May 2015 - Mountain People & Places


The Car Care Council Women’s Board Summer Leadership Conference will be held Aug. 13-14, at the Denver Hyatt in Denver. The summer conference will offer world-class speakers, teaching personal and professional development skills, and education on the latest trends affecting the automotive industry in the U.S. and abroad. It will also offer a special breakfast session for attendees under 40 to learn and network with the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). The conference is open to Women’s Board associates and non-associates who are looking to make a difference in women and the auto care industry. A complete agenda and online registration will be available soon. For more information on the Car Care Council Women’s Board and how to join, visit or e-mail

Scott Frederick, former parts manager at Phil Long Ford in Colorado Springs, accepted a promotion to Parts and Service Director in April. Frederick has been with Phil Long Ford for 26 years as the parts manager, and has worked with the Ford Motor Company for 35 years.

The Arapahoe Community College Automotive Technology Program has received donations from both General Motors and Nissan North America Technical Training Department. GM, through its Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP), donated a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, and Nissan donated $12,000 to the ACC automotive technology program. “We can’t thank GM and Nissan enough for these outstanding donations,” said Jerry Viola, director of Automotive Technology at ACC.

Drive Train Industries is celebrating its 70th anniversary with an open house, on Thursday, May 21, at its Denver location: 5555 Joliet St., Denver, CO 80239. Customers that attend will receive tours of the building, product training and classes, a free hot lunch catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ, and door prizes.


Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced that Larry H. Miller American Toyota Albuquerque will undergo a multimillion-dollar reconstruction after which it will be one of the largest Toyota dealerships in the country at nearly 90,000 square feet. The new facility will include a spacious customer waiting lounge with Wi-Fi and a café bar, an energy efficient heating/cooling system, the most advanced service drive in the industry including high-speed garage doors, the best service equipment in the industry and a new car delivery space that will allow customers to learn about the features of their vehicle in a comfortable environment. The facility is estimated to be complete in fourth quarter 2016.


The 2015 Inaugural Educator of the Year Award was presented to Rick Escalambre at the 2015 Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park. Escalambre is a former shop owner and is currently an instructor at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., where he has served for the last 29 years. He is a respected author and editor of books in the industry and has also volunteered his time on the Educator Think Tank Committee for the last several years, helping create and direct the program as well as the live broadcasted panel discussions in 2014 and 2015. “You will be hard pressed to find a more inspiring and motivating educator,” Sheri Hamilton, Vision conference manager and ASA-Midwest executive director, said. “Escalambre embodies the core values the automotive technology field needs in its educators and we couldn’t be more proud to have him as our first ‘Vision Educator of the Year’ award recipient.”


Goodguys-Speedway Motors “Day at the Hay” will take place Saturday, June 27, at Pinnacle Bank Arena Festival Grounds in Lincoln’s Haymarket district. The event will feature an outdoor show, with awards for all years, makes and models of American-made and American-powered cars and trucks. Vendor exhibits, the Goodguys AutoCross, as well as live music will also be featured. A special kickoff celebration for registered event participants will be Friday evening, June 26, at the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed – a short distance from the event venue. Event hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 27. Those interested in registering their American made or American powered vehicle can do so at or by calling (925)

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