We had the good fortune of connecting with Renee Floyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renee, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business idea was inspired from my military career in which I served as an automotive technician (light wheeled vehicle mechanic and power generator mechanic. After completing my second combat tour, I had decided that I no longer wanted to be in the military. At this point in my career, I had not completed enough time to retire however, I had been in to long to just quit. So with these emotions running rampant, I began my research on quick lube shops as changing oil was the one thing my shop did on a daily bases. After realizing how many quick lube shops were around, I new this was the industry I wanted to create a business. After careful research, I found that there were no shops providing mobile oil changes. I realized that this would be my niche so this is how American Oil Changers got started.
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?
American Oil Changers is a strictly mobile company. All work is completed directly from the service vehicle. Being strictly mobile gives us a huge advantage over our competition. We do not have to pass on overhead increases to our customers. We have moved to a subscription based service company for our business to customer market. By doing this the customer saves significantly on services, they can set their subscription to auto renewal to get just one more task off their list and they receive a car care journal that I published to place in their glove box. The first thing that makes me proud about American Oil Changers is being a successful Girl Boss in a male dominated industry. I love having the opportunity to make a difference in my customers life by bringing the change to them. I often go above and beyond oil changes for the customers. Occasionally, I may throw in an air freshener, or clean the windshields and I have in the past, fuel a clients car after noticing how busy her day had been. It took guts for me to step out into a mans world all on my own. At times I get into my own head and this is what usually holds me back. Getting out of my own head has been the biggest obstacle that I faced so far. It wasn’t hard at all getting the company started. I used my personal credit to purchase the vehicle, equipment and inventory. I used local business organizations to help me develop the company. I applied what my 21 year military career had instilled in me and here I am today. I want the world to know that American Oil Changers is a Service Disabled Woman Veteran Owned company and we are still serving our country with pride.
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 am very family and friend oriented. When my friends come into town, the first place I take them is to Southern Fusion Dining that’s located in Locust Grove. They have great food , great service and it’s my number one go to spot for a meal. We would hit up the botanical garden, the coca cola factory and then to Bodies The Exhibition. Of course I would not let them leave without firing up the grill and filling their tummies with my favorite homemade peach cobbler.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to send a shout out to my husband Harold Sr. and our children and grandchildren.They have all been there and supported me from the inception of the business. I would also like to thank EBV-FSU (Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at Florida State University) and Chief Visionary Natasha Davis of Impact Branding for opening doors that I would have never known existed.