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Bill Huber, Baby Boomer
What do you think about when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning? I’m usually listening to the morning news and weather. Also thinking about what’s coming up for the day.
What is the best decision you have ever made? To go through with heart surgery to replace a torn valve. While I was symptom-free at the time and could have waited to have the surgery done, going ahead with it was a positive, life-changing experience for me.
Drink of choice. In the morning, it’s black coffee. After work, a nice cold draft beer!
How did you get into the automotive service business? I’ve always been good at fixing things and I always loved to work on my cars. I took auto shop for two years in high school and then was able to attend tech school. During that time I worked at what would now be considered an “old-school” gas station. That really gave me a solid start in the business, and I’ve been going for more than 30 years.
Show that you have to record if you miss it? I don’t record any shows these days. But I love to watch PBS Channel shows; science, cooking and travel shows are my favorite.
What do you drive? My daily driver is a trusty old Jeep Grand Cherokee. My toy car is a classic ‘88 BMW 325 that I saved from the scrap heap and it is really fun to drive.
If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do? I guess I would watch a bunch of movies in my collection. And take lots of naps!
What piece of advice would you give a young person who is graduating from high school today? I would encourage them to find a path that really interested them. Something they can turn into a marketable skill. I think learning a trade can be one of the most secure paths for people. Mike Royko once wrote, “Get a job that someone needs to get done.” I think that’s very good advice.
What do you like most about your work? What I like most is the satisfaction of problem solving. Every day brings something new, and it’s never boring.
Favorite musician or favorite type of music? Geddy Lee from the band Rush. No doubt about that one!
Speaking on behalf of your generation, how do you see the future of the industry? I think that no matter how much technology will continue to drive this business, it will still be about customer service and the standards you set for yourself and the people you work with.
Todd Chavin, Y/Millennium
What do you think about when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning? I usually plan my day out in my head. What the kids need for the day, as well as myself.
What is the best decision you have ever made? Marrying my beautiful wife, who blessed me with two beautiful boys!
Drink of choice. Gatorade.
How did you get into the automotive service business? I needed a part-time job while taking college classes. Worked at a service station and loved it. Then I transferred to a tech school.
Show that you have to record if you miss it? All Chicago Blackhawk games.
What do you drive? 2003 Honda Accord Coupe V6.
If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do? Take my dog to the dog park, and go fly my remote-controlled helicopter.
What piece of advice would you give a young person who is graduating from high school today? Choose a career that you love. I love my career, and I haven’t worked a day in my life!
What do you like most about your work? The instant gratification of taking a broken vehicle and bringing it back to life.
Favorite musician or favorite type of music? Zac Brown Band/Country.
Speaking on behalf of your generation, how do you see the future of the industry? At some point I see the industry moving away from internal combustion engines and thus changing everything.
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 email@example.com.