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Linda (l.) and Arthur Scott opened Bumper Doc Denver nearly a year ago. They are the second Colorado franchisee for the San Diego-based franchisor. With them is their daughter Lauren Scott, the shop’s marketing analyst.
Denver—When Arthur and Linda Scott were looking for a franchise opportunity, their broker suggested they consider Bumper Doc, a San Diego-based franchisor that focuses on light auto body repair, bumper repair, and appearance services. The Scotts eventually heeded that advice and have been...
From l., ASA Mechanical Division President Stacia Hamp, ASA Exec. Director Kari Foster, State Sen. Laura Woods, ASA Sec-Treas Dana TePoel, ASA Chairman Steve Horvath, met recently at Learning Circle to discuss legislative issues with the senator.
Westminster, Colo. – Members of the Automotive Service Association-Colorado met recently with Colorado Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) to discuss abandoned vehicles and other issues that face the auto repair industry.  The ASA-Colorado “Learning Circle” is a monthly meeting in which the ASA members...
Dave Mattson, parts manager, says that by working to build a foundation for processes and procedures in the parts department over the last three years, the business has been able to regain a favorable reputation.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—While it’s difficult to make up for lost ground in any business, it’s particularly hard to do so in the automotive sector, said Dave Mattson, parts manager of the Bob Penkhus dealership group. Since taking over as parts manager three years ago, Mattson has worked tirelessly...
After selling Southeast Auto Body, Ken and Delores Stafford now own and operate a mechanical repair shop, Next Auto Care Repair.
Littleton, Colo.— Just three months after selling his longtime collision repair shop, Southeast Autobody, and moving with his wife Delores to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Ken Stafford said he realized that an early retirement wasn’t for him. “I thought I was finished working, but I wasn’t,” said...
From (l) Byron Frantz (VP Wholesale Product Management at NAPA), Dave Carroll (President, Americas at Gates), Jack Ramsey (Senior Vice President at Gates, Automotive Aftermarket), Scott Howat (Director of Sales & Marketing at Gates), Mike Gordon (General Manager at Gates), Scott LaProhon (Executive VP Merchandising/Product Strategy at NAPA)
COLORADO Gates Corp., a global diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive, and heavy-duty aftermarket products, was presented with the NAPA Auto Parts “Excellence in Quality” award at the recent 2016 NAPA Supplier Summit in Atlanta. The award recognizes Gates for its consistent product...
(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...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.

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