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Noted industry expert, trainer starts new website, CollisionAdvice.com.
Shop owner, industry trainer and consultant Mike Anderson has sold his collision repair business, Wagonwork Collision Center in Alexandria, Va., to Pohanka Collision Centers. Anderson says he will now focus on spending time with family, running his consulting business and his new website, CollisionAdvice.com.
The acquisition gives Pohanka nine shop locations in Virginia and Maryland.
“After much thought, prayer and consultation with wise and trusted colleagues, I’ve sold Wagonwork Collision Center,” Anderson said in an e-mailed statement. “I see this sale as a win-win for both me and Chris Pohanka. My shop was doing well. We had a three-week backlog of work and were busy and making money. So Chris has stepped in to a great situation.”
CollisionAdvice.com includes workshops, seminars, facilitation of “20 groups,” and individual work with shops on financials, estimating training, lean manufacturing principles and more, Anderson says. The site also includes access to free forms, useful tools and a comprehensive list of industry links.
Additional members of the CollisionAdvice.com consulting team are Mark Claypool (SOPs, website development, optimization and social media management), Hank Nunn (customer service, negotiation skills, distributor sales) and Kirstin Klabunde (accounting training, system software setup and integration).
Although he has sold his shop, Anderson said he plans to stay active in the collision repair industry.
“I will continue to serve on a number of industry boards, and I don’t rule out owning a shop again,” he said. “In another year or two, I may open a shop somewhere else. This just seems like a good time and opportunity to step away for awhile.”