The crew from Rocky Mountain CFC accepts Pinnacle Assurannce’s Circle of Safety award in November, recognition they’ve earned for the last three years.

Mountain People & Places - December 2016


Lynn and Mark Cirbo, owners of Rocky Mountain CFC, an automotive equipment sales and service facility in Denver, recently earned the 2015 Pinnacol Circle of Safety award. Mark Cirbo said this is the third consecutive year they’ve won the award.  “I think we’ve been fortunate to not have any injuries in 11 years,” he said.

A career fair will be at the Women’s Industry Network conference in Denver, May 7, at The Westin Downtown Denver. The Collision Repair Education Foundation will continue its efforts of bringing together industry businesses and local collision repair and automotive students this spring with career fairs. The 2015 and 2016 events have been successful in showcasing to students the many different industry segments that are interested in considering them for employment. Past career fair events have averaged over 200 attending students and 15 industry businesses/employers.

The Boyd Group Inc. (Gerber Collision & Glass) announced the opening of a new collision repair center in Grand Junction. The center previously operated as Taber Body Paint & Frame. “We are very pleased to be adding this center, which has served the community for many years,” said Tim O’Day, president and COO of the Boyd Group’s U.S. operations. “As this is our second location in Grand Junction, we now have additional capacity along with Ford aluminum certification to better serve our customers and insurance partners.”

Among ASA’s “Top 10 Websites Contest” winners are Avalon Motorsports (, of Denver, and Pickering’s Auto Service (, of Lakewood. They were selected for ease of use, appearance and as marketing tools.

Maaco recognized several Colorado shops at its recent annual conventions with awards, including Brian Greenley, Littleton (David M Lapps Award), and Joe Ambuul, Colorado Springs (25 year milestone). Joe Ambuul also was a regional winner for performance and operations (Southwest region). More than 60 franchisees were recognized.

Warren Tech, of Lakewood, received a donation from the Collision Repair Education Foundation made possible by American Family Insurance, which donated $12,000 for 12 schools. The schools applied for the foundation’s 2016 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant. The funds will help fulfill the schools collision program’s wish list of needed tools, equipment, and supplies.

ASA-CO’s annual training event, The Summit, will be Jan. 28, at Lincoln Tech. It will feature Jeremy O’Neal, of AdvisorFix, as keynote speaker; more than 20 classes for techs, owners, service writers and managers; networking with Lincoln Tech’s graduating class and other service professionals; and a pre-party, Jan. 27, at Unser Racing, sponsored by NAPA. Visit for more information.

CARSTAR Ideal, of Littleton, refurbished a 2008 Nissan Sentra as part of CARSTAR Auto Body’s Recycled Rides program. This year, 11 CARSTAR stores across eight states joined the effort started by the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to make a positive impact in their own communities.



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