Some of us are lucky getting paid for doing what we love, but only a rare few are helping people by doing both. One such person is Lloyd Rosenthal, a long time Fixya expert who’s also a very active member of our new 6ya community. Today we had the chance to sit down with Lloyd and hear a little about his professional background and 6ya experiences.
6ya: Have you always liked to fix things?
Lloyd: At the age of 9 my creative life had bloomed by turning a Schwinn bicycle into a cool 7 ft chopper with a little help from the legs off my sister’s backyard swing set. Making things better was what drove me to invent new and improved things like the fastest and easiest hot dog cooker on the planet. Soon after being schooled in metal shop & electric shop I was invited to a special school to study aeronautics and work with the US Air Force in final design of the F18 in 1975.
6ya: Tell us about your professional background
Lloyd: Being very interested in high end audio I turned my sights on the automotive industry and the rapid development of high fidelity being installed in cars & trucks. Later on I was asked to work with the AMC Racing group and even worked with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme at his street race accessories shop on Forest lane in the heyday of street racing in Dallas while also working at Keller CB and Stereo shop also in Dallas. I then moved to California to Run shops for North Hollywood Radio & Al & Ed’s shops in Santa Monica and Custom Car sounds in Ventura. I also worked briefly at Contempo Van Conversions in their R&D department inventing new items for custom van conversions. Chrysler had then hired me away from Contempo and I worked for them as well as Dodge, Plymouth and AMC/ Jeep which was then bought by Chrysler and bannered under the JEEP- Eagle logo. Soon it was time for me to open my first shop called Chattsworth Auto Sounds and I later purchased two other auto accessory shops. After recognition from many wins at car shows and being published in five different publications for innovations in the car audio and security industry.
6ya: Wow, that’s very impressive! How did you become an Expert on 6ya?
Lloyd: Fixya was a part of my everyday life of helping people to fix their own problems with a little help in answering their questions. I do have my own electronics company but I try not to work too hard at it but I was really happy when the 6ya spin-off app debuted in January 2016 and I was asked to become a 6ya Expert because of all the help I had offered on the Fixya website. I love helping people save money on costly repairs. The automotive industry has given birth to too many parts replacer mechanics that do not know how to properly diagnose these more complicated computerized vehicles we drive today and the consumers are the ones that are paying for all the parts being installed that does not fix the original issues the vehicles have.
6ya: Can you share a few interesting calls you had with 6ya users?
Lloyd: Today I had the pleasure of helping an elderly woman who just needed to find a repair shop in her area to fix her vacuum. I wanted to help her get it fixed right then but sometimes what the consumer wants is what they really need to hear so I looked up the info and gave it to her and she was very happy. I did not think I would be working with 411 but whatever works,…..works!
Sometimes I have the same customer call me about a different problem in a different category and it makes me feel good when they say “I know you have the answer I seek, that’s why I called you”!
I get blessed each day by getting paid for doing something I love to do. Even if I were not getting paid I would still be helping people because helping another human in need is the best feeling of all.
6ya: And which one is your favorite?
Lloyd: I guess the best call I ever received on the 6ya app was a call from a woman who was stuck on the inside emergency lane on a major freeway in the rain during 5 O’clock rush hour with two small children and she wanted to get out and check the radiator due to overheating and asked how to do it. I asked her to please stay put inside the vehicle and I would get her some help. I immediately phoned the Sheriff’s Office to have her removed from harm’s way. The Sheriff’s Office later returned my call and offered thanks and told me that she was in a safe location at a gas station and a mechanic was working to get her on the road again.
6ya: That’s amazing Lloyd! On behalf of the entire 6ya team and all users you helped, I would like to thank you for being such an engaged and passionate member of our team and movement.
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