Shari Kaser, Vice President of Kaser Painting, Inc and my mother, had some questions for me on episode 13 of KaserCast.
Spoiler alert: most of them were not work related.
In case you missed the episode, I put some of the highlights in writing. Take a peek behind the Kaser curtain.
Shari Kaser: What are your thoughts on kids and marriage?
Jase Kaser: It is different being on the other end of these questions. When I was growing up, I definitely wanted to be married and have kids – our family was a family of four, so I thought I wanted a family of four. I don’t know anymore. I tend to be really obsessive with things that I do, so racing, college, work – I don’t really (at least at the moment) want to put anything ahead of work. I probably want to be married someday, but right now I’m in work mode, and I want to stay focused. And I know that the hours I spend at work would make it hard to be a good dad right now, and I don’t feel like that’s ok.
SK: When are you going to start racing again?
JK: I think about that probably every day. Racing is so expensive, and again, it comes down to my time – I still really enjoy being at work. The business has been successful and we’ve been growing, but I haven’t been successful in putting all the pieces in place to where it can function without me. I haven’t taught the team the things they need to know in order to carry on if I’m gone. I also don’t have the time in the evenings. That’s why we stopped racing in the first place: we weren’t showing up with a car that was prepared to win, and I knew it, so it seemed pointless to continue. Kasers only do stuff at the highest level. I’m not just going to do it for fun. Someday, I will get back into it, but I want to make it a viable business. The goal would be to break even. It’ll be tough, but I think it’s possible.
SK: How often do you talk to your brother, and who calls who?
JK: About once a month, probably? Maybe once every two months. He usually calls me. I call him, though – I’ve called him before, too. A lot of our calls start with work-related stuff, since we powder coat some parts for his company, so that’s what instigates it, but then we catch up afterward.
SK: What score would you give me on a review at work?
JK: If we just go straight down the review list, attendance: probably B, tardiness: probably C. But as far as all the other things that you do, it’s all A+, obviously.