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It was October of 2018 when I first sat down to look at goals and options for my future. My current role and passion were firmly rooted in an automotive shop located in Little Rock, Arkansas – one that was founded by me and two technicians in 1990. By the year 2020, our revenue had grown to $2.5 million annually. That did not happen by chance. Rather, it developed over years of personal development, discovering the secret to hiring trainable people, and providing an environment that not only allowed, but encouraged my team to develop and grow as leaders.

In contemplating my future, I knew that wisdom and success are found in a multitude of counselors. My next step was to seek input and counsel from the four people closest to me which included my wife. At the same time, dedicated time was spent creating a document that clearly listed all options before me. After much discussion and deliberation (close to two years), the right path for me was clear. I discovered that my passion for the future could be found in the assisting of other business owners, just like me, in their quest to find solutions to the problems and pressures that are faced daily – most of the time (or most often) in an isolated and lonely place. I could especially relate to automotive shop owners. Through decades of experience, I knew that there are typically only a few options for every shop owner as they reach the decision point that I had just reached – either you keep working, you sell, or you close down a business into which you’ve poured your entire life. For me, the stark and frightening realization that if the only leader in my organization leaves (namely, me), it is game over! It became obvious that in order for my business to successfully continue, a future owner with adequate leadership skills had to be developed within the business.


Maybe you are in a similar situation in the planning of your future. Perhaps you are looking for the best solution and employee in setting up a succession plan for your business. Maybe, just maybe, you’ve even identified the person that you feel would be best to take over for you when you’re ready to cash out and retire. That’s where I come in – I’m confident that I can be of great assistance to you no matter where you are in the process. The Leadershift Program hosts weekly sessions specifically for the purpose of teaching leadership skills to any employee. The sessions allow for specific and deliberate instruction in various leadership skills which include one-on-one conversations designed to address the specific needs of you and/or your employees. In the end, participants will become better equipped and properly motivated which is intended to result in you growing your staff right where they are and possibly finding the person best suited to be your successor. And, I’ll be here every step of the way – this is what I was made to do!


Mike began his automotive career in 1984 detailing vehicles for a GMC dealership. He started working in independent shops in 1992 and opened Parkway Automotive in 1998. He joined RLO Connor’s Bottom-Line Impact Group in 1999 and graduated from the Automotive Management Institute in 2000. Mike was voted Arkansas’ NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year from 2001 to 2008, joined Elite Pro Service Peer Group in 2008 and continues to be an active member. He has been a business coach for Elite Worldwide, a published author, and a presenter at multiple conferences across the United States. In 2013, Mike created a live interview seminar called Hiring for Keeps, and developed an automotive apprentice program that was approved by the United States Department of Labor in 2016. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, trainer, and coach. Mike is married with four adult children, resides in Alexander, Arkansas, and is a member of The Bible Church of Little Rock.