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  Guest Editorial

See what makes us different ...
and the same!

Posted 01/08/2012

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 their generational differences affect their perspectives inside and outside the workplace. In this month’s “Generationally Speaking” department, meet Steve Johnson, driveability technician of Terry Wynter Auto Service Center, Fort Myers, Fla., and Jeff Jablonski, technician.

Generation X Baby Boomer

Steve Johnson, Baby Boomer

Alfredo Acevedo

What do you think about when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning? How good it would feel to go back to bed for another hour.

What is the best decision you have ever made? Marrying my wife.

Drink of choice: Coke.

How did you get into the automotive service business? Loved things mechanical and always liked the challenge of fixing things.

Show that you have to record if you miss it: Chasing Classic Cars.

What do you drive? Jaguar XJ6.

If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do? Putter about on my boat.

What piece of advice would you give a young person who is graduating from high school today? Don’t place your future on long-term promises. Look for the best terms you can get today. Also, shoot for the highest level possible so you can make yourself valuable.

What do you like most about your work? The challenge of finding and fixing the problem.

Favorite musician or favorite type of music? Rock – Boston.

Speaking on behalf of your generation, how do you see the future of the industry? It’s getting much more technical with electronics and less “mechanical.”

Jeff Jablonski, Generation Y

Gil Bockelman

What do you think about when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning? Repairs I have to do to the house and [Chevy] Nova.

What is the best decision you have ever made? To ask Marlo to marry me.

Drink of choice: Water.

How did you get into the automotive service business? Loved cars ever since I could talk.

Show that you have to record if you miss it: None.

What do you drive? 1977 Chevy Nova and 2006 Nissan Sentra.

If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do? Stay in the garage and work on my Nova.

What piece of advice would you give a young person who is graduating from high school today? Get a college degree.

What do you like most about your work? The ability to fix the vehicle.

Favorite musician or favorite type of music? Beethoven.

Speaking on behalf of your generation, how do you see the future of the industry? Vehicles are getting so technologically complex that blue-collar jobs [like technicians] will become a white-collar industry.

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.org.

 
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