by Michael Anderson

‘Bottom up’ learning process gives Aurora body shop owner an edge

Aurora, Colo.—The only employer Jason Gilchrist has ever had is Precision Auto Body.  However, while working for his parents, Scott and Janet, he said he’s held many “jobs,” starting out as a teenager in parts, eventually leading up to his current role as owner.  

“To fully know how to own and operate your business, you have to start at the bottom,” said Gilchrist, who took over the helm of the family business four years ago when his father retired.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Denver—The student-teacher role was reversed when scores of automotive instructors gathered at Lincoln College of Technology to network and get up to speed on the latest tools, equipment, software, and teaching aids for their classrooms. The Colorado Automotive Teachers Society’s (CATS...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Denver shop owner parlays VW development experience into entrepreneurship   . . . . . . . . Denver—At one point in his career, Eric Baehre was paid to break cars — Volkswagens, to be specific.  Now he’s in business to fix them for the motoring public. He does so at...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Commerce City, Colo.—George Gibson is a firm believer that there is strength in numbers.  That is why Gibson chose to align his independent collision repair shop with Kansas-based Carstar 9 years ago, switching the name from Supreme Auto Body to Supreme Carstar. “Being...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Denver—It was a full house at the recent 2014 Colorado Auto Recyclers (CAR) Annual Meeting at the PPA Event Center in Denver, Jan. 18, which featured Norman Wright, CAR treasurer, as master of ceremonies, and various speakers and guests such as Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) President...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Golden, Colo.—Nothing erodes confidence in leadership more than tolerance of bad employee behavior, Bill Haas said during the luncheon keynote at the recent ASA-CO Symposium. Haas, owner of Haas Performance Consulting, delivered the keynote to an audience of shop owners and industry personnel...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Denver—When Model T Fords were rolling down the streets of Denver, the Jacobs family was there to service them. Today, Rob Jacobs and his brother, Joe Jacobs III, operate Jacobs Service Center, a NAPA AutoCare Center, continuing the family business their grandfather, Joe Jacobs, and father,...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:11
Automotive Avenues opens in Aurora . . . . . . . . Aurora, Colo.—Automotive Avenues, a new vehicle auto broker and used car dealership in the west Denver suburb of Lakewood, has opened a second location on the other side of town.  Situated on South Havana Street in Aurora, the recently...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:11
Brighton, Colo.—When Nick Pfannenstiel decided to turn his father’s hobby into a business, he left behind a job in an aviation parts department in Jefferson County.  Pfannenstiel, who now owns and operates Flatliner Rod Shop, admits he knew nothing about cars back in 2006. What he...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 01:11
Englewood, Colo.—In a bid to create a training environment inviting to paint suppliers, collision repair shop owners, and painters, John Baker Sales Inc. has partnered with Garmat, a paint booth manufacturer, to provide training in Garmat’s existing R&D and training center.  ...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 01:11
Boulder, Colo.—In the real estate business, it’s location, location, location — and the same rule applies to Larry Tjarks’ longtime repair shop, Glenwood Automotive, a NAPA AutoCare Center.  Once surrounded by farmland and a drive-in movie theatre, Glenwood Automotive...
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