Mountain People & Places - February 2017
Four automotive aftermarket manufacturers were honored as featured suppliers at Engine Pro’s recent winter shareholder meeting in Dallas. Recognized companies include B&P Rods, SA Gear Inc., Melling Engine Parts and Dura-Bond Bearing Co. Manufacturers chosen for the honor must be the primary product category source of most Engine Pro members. Engine Pro President Don Weber said, “Determining the recipients of the featured supplier awards is not a task taken lightly. The final decision comes down to which suppliers most demonstrate the qualities that are most important for the continued growth and success of Engine Parts Group.”
Paul Van Woensel, president of Engine & Performance Warehouse, was named the 2016 PWA Pioneer Award winner. PWA (Performance Warehouse Association Chairman) JR Moore, president of Performance Warehouse, presented the award to Van Woensel, who thanked PWA and said it was an honor to get the award from his peers.
Allen Billings, parts director for the John Elway Dealerships, has been named the 2016 Player of The Year award. The award recognizes personnel that do superior work for any of the group’s three dealerships –-John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley, John Elway Chevrolet in Englewood, and John Elway Cadillac in Lone Tree. “It’s a great team and I’m surrounded by some of the best parts and service personnel in the country,” Billing said, who received the award at the annual holiday party in December. Previous winners include Controller Jennifer Skinner (Greeley), Community Liaison A.J. Guanella (Englewood), Advertising and Marketing Director Debbie Waines, and Partner Todd Maul.
Aims Community College, in Windsor, received a $1,000 grant as a Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winner. It was announced at the organization’s annual industry reception held during the SEMA show in Las Vegas where more than $750,000 in grants were awarded. Over 120 high school and college collision school programs from across the country applied for the grant and each received a grant valued from $1,000-$30,000.
The 27 best and brightest FCA US LLC dealership technicians were recognized as Mopar “Top Tech” winners during an awards ceremony held at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Mich., on Jan. 10. Award recipients included Edward Shaw, of Melloy Dodge, in Albuquerque. Pietro Gorlier, head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global, helped honor the 27 technicians chosen from a pool of 25,000 eligible FCA US dealership techs. “The decision to purchase a particular vehicle brand is determined not only by the attributes of the vehicle, but also by the level of service that the customers receive,” Gorlier said. “That is why it’s critical to make sure that our top technicians receive the proper training, and that we recognize superstars of the service lane.”