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Monday, 17 April 2017 20:34

Shop Strategies: 26-Year-Old Lead Painter Says to Never Settle

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Jordan Wincek, the lead painter at Nagy’s Green location in Akron, Ohio


Based in Ohio, Nagy's Collision Centers is an award-winning family-owned collision repair facility.

In addition to their 10 locations, the company also owns Nagy's Power Sports, a recreational vehicle service and repair company, and ProTouch Automotive Detailing, which provides full detailing as well as recon, bedliners, undercoating and rustproofing services. Autobody News spoke to Dan Nagy, owner and vice-president of the MSO, as well as Jordan Wincek, the lead painter at the company’s Akron location.


Q: Jordan, can you tell us how long you have been a painter at Nagy's, and about your background in the industry?


Jordan: I am 26 years old and started working at Nagy’s Wooster location in November 2013 as a painter's helper shortly after graduating from WyoTech. Later, I transferred to Nagy’s Green location in Akron. At WyoTech, I studied collision, refinishing, street rod and custom fabrication. As an Eagle Tech, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. After working with Nagy’s for about a year, the lead painter took me under his wing and worked with me constantly.


I transferred to Nagy’s Green location in September 2016, where I became the lead painter. In that short time, I have had two trucks that I painted published in Diesel World magazine—one as a centerfold and the other (which debuted at SEMA 2015) on the cover. I have also had my personal custom-painted car in Wizard Products catalog this year.


Q: Congratulations on your accomplishments to date. Do you have a specialty when it comes to painting?


Jordan: I love custom painting metal flake, chameleon and Kandy colors. I don't think there is just one thing I enjoy most about painting since there is so much satisfaction that comes with taking something that is completely trashed and turning it into something beautiful again.


The people you meet in this industry/ community are by far my favorite. I have met some of the nicest people from Tony Larimer at SATA to Kristen Felder with Collision Hub to Tim Briggs at Collision Edge. It is very humbling to see how a lot of hard work and dedication, (along with my arsenal of SATA spray guns), have helped me accomplish what I have in a few short years.


Q: What is your advice to other painters?


Jordan: Don't stop learning! Always be a sponge and absorb all the information you can. Stay up-to-date with techniques and products. Try new things and ALWAYS do a spray out card. Have fun, enjoy what you do and don't be too hard on yourself. Never stop trying and never settle.


Q: Dan, as one of the owners of Nagy’s and vice-president of the company, can you tell us the background of Nagy’s and your 11 locations?


Dan: My father, Dave, began his career path as a tool and die maker. With a love of automobiles, he opened Nagy’s Body & Frame in Doylestown in 1973. After three additions and many updates over the years, this location remains the largest facility in the Nagy’s Collision Centers family.


My brother, Ron, and I both worked at the family business as technicians for more than 15 years. We eventually purchased the business from our father in 1995. In 2005, we identified a need in the Wooster area for a collision repair facility and purchased a 6,000-square-foot building. After remodeling it, we officially opened in September of that year.


Two years later, Kirk Spurgeon of Spurgeon Chevrolet approached us about establishing a shop under the Nagy’s name and we held our grand opening in 2008. Since then, we’ve opened an additional seven locations.


Q: Can you tell us what it is like to operate multiple locations?  


Dan: There are many benefits, including load leveling vehicles due to scheduling, the type of vehicle and the type of repair. There are also larger repair opportunities and access to an operations team that handles our marketing, human resources and financing. Although there are challenges, we look at them as opportunities. The opportunity we work on most is uniformity at our 10 locations: in Akron, Ashland, Doylestown, Hartville, Holmesville, Orrville, two in Wadsworth and two in Wooster.


Q: What sets Nagy's apart from other collision shops in the industry?


Dan: We thrive on being customer "servants." All businesses claim to have customer service; we strive at serving them. We also thrive on training. We focus on more than I-CAR and “Lunch and Learns.” We take the management level up a notch by having our own leadership training and hosting our own "Leadership Symposium" attended by over 100 local business owners and managers.


We recognize the importance of giving back to the community and support a variety of organizations such as the American Heart Association, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Girl Scouts and Down Syndrome. Not only does this bring our employees together but it gives back to the communities where we operate.


It is very exciting to be in this industry with so many changes happening so quickly. We take pride in responding to our customers and industry demands by constantly upgrading our equipment, education and training. With a total of 118 employees at our 10 locations, there is no other team I would rather be on than the Nagy's team.


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