We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When the business was new, it had to be nurtured and tended to 24/7. My brother’s and my lives and souls poured into it. As we worked our way out of debt and covered the expenses to survive, what little we had left, we put into savings. As years passed, the balance began to shift more midline; no more working weekends, taking off holidays, treating myself to a vacation, etc. Work/life balance not only is important to those in your inner circle in life for balancing and maintaining your relationships, but it’s really about keeping your mental health in check. Life and running a business is all about balance, and what good is a successful business if you aren’t enjoying your life outside of that business? Work to live, don’t live to work.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I think our attention to detail, enthusiasm and passion for the industry we’re in and the service’s we provide set us apart from others in our line of work. We take pride not only in the quality of the services we offer, but the quality of our customer service and the input we receive from our customers. Our clients’ reaction when they see our facility, and when they see their finished vehicle is what excites me the most. The old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day” couldn’t be more true. Success isn’t ever instant or overnight. Like anything that comes good in life, it comes with repetition. Challenges that we faced building the business, while some were easy, some were difficult. It’s those times that really show you what you’re made of and how you react under pressure. I’d like the world to know that we’re just two brothers having fun doing what we love to do. As the brand grows, we’d love the heritage of our reputation and quality to continue with it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a foodie, so all the restaurants would have to be visited first haha. Dominicks, steak 44, zinburger, Gio’s pizza in anthem are some of the go-to’s! Catching a comedy show downtown, some of the local car scenes at the pavilions down off Indian bend, cars and coffee, heading north to see the beautiful Sedona area would be a few areas I’d hit up.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout(s) definitely have to go to first and foremost God above. Secondly, my family, my wonderful girlfriend who always supports me, Renny Doyle and the Detail Mafia for all their input, encouragement and support.