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Repairing the Automotive Industry with Gilda Dyckman, Denise Stanley, Chris Cozad, and Frank Leutz

December 6, 2022

Repairing the Automotive Industry with Gilda Dyckman, Denise Stanley, Chris Cozad, and Frank Leutz

Why are successful shop owners in the automotive industry treated differently from successful entrepreneurs or business owners?

In today’s special episode, I’m joined by Gilda Dyckman, owner of Cars Muffler & Automotive; Denise Stanley, owner of Quality Automotive; Chris Cozad, President at Alternative Auto Care; and Frank Leutz, Marketing Director at Desert Car Care and host of the Wrench Nation podcast. We gathered this exceptional panel to discuss some of the automotive industry’s biggest flaws. 

We discuss the ridiculous questions shop owners get asked daily, the crucial role of mentorship, and the lack of diversity in the industry. We also analyze how to solve the lack of female presence among technicians, overcome “the grease monkey” stereotype, the cultural and generational factors that influence young people to join the industry, and much more. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the advantages and disadvantages of being a man in the automotive industry (5:25)
  • How to react to: Can I talk with the person making the decisions here? (12:04)
  • The automotive industry’s lack of representation (17:28)
  • How to overcome “the grease monkey” stereotype (27:37)
  • We must stop blaming the industry (37:01)
  • We should keep the doors open, but we must open our hearts (44:58)


Jimmy Lea | Product Evangelist at KUKUI

These are what you will get from listening to Kim Hickey on Maximum Octane. Kim is not shy nor will she hide behind the safe questions. She will always dig deep asking great questions to get to the core of the issue/topic.

Insight, Information, and Engagement 

Barney Fein

Take it to the Max with Kim, her peddle to the metal energy and insight will spark your business success!

Go to the front of the pack

Amy Rookwood

Never would have thought a podcast by an auto repair shop would have such useful information for a life coach! Kim is open, unconventional and totally easy to listen to. Loved her background story and this non-auto-centered woman can’t wait to hear more!


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