We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse McCoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
This is a question most entrepreneurs ask themselves a lot and sometimes even, daily. Myself, included. At an early age I was given the responsibility to make a lot of hard choices and absolute freedom to make those choices. My parents were very willing to let me learn the hard way and for that I am eternally grateful; I wouldn’t have it any other way. There are days where it would be easier to just give up and move onto something else. On those days, I have to remind myself that means I am challenging myself and that is all I have ever wanted was the freedom to challenge myself and my abilities everyday. For me there is no giving up – if an adjustment is needed then so be it. I will get my thoughts together and make some changes, i.e. career, educationally and or personally but it is never giving up; always onto the next problem to solve. I believe a strong mindset in life is half the battle. If you give yourself the option to give up, then you probably will.
What should our readers know about your business?
Inspector’s Auto has been a staple in Flagstaff for over 30 years. That is what really sets us apart, I have been with the company for 10 years and over those 10 years we have continued to get better and better. It is one thing for a company to provide great service on-time but over and over again year after year takes another level of dedication. The biggest reason I am where I am in business is by waking up everyday and starting fresh. I take what I learned the day before and keep moving forward. Running a business can weigh you down and I learned very early on that you have to learn something everyday and focus on the small wins. Nothing satisfying is ever easy, but I feel very fortunate to have had a wonderful support system. My wife has made this journey so easy on me by just standing with me trough 100 hour weeks and 60+ days straight at times. She is always ready and willing to let me chase my dreams. I think the one thing I love most about my story and my brand is that we continue to grow and starting with the company as part-time detailer while I attended NAU I literally started at the bottom. This was also just after a very hard slow down in our industry following 2008 and Inspector’s was down to just 3 employees. So no matter where you start or where you are at today, just start taking steps and learning. We learn something everyday on how to better service our clients, that is our goal everyday.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Got to check out Snowbowl and take the scenic chair lift. Then head to either Shift Kitchen or Flag Brew for dinner and some drinks. The rest of the trip just plan their day around meals. My wife and I are huge foodies and anyday(s) we have off and are in Flagstaff we pretty much just plan meal to meal. There are also so many good short hikes and wonderful views including a walk in Buffalo Park, heading to Lockett Meadow, taking a drive to the End of The World or simply just driving in the woods at dusk or sunrise to find some elk feeding.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have been extremely lucky to surround myself with mentors. Right off the bat I have to thank everyone in Flagstaff Business Connections which is a non-profit business group and so much more. It has given me an education that money couldn’t buy. Outside of this business group, I have to give the most credit to my first mentor, Michael Heintz who is one of my best friend’s father. He took the time to slow me down and instill an overwhelming amount of wisdom in me at a young age that I carry everyday, even 10+ years later. In my professional career I have to thank – Allen McCracken the Founding Owner of Inspector’s Auto, Mathew Peace Axxo Properties, Todd Callan COO of HomCo, Dustin Mast President of Flagstaff Landscaping, Arron Stump of FTB Enterprises, Dr. Dan Rodda DDS and Michael Whittemore of Flagstaff Collision Center. All of these men have answered my calls way earlier and way later than they should have. They have been there for me on my best days and also on my worst. I hope I tell them all often enough but just in case; thank you.