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About Kayla Maksen

Kayla Maksen is a Marketing Specialist at WrenchWay. Kayla graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater in 2019 with a major in marketing and a minor in experiential and sport marketing. Kayla began her career in Event Coordinating and Client Relations. That experience set off her desire to explore the creative, innovative, and exciting career that is marketing for the automotive, collision, and diesel industry at WrenchWay. In her free time, Kayla enjoys playing volleyball, catching up on the latest movies/TV shows, baking, and getting together with family and friends.

Student Journey in Automotive ft. Caroline Daley, Engineering Student

Episode Description In this week’s episode of Beyond the Wrench, we are joined by Caroline Daley, Engineering Student, University of South Florida. Caroline gives us details about her experience in the automotive industry, misconceptions of the industry, the importance of exploring multiple career options, and her journey to becoming a SkillsUSA national officer. Watch the

2022-06-28T16:15:54-05:00Beyond the Wrench|

Top Shops with Great Owners & Managers

For the month of June, our topic of the month was all about great owners & managers. We encouraged our WrenchWay Top Shops to submit videos highlighting how their owners and managers build and foster relationships with the technicians in their shop. These types of videos are easy for shops owners and managers to create,

2022-06-24T13:28:31-05:00Shop Management|

Instructor Spotlight Series: Randy Golding

This article is part of an ongoing series to highlight fun/unique things different schools across the country are doing to attract students to their technician program, keep them engaged in the program, and set them up for a successful career as a technician. Instructor Spotlight: Randy Golding School: West-MEC CTE High School # of years

Shop Leadership ft. Lucas Underwood, L&N Performance Auto Repair

Episode Description In this week’s episode of Beyond the Wrench, we are joined by Lucas Underwood, President, L&N Performance Auto Repair. Lucas shares with us stories from his experience as a shop owner, common problems found in leadership, and what makes someone a great leader. Watch the Full Episode Common Problems in Leadership Independent shop

2022-06-21T10:36:42-05:00Beyond the Wrench|

Happy Father’s Day – The Jones Motorsports Story

Here at WrenchWay, we are always looking for new and exciting ways we can get involved with our local community. This is why we have decided to sponsor a local racing team, Jones Motorsports. Jones Motorsport is made up of two brothers, Parker and Payton Jones. For Father’s Day, we wanted to do something special

2022-06-19T08:06:13-05:00News|

Technician Spotlight Series: Dale T.

Here at Wrenchway, we are always working to think of new and creative ways to share the knowledge, skill level, and hard work it takes to be an automotive technician. This is why we started our technicians spotlight series. These articles are part of an ongoing series to highlight and promote the technician career —

Safety First ft. Charlie Ayers, Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR)

Episode Description In this week's episode of Beyond the Wrench, we are joined by Charlie Ayers, President, Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR). Jay and Charlie discuss how shops can understand and not fear OSHA, the importance of safety training, and best practices for shop safety. Watch the Full Episode Understanding, and Not Fearing OSHA

2022-06-14T15:13:14-05:00Beyond the Wrench|

Roundtable Recap: The Role of Management in Technician Recruitment & Retention

The number one reason employees leave companies is because of their manager, not their job. With that being said, owners/managers have to be doing everything they can to recruit and retain technicians. We hosted a roundtable with three amazing owners/managers to discuss how they build and foster relationships with technicians in their shops. Watch the

2022-06-10T13:25:27-05:00News|

Building Good Teams ft. John Spence, Business Advisor and Author

Episode Description In this week’s episode of Beyond the Wrench, we are joined by John Spence, Business Advisor and Author. John shares with us what employees are looking for in a job, how to build a strong team, and the characteristics of a great leader. Watch the Full Episode 6 Things Top Talent Looks for

2022-06-07T14:46:52-05:00Beyond the Wrench|

WrenchWay’s Free Solutions for High Schools

At WrenchWay, our mission is to improve and promote the automotive, collision, and diesel industries—and a major part of that is doing what we can to help out schools. We recently hosted a demonstration of WrenchWay’s free solutions for high schools. You can watch the full demo below, or read the summary for the highlights.

2022-06-17T11:13:27-05:00For Schools|
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