This week, I am highlighting the great and powerful team of California Tint in Everett, Washington. I am talking with James Park and his business partner, Ryan Yano. This dynamic duo has achieved remarkable success, building an outstanding team and earning the title of XPEL Dealer of the Year for three consecutive years. This award is reserved for exclusive XPEL dealers who exclusively carry our products for Tint, Paint Protection Film, Home Tint, and Ceramic Coatings, and who boast the highest sales in the state of Washington!
Marco Cazorla: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. Let's dive right in. James, how did California Tint come into existence?
James Park: It started when I was just 17, tinting windows. After a decade of working for others, I wanted more. So, in 2012, I relocated to Washington to start my own business. The journey wasn't easy. It took sheer determination, moving places, growing the team, and several years of hard work.
The Art of Tint in New York and XPEL: An Interview with Shop Owner Tom Kovach
Every successful business has a unique story behind it. Today, we dive into the world of window tinting in the heart of New York and get to know more about the renowned brand, XPEL. Sitting with us is Tom Kovach, the owner of "The Art of Tint", a popular window tinting shop with an inspiring journey.
Tom, can you tell us about the story behind your business? How did it come into existence?
"Oh, it’s quite a tale. At 16, right after getting my driver's license, I was all about getting those dark tints. After my third disappointing experience with a local shop, I took matters into my own hands. I got a roll of window tint, taught myself, and started with my own car. Soon, I was tinting for my family and friends. By the time I was working at my parents’ printing shop, fate took another turn. A customer there, who owned a car customizing company, became my ticket into the professional world of tinting.
In the world of window tinting, Jason Polanco's journey began during his childhood. As a young boy, he was captivated by his father's expertise in working on show cars, including low riders, hot rods, and mini trucks. Jason eagerly assisted in disassembling and reassembling these vehicles, relishing the moments spent together and the thrill of attending car shows as a family.
In his role as a trainer, Jason's outgoing and approachable nature proved to be invaluable. He believes in creating a comfortable and engaging learning environment, encouraging trainees to ask questions freely and feel at ease during the training sessions. His ability to connect with both seasoned installers and aspiring enthusiasts allowed him to impart essential skills and elevate their installation abilities, ultimately enabling them to thrive in their craft and generate greater income.
David finally seized the opportunity to establish his own company. With limited business knowledge and only a few thousand dollars in savings, he signed a lease at the age of 20, making his dream of business ownership a reality. Despite skepticism from his family and friends, who doubted his sales skills and work ethic, David was determined to prove them wrong. He worked tirelessly, even living in his store at times to ensure bills were paid and success was achieved.
Skipping over the numerous challenges faced along the way, we arrive at 2023, where David now leads an incredible team at Tritek Window Tinting. Their dedication and hard work have earned them the prestigious XPEL Ambassador Award. In recent years, Tritek has outperformed other XPEL dealers in Texas, solidifying their position as a top seller. Their success has paved the way for the opening of the largest privately-owned window tinting store in Dallas, marking a significant milestone for David and his team.