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Cecil Bullard shares his evolution from a mechanic to an industry consultant, tackling profitability challenges in the automotive sector.

Training Profitable Auto Shops

Cecil Bullard with the Institute of Automotive Business Excellence shares his profound story of evolution from a mechanic to an industry...

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Discover the hidden value in your business with Andrew Parrish of Alternative Tax Solutions.

Riches in the Niches

In this episode of the Blood, Sweat, and Business podcast, business owners get to hear from Andrew Parrish of Alternative Tax Solutions. The...

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Knowledge is NOT power, Action IS

Knowledge is NOT Power, Action IS

In this episode of the Blood, Sweat & Business we talk with Al Oramas. We discuss how he made the transition from working on cars to growing his...

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Crafting a Culture of Excellence in Automotive Repair

Brin Klinedelves into what setsAssured Auto Worksapart in the world of general automotive repair shops. He emphasizes the importance of...

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Navigating the Automotive Business Landscape

John and Eric sit down with Colten Ramsey, the founder of Ramsey Repair in Iowa. Colten opens up about his early career aspirations, two agricultural...

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The Power of Coaching in Automotive Business

In this latest episode, we have the pleasure of welcoming two incredible guests from the Institute of Automotive Business Excellence - Jennifer...

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The power of networking in your industry

The Power Of Networking In Your Industry

Get ready to feel inspired with this week's podcast featuring Kim Hickey, the Director of Client Fulfillment with Automotive Training Institute...

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Running a Family Business

Running a family business

Bill and Bob Seitz, brothers and the owners of Libertyville Car Spa and BP of Lake Forest, joined us to discuss their j ourney from taking over...

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Transitioning to running your own business

The Transition to Running Your Own Business

Dave Hinz worked 17 years as an automotive tech before making the leap into running and managing his own business. After 20 years running his own...

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How to implement profit first strategies into your business

How to Implement Profit First Strategies into Your Business

Ron Saharyan is a co-founder of Profit First Professionals. Based on the book by Mike Michalowicz, Profit First is a methodology for running a...

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Finding the Right People in Business

Finding The Right People In Business

There’s always a fine balance between modernizing and keeping what people love when you own a family business. On this episode have on Mike Hagi to...

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Meet Your Hosts

Eric Joern

Eric Joern

Eric is a graduate of Columbia College of Missouri with a degree in accounting and joined the firm in 2013. He is a licensed CPA and a key business advisor at Kaizen. Coming from generations of entrepreneurs, small business is in his blood.

He has spent his working career getting his hands dirty with concrete, increasing profits and efficiency, managing an automotive service department, and currently is a key resource for many small business owners. Eric is currently the lead on our Automotive concentration, with years of experience as an Automotive Service Advisor and connections in the industry to better serve his clients.

Eric enjoys live music, working with his hands, and spending time outdoors with his wife and their two pooches. A big fan of the Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks, he jumps at the chance to catch ‘em live and in person when he can.

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John Chiappetta

John is a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul in Chicago, IL. In 2003, John purchased a small tax practice in Antioch IL. He continued his entrepreneurial adventure, purchasing and merging with multiple accounting firms, and in 2022, merged his firm with Kaizen CPAs + Advisors. John has predominantly focused on tax planning and compliance. He also has his CFP® and is a licensed financial representative. John enjoys helping clients plan for a healthy financial future.

John enjoys spending time with his family. His wife Helen also has the entrepreneurial spirit, running a family diner in Antioch, IL. John and Helen have two children, Nico and Gianna. On John’s days off, he likes playing pickleball, golf, and the occasional pickup game of football. John appreciates Kenosha’s lakefront and frequently takes long walks on the beach. (He takes some amazing pics of the sunrises over Kenosha’s HarborPark!)