Says award finalist and owner of Collision Cure
Interview by Dirk Webb
Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett
Lynn and Rick Fields
1301 East 60th St.
Anderson, IN 46013
If you’ve had a run-in with Old Man Winter while on the road this season, you may have paid a visit to Rick and Lynn Fields at Collision Cure. Specializing in collision repair of late model vehicles, 95% of Collision Cure’s business comes from insurance related projects. With state of the art equipment Collision Cure is able to handle all the repairs, in house including mechanical, body and paint work, with the exception of upholstery and glass.
With a fleet of wreckers, Collision Cure can come to your home, work or office to pick up your damaged vehicle and start the repair process. Rick and Lynn provide jobs to 100 Hoosiers in their Anderson, Kokomo, Muncie, Westfield, Marion and Fishers locations.
Says Lynn, “It’s all Rick has done since High School. We lived in Pendleton and Rick worked for the company that owned the Anderson location. He was also the general manager over all their Indianapolis locations as well. When the previous owners sold, we were able to purchase the Anderson shop because we did live here. When we bought the business in 2003, I had a small catering business. When we had the opportunity that’s when I came in.”
Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?
”It looks great. We had our best year in 2015 as a company. We grew in Anderson specifically by adding three new positions just since Thanksgiving. Things are looking great in Madison County.”
What does "A New Day" mean to you?
“A fresh start. New opportunities for growth. New chances to improve. We can focus on new relationships while retaining the old. It’s also a new chance to help others.”
How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?
“Our optimism is in our faith. We have to say that because it’s reflected in our business plan and decisions.”
Is your optimism ever threatened?
“Certainly. We just have a great group of people in the county that live and work here. In the last 13 years so many people have come along side us; some professionals, some teammates, to remind us of who we are, to help us with perspective and creativity. They also help us to focus on what’s good and work on what’s not about our business.”
If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?
“Financially we had 17% growth in 2015. We hope to continue the trend in 2016 with new locations, and we’d particularly like to focus on our teammates. We want them to achieve their dreams and advance within the workplace. We want to thank each of them for being part of our success. And we also want to continue our focus on customer experience.”
If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?
“Madison County has been really good to us. It's where we got our start, raised our family, and we still live here…we’ve moved around Madison County and can tell you there’s a wealth of quality people here. Sometimes we try to get them to go to our other locations. The cost of living is affordable. The best is yet to come for Madison County. We feel strongly about that. There are many good people here who have sowed into our lives, given of themselves whether they are customers, employees or professionals.”
Collision Cure is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Small Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.
To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.