nick bio | Shop Management Alliance

Nick Rahkonen is a successful business consultant, speaker and master trainer. He helps auto, truck and collision repair shop owners stop turning wrenches and build successful businesses. Over the course of his 25+ year consulting career, Nick has empowered more than 600 auto repair shop owners to achieve massive growth through efficient shop management and accountability. His innovative approach to the time-tested 20 group structure incorporates the real-life industry experience of successful shop owners and the organizational guidance of seasoned consultants to produce powerful results in a fraction of the time needed by traditional consulting programs. 


Automotive Magic

Shawn Gilfillan is a successful automotive repair shop owner, trainer and business consultant. He teaches other shop owners how to make more money and take more time off by mastering their numbers, building systems that make their shops run efficiently and working on the business, not in the business.  Over the past 17 years, Shawn has built his own shop Automotive Magic in Kenvil, NJ into a thriving business turning his passion for working on cars and helping people into a model of possibility for his consulting clients. He is a dynamic communicator and shares his practical in the trenches experience with clients in a down to earth way that helps them take action and get results.


Robert

Robert Archer is an accomplished auto repair industry leader, trainer and business consultant. He works with auto, truck and collision repair businesses to improve skills, streamline operations and boost profitability. Robert has maintained ASE Certified Master Technician status for over 35 years and built his own auto repair business Aardvark Automotive starting from nothing into a local powerhouse in Amarillo, TX before selling to his manager in 2018. In 2009 he caught a glimpse of his future calling when he was able to double gross sales of his shop in a single year after working with a business consultant. Wanting to pass this valuable experience along to others, Robert became a consultant full-time after selling his successful shop. Now he shares his lifetime of automotive experience with other shop owners so they can short-cut pitfalls and build great businesses that provide outstanding service to customers and a great life for each of their employees.


Christopher_T_Lawson | Astute_Social_Media

Christopher T. Lawson is a sought after author, speaker and digital strategist. As the Owner and Founder of Astute Social Media, LLC., Chris helps auto and truck repair shop owners get social media handled so they can get back to growing their business. He is a featured speaker for regional and national industry conferences and trade shows including Shop Management Alliance (SMA) and Independent Truck Repair Group (iTRG) showing attendees how to build and maintain a 5-star reputation, find high quality employees on Facebook and get their shops found online to generate a consistent flow of new customers.

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