David Luehr

David Luehr

David Luehr is the owner of Elite Body Shop Solutions, LLC a collision business consulting firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 30-year veteran of the collision repair industry and has served on several industry association boards across the USA as well as leadership positions with companies such as Manheim and ABRA. David is an expert in Body Shop Operations and specializes in Lean and Theory of Constraints methods. Email him at david.luehr@elitebodyshopsolutions.com. 

Friday, 30 October 2020 11:09

Financial Incompetence is No Excuse!

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Struggling businesspeople can often be heard reciting all the reasons they aren’t making enough money.

Monday, 31 August 2020 11:23

5 Numbers You Need to Know Every Day

Written by Dave Luehr

During a time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for small business owners to understand their financial key performance indicators and use these KPI’s to make proactive adjustments to remain profitable.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 08:25

The Journey to Operational Excellence

Written by Dave Luehr

One of the commonalities between most collision repair shops is chaos.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 10:36

Problems Are Opportunities!

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There are many commonalities between the homeless living on Skid Row, the mediocre, and the successful.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:35

Keeping Score

Written by Dave Luehr

Make it a Game


In the popular 1980s book "The Game of Work," author Charles Coonradt wrote, “People will pay for the privilege of working harder than they will work when they are paid.”

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:10

Automobile Technology Now and in the Future

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What would happen to the collision repair industry if automobile collisions no longer happened?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:04

The Simple Rule on Pre-ordering Parts

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There are numerous philosophies in our industry on the subject of pre-ordering parts.

Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:42

The Art of Business

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I grew up in a family of artists. Not always the kind of people that come to mind when thinking of the dog-eat-dog business world. As a young man, my own artistic expression found its way into the automotive repair business as an automotive painter.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 14:52

4 Attributes of A Successful CEO

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In a business such as collision repair that is notoriously difficult to manage, a successful leader must have a firm grasp on their time management. With so many distractions every day, a laser focus on completing important tasks that will move the company in the right direction is critical.

Thursday, 14 July 2016 11:00

The Fastest Shops in the World!

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Even with loads of lean information being thrust at us for over two decades, our collision repair industry’s average cycle time is still hovering at just over ten days. This is just the average; some shops are running at close to 15 days or more while a small handful of innovative thinkers are able to produce repairs in only four days on average.

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