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(Back row, l.) Frank Dabbiero, 2nd place post secondary   Collision; Luis Rodrigues, 3rd place post secondary Collision; Ben   Falconer, 1st place secondary Refinishing   (Front row, left to right) Austin Grider, 2nd place secondary   Refinishing; Grant Kennedy, 1st place post secondary Collision
GREELEY, Colo. – Aims Community College automotive students competed at the district SkillsUSA competition in February at the Aims Automotive & Technology Center’s Windsor campus. The following winners will compete in April at the state SkillsUSA competition in Colorado Springs: High School...
Cecil Bullard delivers the breakfast keynote at the ASA-CO symposium. Bullard’s talk focused on leadership and the importance of attitude.
Golden, Colo.—On Feb. 13, more than 160 repair shop owners and their employees chose to improve themselves and their businesses by attending the Automotive Service Association of Colorado’s (ASA-CO) Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, held at the Denver Marriott West hotel.      Hosted...
Automotive Test Solutions has changed its colors from yellow to a bright blue, which was a success – especially at the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park, Kan., last month, where ATS won the award for best booth under 300 square feet. From (l) Ron Haugen, Lynnie Thompson, Chip Severance and Kristin Pederson.
Overland Park, Kan. — When the new year rolled around, Automotive Test Solutions (ATS) in Albuquerque, N.M. decided after 15 years that it was time to unveil a new look for its company’s trade show appearance.      The change from yellow to a bright blue was apparently a success – especially at the...
Since dropping his DRP agreements, Pat Weber, (c.), owner of AutoSport Collision Repair, has seen his sales volume recover, with greater margins and customer satisfaction. Flanking him are Estimators Terry Thomas, (l.), and B.J. Thompson.
Golden, Colo. — Just 10 miles or less down the road, vying for attention are the large signs of a half-dozen or so shops now owned by the big multi-shop operator (MSO) collision repair companies that have recently entered the Denver market. They’re not in his backyard. But even so, Pat Weber, owner...
Owner Ray Seidel says his employees, most of whom have been with him for more than a decade, are the fabric of his business. He says Four Seasons’ intimate small-business feel has led to his success over the past 37 years.
Lakewood, Colo.—Ray Seidel, owner of Four Seasons Automotive, might never have moved to Colorado from North Dakota had it not been for a surplus of people wanting to be teachers in the 1970s, or if his wife liked the idea of living on an Indian reservation. “My original plan was to be a teacher and...
Northwest Kansas Technical College collision repair instructors Randy(l.) Selbe and Billy Morris work together in teaching their first- and second-year students. Selbe and Morris started last September to help the collision repair program get updated with some of the latest tools, equipment, products, and procedures.
Goodland, Kan. - One day last summer Brenda Chatfield, interim president of Northwest Kansas Technical College (NWKTC), asked Randy Selbe a question. “She asked if I would be interested in a job with the college,” said Selbe, who was working at Goodland Machine and Auto in Goodland at the time, and...
ASA executive director Kari Foster and ASA Chairman Steve Horvath during ASA’s fifth annual symposium. (Photo courtesy ASA)
COLORADO A group of the north Denver area’s auto repair/maintenance shop owners recently collected enough food to feed a family of four for more than two months. In conjunction with its annual symposium in Golden last month, the Automotive Service Association, ASA, had urged members to help deliver...
Leading technicians Bogi Lateiner and Donny Seyfer (second from l.) took turns performing demonstrations on MAHLE Service Solutions’ new TechPRO diagnostic scan tool as Expo attendees Morgan Wells (r.) and Mike Kumika, both of Minneapolis, looked on. Lateiner and Seyfer did demonstrations at the MAHLE booth during regional expos last month. (Photo by Betta Ferrendelli )
Overland Park Kan. – MAHLE Service Solutions showcased its new TechPRO diagnostic scan tool during a regional hi-tech training expo last month. Leading technicians Bogi Lateiner and Donny Seyfer took turns performing the demonstrations. Bogi, an ASE certified mechanic, stars on the Velocity Channel...
Dan Moyer, owner of Metric Motors in Loveland, is celebrating the shop’s 40-year anniversary this year.  Behind him is a wall displaying the shop’s many awards, certifications, and articles.
Loveland, Colo.—While working for several major parts suppliers, Dan Moyer said he came to know what it takes to be a successful repair shop owner. Now a shop owner himself, Moyer, owner of Metric Motors, a NAPA AutoCare Center and Certified Green Garage, has taken steps to modernize his business...
Ryan Hochmiller, outgoing CAR president, kicks off a daylong event in January that featured industry speakers, trade exhibits, and general meetings.
Denver—Attendees at the annual meeting of the Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) on Jan. 23 at the PPA Event Center were treated to “best practice” presentations from key recycling industry leaders, along with a trade show, general business sessions, and networking opportunities.    Outgoing CAR...

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