May 3, 2019 / Career Spotlight
Paul Prochilo is the CEO of Simplicity Car Care
What does your job title mean?
I am responsible for the growth and development of the franchise company.
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Caledon East, Ontario, Canada. At the age of seven, I moved to and grew up in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Where do you live now?
I now live in Woodbridge Ontario, Canada
Where did you complete your training or education?
Describe what you do at work.
My daily activities consist of reviewing reports to determine how I can best assist my team in achieving desired tasks/goals. I would suggest that science is a very important skill in order to be able to assess cause/effect in all scenarios. Engineering and science also provide excellent skill sets for problem-solving, which is huge! Math and technology are very important to help make the right decision. The STEM model is exceptionally critical to making decisions on the floor, working on cars and in the office. Problems range from identifying hidden damage to the vehicle structure, how to gain more efficiency in the operation, and can these results deliver a better client experience?
How does your job affect peoples lives?
My career is relevant because I am responsible for providing secure employment to my employees, and helping customers in their time of need. Most importantly, as a member of the collision repair industry, I ensure that people are driving safe vehicles after an accident.
What motivates you in your career?
For me, the motivation for work is when I see plans that have been developed, being competed because of the co-operation of the entire organization. When we earn best-in-class client satisfaction, it’s because the whole team pulled together on every repair. When you measure performance and identify we are among the best, it’s because everyone co-operated and executed the plan. These wins lead to success for all and that is the most motivating feeling ever.
Describe your career path.
I didn’t plan on being in the collision repair industry. I planned to attend law school, but after graduation, quickly identified that my family’s business needed my help. I took a lot of technical training which is where STEM experience helped out a lot. I had to adapt to the collision centre by using engineering, science and technology knowledge to assist in learning damage assessments and vehicle repairs. During my career, I have had many failures that didn’t go to plan. I overcame them by believing in myself, in the plan and used these failures as opportunities to become better. So far, everything has worked perfectly.
What activities do you like to do outside of work?
I have fun by going to the gym, playing with my dog and hanging out weekends with either my wife or the boys.
What advice or encouragement would you give others seeking a similar career?
Join us! The aftermarket automotive industry is growing, changing and becoming a technology hub. We need you and your skills. Looking forward to meeting you.
Let’s Talk Science is proud to partner with the Automotive Industries Association of Canada to help shed light on the many interesting STEM related careers available in the automotive aftermarket industry. Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization focused on engaging youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and outreach to support youth development.