By Ashley Reyes
Michael Hicks of The Retrofit Source has been named the SEMA Young Executives Network’s (YEN) newest Spotlight member. Get to know what his Number One action step is for preparing for an important meeting, and how he applies it to succeed in everyday business.
SEMA: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Michael Hicks: Want it badder than you want to breath, then you can be successful.
SEMA: What keeps you in the industry?
MH: First, the love for cars and the need to advance something to the next level - be it performance or cosmetic! Second, excitement for how the industry grows. It seems as if there is no limit as to what can be done!
SEMA: Where can you be found on a Saturday?
MH: Driving through the mountains, wrenching on my personal vehicles, spending time with the family, or in most cases a mixture of all.
SEMA: How do you prepare for an important meeting?
MH: Listening. An important meeting has no value if you do not listen, obtain the information, and apply it. Often times taking notes when applicable.
SEMA: If you could go to lunch with one industry leader, living or dead, who it would be?
MH: This is a hard one because the industry is filled with great leaders. That’s why it's as vast as it is today. If I have to choose, I had the pleasure of working with Justin Norton from Atlanta Custom Wraps, and seeing where he started to being a repeat SEMA attendee with the success in his company to go with it. I would sit down with him and have more conversations on what it takes to reach that level.