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Local Air Force veteran applies skills to business

by Olivia Murray

For five years, Nick Lambie served as a U.S. Air Force weapons director. 

He controlled tanker and fighter aircraft and executed missions — tasks that could be catastrophic if so much as a slight error were to occur.

According to Lambie, this job came with a lot of pressure. He admitted  there were times  he feared  he would crumble beneath it at the expense of a mission or of lives.

“In my position, I had to deliver results, and if I didn’t, bad things could happen — but when I was down, my wingmen picked me up and vice versa,” Lambie said.

In 2019, Lambie became the owner of a Ziebart  interior car detailer and protection service in Morgantown, and his dedicated attention to detail learned in the military carried over into his new business.

“When I take care of a customer’s car, I want to be as detailed as I can be,” Lambie said.

Lambie’s military experience didn’t easily translate to a civilian occupation. He considered if he even truly wanted to leave the military before Lambie and his wife started a family and decided to relocate to be near their families.

Ziebart was first introduced to Lambie when he bought a car in upstate New York. Lambie enjoyed the experience he had at the dealership. After some research, he learned  Ziebart was a franchise and  the company offered incentives for veterans.

“I loved the Ziebart product and I knew I had to take it home to Morgantown,” Lambie said.

Lambie’s Ziebart is at 500 Fort Pierpont Drive. 

Lambie said while launching his own business wasn’t  as scary as entering the military, it was just as challenging. With the help of the Ziebart corporate team, Lambie was able to  push through finding a site, getting equipment and the training  he needed to put his entrepreneurial skills to the test.

“My military training and mindset is what has helped me to this point, and it has taught me to always push through the hardships and focus on the end result,” Lambie said.

There are several lessons  Lambie learned in the military that he has been able to apply to his business. Of these lessons, Lambie believes  it is most important to take care of the people around you and pay attention to small details. Lambie depends on others to help him keep his business running, and focusing on details ensures  customers leave satisfied and will return.

Lambie said the most rewarding part of his entrepreneurial endeavor is connecting with new people and satisfying their needs.

“There is no better feeling than reading a review that the team did an amazing job, and the customer knows their investment into their vehicle was the right choice,” Lambie said.

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