Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When deserving people get cars from body shops, either MSOs or independents, it is always a win-win for the industry and the community.
I interviewed a body shop manager a few years ago who told me that he motivated his people through fear.
Back in 1985, the actor Yul Brynner was dying from cancer when he told a television audience on "Good Morning America" that what he really wanted to do was film a commercial that said, "Now that I'm gone, I'll tell you this: Don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke."
Gabriel Merino, 29, works at Budd's Collision Services in Oakville, Ontario, Canada as the head painter. Like any quality painter, he focuses on the details while pushing the envelope and creating a pristine finished product every time.
Ryan Taylor is a former body shop owner who invented Bodyshop Booster in 2009, an app that streamlines the estimating process for both customers and shops.
If there were a Hall of Fame for the inventors of collision repair equipment, there would be a whole wing named after Lavell Chisum, 92, the creator of the Chief EZ Liner.
Connie Manjavinos, 25, started her career as a detailer at a CarMax in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA, seven years ago.
Last year, I interviewed Jose Esquivel, the owner of Midwest Auto Body in Melrose, IL about his journey into collision repair.
Mike's Auto Body's second in-house graduating class produced four new collision professionals, including Lorenzo Algood, (third from right), whose father Lupe (second from right) is one of the program's instructors.
When Lorenzo Algood recently became the second member of his family to graduate from the Mike's Auto Body Metal Tech Training Program, it made the celebration a family affair.
Many body shop owners have been seduced by the idea of having a free website while their competitors are dropping major bucks on their sites.