3 Questions Answered in this Episode:
- Where did Jamie Irvine grow up?
- How did Jamie Irvine get started in the heavy-duty parts industry?
- How did Jamie Irvine get started in podcasting?
Episode 2: In this episode, I wanted to introduce myself and share my story.
I’ve been working in the heavy-duty industry since 1998.
I grew up in Eastern Canada just a few miles north of the state of Maine in a small town in New Brunswick. I spent a lot of time with friends who lived just across the line.
After graduating from high school in 1997, at the age of 17, I moved across the country from the East Coast to the West Coast landing in Vancouver, BC. I was only a few miles north of the state of Washington, and a 2.5-hour drive north of Seattle.
In January of 1998, I was hired to work in the reman shop of a small company called Contech Products.
Contech remanufactured pneumatic air valves, air dryers, and other air over hydraulic actuators. We also were the national distributor for Williams Controls. Later we sold air compressors, remanufactured hydraulic brake boosters and relined brake shoes. Our customers were primarily distributors that supplied logging and mining operations.
During my 9-years at Contech Products, I held many positions starting with being a Valve Rebuilder, then I was a Shop Foreman, Operations Manager, Sales Account Manager, and finally a National Sales Manager.
In 2007 I went to work for Traction HD which is the largest aftermarket distributor in Canada and is part of GPC who also own Napa Auto Parts. I was a Sales Account Manager for 2-years.
In January of 2009, I left Traction HD on good terms to start my own business. 4-months after I resigned, Traction shutdown the branch I worked out of and systematically closed all the corporate stores in British Columbia. It would be 10-years before they would return.
From 2009 until 2016 I operated a contracting business that specialized in Commercial Exterior Building Cleaning. We started the business with $700 in 2009, built it up and sold it on January 1st, 2016.
In late 2015, I moved my family to Edson, Alberta, a small town in Northern Canada where my wife grew up and my parents also now live.
The plan was to buy another business, but the heavy-duty parts industry had other plans. It was time for me to start working in the industry again.
Remember how I said in 2009 I left Traction on good terms?
In the years that I was operating my contracting business, the Operations Manager for Western Canada had left Traction HD and went to work for Artic Truck Parts and Service which was bought by TruckPro.
When he found out I was living in Edson he contacted me. He explained that Artic had a branch in Edson and the Sales Account Manager was 70 and looking to retire.
In September of 2016, I accepted the position and as of the recording of this episode in the spring of 2019 I am responsible for $2.5 Million in sales and I am part of the leadership of that store.
That is my history in the heavy-duty parts industry but how did I get into podcasting?
People kept asking me how I started a business with $700, built it up and sold only a few years later. I was happy to share what I knew, and I coached over a dozen people but eventually, it was too much.
On March 25th, 2018 I launched a business podcast which became known as Build a Better Business with Jamie Irvine. I did 150 episodes sharing all that I knew, and I interviewed dozens of business thought-leaders and entrepreneurs to learn their blueprint for business success.
You can find the Build a Better Business Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
As I learned how to produce a podcast and I learned more about the podcast industry I realized that there was a need for a podcast that served the heavy-duty parts industry.
Well, that is my story and that is why I started The Heavy-Duty Parts Report.
Next episode we are going to discuss the difference between the purchase price and cost-per-mile and why it is so important to get good information before making a buying decision.
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