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Jarred Black, general manager, Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder, presented a check for $10,000 to the Play Boulder Foundation on June 26.
MOUNTAIN REGION Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Bridgestone Americas announced that TireHub LLC, a joint venture in passenger and light truck tire distribution, began serving customers the first week of July. TireHub will provide U.S. tire dealers and retailers with a comprehensive range of...
Steve Baker, NAPA Denver District Area manager, says fleet accounts are not the silver bullet to filling bays without an effective strategy and partners in place to handle each account properly.
Denver – Acquiring fleet accounts is an attractive option for shop owners who are looking to fill bays year round. Fleet accounts offer a steady stream of business during good times and bad, said Steve Baker, NAPA Denver District Area manager. Fleet accounts often require more in-depth service...
Since Jeff Samuel and Sheila Samuel-Lefor partnered with CARSTAR annual sales are now $9 million.
Littleton, Colo.—Sheila Samuel-Lefor and Jeff Samuel, joint-owners of Ideal Auto Body CARSTAR, have had a good five years. The brother-and-sister duo were voted CARSTAR Franchisees of the Year in the U.S. in 2017 and, in the years since construction wrapped on their 20,000-square-foot Littleton...
Luis Colon, FCA Denver wholesale parts manager, introduces Frank Coutavas, powertrain representative for AER Manufacturing. Colon organized and emcee’d the event, the largest ever attended.
Morrison, Colo.–Approximately 500 guests attended the 2018 Mopar Mile High Wholesale Appreciation Night held at the Top Eliminator’s Club at Bandimere Speedway on July 18. According to Luis Colon, FCA Denver wholesale parts manager and the nights emcee, it was the best attendance on record for a...
Alan Kurtzberg, service director, says Phases has invested in two mobile repair units to service his fleet customers. He took over operations management approximately one year ago after being recruited by owners Jeff and Debby Miller.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—When Jeff and Debby Miller, co-owners of Phases Truck & Automotive Repair, recruited Alan Kurtzberg for the service director role at their shop, he was already 12 years into his career and had served four years in the U.S. military. “I’d reached a point in my career...
DENVER (July 26, 2018) – According to the Colorado Education Association, Colorado teachers reach into their own pockets every year and spend on average $656 for supplies for their students and classrooms. To ease those financial burdens and assist local youth, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will...
WINDSOR, Wis., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Diesel Forward® has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of Central Motive Power (CMP). The anticipated close date is mid-August, 2018. Both companies distribute diesel engine parts for leading global manufacturers such as Bosch®, Stanadyne®,...
The wholesale parts team of David Shull, Michael Nolan, Tyler Newlan and Randy MacMillan gather in the wholesale operations room. Shull segmented the department into three separate work stations – one for retail, one for in-house and one for wholesale, after taking over management in 2016.
Aurora, Colo.—When David Shull, parts manager at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR), noticed that wholesale sales had slipped before he took over management of the department in July 2016, one of the first things he did was pack a bag full of marketing material and “jump the back fence...
Kurt Hammond, west region director of sales, discussed Sherwin-Williams value-added services.
Lakewood, Colo.—Working in a city like Denver that is experiencing boom-style growth is great for reaching sales and profitability goals, says Kurt Hammond, but he also advocates keeping processes top of mind, even during an economic swell. “Right now, all of our customers’ shops are busy,” said...
Racers get buckled in at the starting line during one of many heats at UNSER Karting during the first night of the two-day event hosted by CMP.
Westminster, Colo.—Central Motive Power (CMP), an authorized distributor of OE parts for BOSCH, Alliant Power and Garrett diesel parts, and specialists in the sales and service of diesel vehicles and components, hosted a two-day industry event for its customers on June 7-8. The first night was a...

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