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COLORADO The AAM Group honored Midstates Inc. as 2016 member of the year at its annual membership meeting, May 17–19, in St. Louis. AAM makes the selection based on five key metrics of member participation: active participation, growth as a percentage, marketing participation, participation in...
Capital’s James David (l.) works with the entire BASF APS team to implement process change.  With him, from l., are David Micklich, Mark Northrup, Sheila Principio, Michael Beams, Capital owner Todd Kinsel, Doug Grantham, Sara Roos, David Ball, and Bill Moore (kneeling).
Colorado Springs—A big part of Todd and Scott Kinsel’s business plan is to grow their single-line BASF distribution business, Capital Paint & Refinish, with strategic customers. So when the Texas-based Kinsel brothers and Phil Long Collision Center officials decided they wanted to work with...
With roots in Lakewood, Ralph’s Foothills Service is a family owned and operated shop and fosters a down-home approach to doing business. Tom Anderson (c.) is the shop’s second-generation owner, and his son, Tyler Anderson (far right), works at the shop as an apprentice technician. Cindy Rise, (second from l.) is Tom’s sister and came on board in 1997 as the shop’s full-time service advisor. Her son, David Lawrence, is one of four technicians.
Lakewood, Colo.—In July, Tom Anderson, owner of Ralph’s Foothills Service, will attend a 100th birthday party for a customer whom he’s known since he started working for his father at Ralph’s in 1975 while still in high school. “These types of generational customer relationships have really come to...
University Auto Parts is a family-driven business that includes (from l.) Cole Shaffer, Brenda Shaffer, Joel Pitre, Kellie Pitre and Brad Shaffer.
Broomfield, Colo.—Cole Shaffer was raised in the NAPA family – both literally and figuratively. As the co-owner and president of three family-operated NAPA stores — University Auto Parts in Boulder, Broomfield and Sterling — the “NAPA Way” of partnering with shops to make them successful was...
The crew at Euro-Tech Automotive specializes in servicing German makes. Pictured, from l., are Ernie Keller, Tyler Keller, Chris White, Matt Noteboom, Tony Urioste, and Becky Kyger.
Golden, Colo.—Ernie Keller carefully works under the hood of a 1994 BMW 530i, replacing the valley pan on a car he knows well. That’s because its owner, who has logged 385,000 miles, has trusted Keller to service it since it was new. Keller has fostered that kind of customer loyalty from his...
Grant Kennedy (l) and Ben Falconer from Aims Community College will represent Colorado for the second year in a row. Falconer finished first in the nation last year and is striving to win Nationals again.
Colorado Springs, Colo.~Thirty-five high school and post-secondary students competed in the Collision Repair Technology and Automotive Refinish divisions of the 2016 Colorado SkillsUSA competitions at Pikes Peak Community College, April 8.      The students came from six Colorado schools: Morgan...
CSU Health and Safety Consultation officials Patty Jeffries and Todd Plumer (third from l.) present John Elway Chevrolet’s GM Josh Letsis (l.) and Principal Todd Maul with OSHA’s SHARP plaque. John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley also earned Sharp certification in May.
Englewood, Colo.—John Elway Chevrolet and John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley have earned OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification, making them the first automotive dealerships in Colorado to earn the elite certification. They are now among three...
Gian Pieroni (l.) is the third generation in his Argentinian family to work in the collision repair industry. He owns and operates Highlands Auto Body, a business his father Mario Pieroni founded 37 years ago after immigrating to the U.S.
Littleton, Colo.—In an industry where large consolidators and MSOs have become commonplace, the father-son duo Gian and Mario Pieroni, who own Highlands Auto Body, are anything but. It’s a personal touch that many corporate shops lack today, said 27-year-old Gian Pieroni, who took over the family...
I-76 Speedway, is a 1/4 mile high-banked dirt oval race track in Fort Morgan, features four to six divisions every Saturday night through October.
For the first time in more than a decade, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Colorado. The last time the series was in the Centennial State was September 2005. For the first time ever, races will be held Sept. 14 at the El Paso County Raceway and Fairgrounds in Calhan, 35...
John Elway Collision Center’s Parts Operations Supervisor Mike Slatkavitz (c.) earned employee of the month in May. Presenting the award are dealer John Elway Chevrolet dealer principal and partner Todd Maul (l.) and General Manager Josh Letsis. (Photo by Michael Anderson)
COLORADO General Motors recently donated a 2014 GMC Sierra to the Arapahoe Community College (ACC) in Littleton as part of its GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP). "GM has been supporting our efforts at ACC for many years, and their support has been invaluable to the education of our...

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