Generationally Speaking
April 2014

See what makes us different … and the same!

In this month’s “Generationally Speaking” department, meet Shaun Farnsworth and Scott St. Amand, both technicians at Atlantic Motorcar Center (www.atlanticmotorcar.com), Wiscasset, Maine. The shop is owned by Bruce Howes, founder.

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Shaun Farnsworth, Generation X

What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that still sticks with you today?

Hard work and determination are the foundations of success!

What is the best decision you have ever made?

To marry my wife!

Drink of choice?

Coffee.

How did you get into the automotive service business?

I had a love of automobiles at a young age.

Best vacation you’ve ever had?

Every vacation!

What do you drive?

1988 Mustang GT.

If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do?

Go to a racing event.

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

Hard work is the only way to succeed.

What do you like most about your work?

It is challenging and ever-changing.

What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Save money.

Speaking on behalf of your generation, how do you see the future of the industry?

I think computer technology will drive some techs away.

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Scott St. Amand, Generation Y

What is one piece of advice your parents gave you that still sticks with you today?

Don’t give up on anything.

What is the best decision you have ever made?

Having children.

Drink of choice?

Dark and stormy.

How did you get into the automotive service business?

I enjoy using my hands, and an opportunity was presented by a friend.

Best vacation you have ever been on?

Washington state.

What do you drive?

’93 BMW 325iS.

If you had a free weekend by yourself, what would you do?

Home improvements.

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

If cars are your thing, build them rather than fix them!

What do you like most about your work?

It is ever-changing and always presents new challenges.

What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?

Save money!

Speaking on behalf of your generation, how do you see the future of the industry?

It is growing more complex, and cutting out those without computer knowledge or capability. Independents need to really stay with it.

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