Posts Tagged ‘Xpel’

Operating With a Type A Personality

Jun 22nd, 2022

I was a year into running my paint protection film business when my father stopped by to chat after finishing work. I was installing a partial hood, and while we talked, I proceeded to rip the film off and re-do it three times. He didn’t say anything but clearly could see my frustration. As I […]

A Conversation with Chris West

Jun 15th, 2022

I toured XPEL’s headquarters in San Antonio last week, scanning the labs, training rooms and the company’s expansive warehouse. My tour guide was Chris West, XPEL’s director of automotive films. After my walkthrough, we sat down to chat about his first experience with paint protection film (PPF), the art of business ownership and his new […]

Marco Cazorla, “The Film Trainer,” Shares Favorite Aspects of WFCT

May 25th, 2022

Marco Cazorla shares some insight for industry newcomers and his favorite aspects of WFCT. “It’s an excellent industry to jump into, and there’s no better time to join it than NOW.” Hands-on demonstrations and training, the best industry education and a chance to network with colleagues all under one roof. Marco will be there … […]

XPEL Reports Revenue of $71.9 Million in Q1 2022

May 18th, 2022

XPEL, a provider of protective films and coatings, announced results for the Q1 that ended March 31, 2022. Revenues increased approximately $20.0 million or 38.6% to $71.9 million as compared to $51.9 million in the first quarter of the prior year. The gross margin was 38.6% compared to 35.3% in the first quarter of 2021. […]

National Small Business Week: Owners Share Struggles and Successes

May 4th, 2022

National Small Business Week celebrates American entrepreneurs’ economic contributions. Speed bumps may compose the road to a successful startup, but Tim Ham, owner of Felony Film in Atlanta, Ga., trusted the process. The installer’s record includes 10 felonies inspiring his company’s name. “I started two pawn shops and got into trouble buying a stolen truckload […]

Five Mistakes New Shop Owners Make

May 4th, 2022

Let’s talk about some of the mistakes I commonly see new shop owners make. The five I’ll cover are errors I made—and learned from—the hard way. If you avoid these, you’re off to the races. 1. Spending Money on Things With Little to no Return on Investment (ROI)    In 2003, I was hyper-focused on […]

Start Your Engines: XPEL Sets the Stage at Texas Motor Speedway

Apr 27th, 2022

Texas Motor Speedway features 20 degrees of banking in turns one and two and 24 degrees of banking in turns three and four. The grounds were home to the XPEL 375, a 248 lap, 372.8 mile Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) IndyCar Series race held from March 19 to 20. David Chukhman, president at Tritek […]

All in on Autism: Tinters Travel for Tint-A-Thon

Apr 13th, 2022

One in 44 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2018 data cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disorder’s offensive was met with fierce resistance at Shore Tint and More in Seaford, Del., where more than 25 tinters met as one to raise $10,000 for Autism […]

Scaling Your Business

Mar 23rd, 2022

Congratulations, you started a business! This is exciting for many, yet daunting as you now control your own destiny. The initial months or years of operation are spent wearing many hats. An owner-operator is a salesperson, installer, porter, janitor, and accountant. It’s fulfilling and empowering, but it can also leave many owners burnt out from […]

Tinting, Protecting, and … Replacing?

Mar 9th, 2022

Dwight Lopez Sr. opened Dwight’s Auto Glass in Southern Arizona in 1986. Today, his son Dwight Lopez Jr. runs the same company, which has expanded to four locations in the 36 years since it opened. “It’s good to do both so that we keep the business in-house,” says Dwight Lopez Jr., of his company, which […]

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