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Posted 2/13/2012

More than 90 percent of ASA member-shops are family-owned businesses, according to our 2011 AutoInc. Readership Survey. Learn what different generations from the same shop are thinking and how they are relating in this customer-driven industry. In this month’s “Generationally Speaking” department, meet Todd Colchin, founder and owner of Colchin Automotive and Diesel Inc. in Arvada, Colo., and his service adviser, Josh Ingram, AAM.

Baby Boomer Generation X

Todd ColchinTodd Colchin,
Baby Boomer

Who do you trust the most?
To make things happen? Myself. Just plain trust? My wife, Kerry.

What is the best decision you have ever made?
To attend Colorado State University – where I met Kerry.

Best book you’ve ever read?
“The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People,” by Steven Covey.

How did you get into the automotive service business?
A strong interest in everything mechanical from a very young age coupled with a strong interest in working with people catalyzed into Colchin Automotive Inc. immediately following CSU.

Who or what inspires you?
Other people, including family, without question.

What do you drive?
Customer vehicles, making assessments and diagnosing problems.

If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do?
Work out, repair and maintain the never-ending string of machinery in my life, free ride dirt bikes, hunt or hike, eat dinner, read something, sleep – get up Sunday to do it again.

What piece of advice would you give a young person who is graduating from high school today?
Get a college education; realize there is better entertainment than a smartphone; and control how you spend your time – it is finite.

What do you like most about your work?
The challenge, variety, interaction with people, producing a valuable, final product.

What is one electronic gadget that you cannot live without?
Electronic fuel injection. Electronics integrated into the internal combustion engine have created unimaginable benefits to the entire planet.

Josh IngramJosh Ingram, AAM,
Generation X

Who do you trust the most?
My dad.

What is the best decision that you have ever made?
Went back to high school and graduated after I dropped out for a year.

Best book you’ve ever read?
“How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie.

How did you get into the automotive service business?
Always liked working with cars, so I applied at a local shop while working in a job I hated.

Who or what inspires you?
My grandma, for her strength and values.

What do you drive?
Daily – 1998 Toyota Tacoma. For fun – 2004 Lexus IS300.

If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do?
Fly to San Antonio for a Spurs basketball game and hang out on the River Walk.

What piece of advice would you give a young person who is graduating from high school today?
Learn the value of networking with others and never stop learning.

What do you like most about your work?
No two days are ever the same, and I work with a great group of people.

What is one electronic gadget you cannot live without?
Electric toothbrush!

In future issues, we are inviting different generations from each shop (you don’t have to be related) to participate in the “Generationally Speaking” department. If you are interested, please send AutoInc. Editor Leona Dalavai Scott a quick note at leonad@asashop.

 

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