Dave Luehr lives to help others discover their limitless potential. His journey of both successes and failures began over thirty years ago as an enthusiastic teenager who loved cars and auto body shops. Discovering his passion for entrepreneurship, he started his first million-dollar business with only a one-hundred-dollar bill and a paint gun, only to lose everything a few short years later.
Dave’s inspirational journey back to the top included working in leadership positions for many of America’s leading collision repairers as an operational expert and collision process engineer. Now as the founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions, a popular keynote speaker and author of The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops, Dave inspires an international audience helping thousands improve their businesses and quality of life.
We had the opportunity to have Dave as a speaker at the CCIF in Toronto January 2018. He did a great presentation, very engaging and down to earth at the same time. Everyone enjoyed amongst the 900 participants and the feedback was excellent. I personally had a few conversations with Dave during this event and he is a great person to talk to and share about the industry. Thank you Dave, looking forward working with you again.
We recently invited Dave to speak to a group of auto body owners, industry suppliers, and our own employees. The information he shared was highly relevant and his speaking style was engaging for all. We appreciated his candid approach and easy-going delivery. Dave’s credibility is built on his extensive experience with regard to several aspects of the collision repair industry. He demonstrates genuine empathy for his audience and the challenges they face, countering with helpful, practical tips and encouraging advice. Dave maintains an effective balance of insider knowledge and outsider objectivity.
In the past couple of years, David Luehr has added a new dimension to the Refinish Distributors Alliance that has helped us to focus on becoming a more well-rounded and successful organization in the collision repair industry. RDA is a premier national membership organization for PBE distributors who want to offer the industry’s best to their collision shop customers. Dave writes regular articles for our publications, designs and produces RDA training webinars, and writes a monthly tips flyer for collision shops. On occasion, he also travels to RDA events as a featured presenter to audiences that may include members, manufacturers, and collision shops. Dave knows and researches what he talks about, offering experience, passion, and reliability in all the arenas he serves.
I have known David Luehr for several years, and appreciate him as one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people I know in the collision repair industry. Dave has years of body shop experience, having worked in both small and large independent shops, and also in national multi-shop operations. He utilizes his experience to train and educate shop technicians, managers & owners, and other segments of the industry. Dave is great to work with. He brings a thoughtful and unique leadership approach to what he does, and always delivers a high degree of commitment, expertise, organization and reliability. You can always count on Dave!
- Entertaining Presenter and Keynote Speaker
- Worked in the Collision Industry over 30 years
- Held leadership positions with several MSO organizations
- Leading expert on Lean and Theory Of Constraints Applications
- Former President of the Oregon Auto Body Craftsman Association
- Former Chairman of Middle Tennessee’s award winning I-CAR committee