Mountain People & Places - December 2017
ASA Colorado will hold its annual Summit training event, Saturday, Jan. 27, at Lincoln Tech, Denver. There will be more than 25 classes, including hands-on training at the school’s new facility for every level of technician, owner, service writer and manager, as well as an opportunity to network with Lincoln Tech’s graduating class and other service professionals. On Friday, Jan. 26, there will be a “pre-party” at Unser Karting & Events. For more info, visit asacolorado.org, or call 303-202-5231.
Brett Corning, president of Midstates Inc. in Englewood, Colo., has been elected to Custom Automotive Network’s (CAN) board of directors. He is among four industry professionals elected to serve the board for the 2018-2019 term. Custom Automotive Network was founded in 1970 as Performance Warehouse Association. Midstates Inc. stocks the auto, truck and SUV products and accessories and delivers to more than 150 cities and towns in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Car Crafters in Albuquerque, N.M., was presented the “Russ Verona Memorial Award” by I-CAR during an awards ceremony at Industry Week in Las Vegas. The award recognizes the seven-shop company for maintaining I-CAR Gold Class status for 26 years and promoting the importance of training and the Gold Class program in its marketing.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy. The five-year donation, called the “Routes & Roots: Enterprise Healthy Rivers Project,” helps support The Nature Conservancy’s long-term water resource management initiatives and is expected to benefit 150 million people. The Nature Conservancy is working with water users throughout the Colorado Basin to sustainably manage the Colorado River, develop innovative ways to conserve water and restore watersheds.
The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has named Donny Seyfer to replace retiring Skip Potter as NASTF executive officer. NASTF identifies, communicates and resolves gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers. Seyfer brings more than 30 years’ experience as a technician, shop owner/manager at Seyfer Automotive in Wheat Ridge, trainer and 15 years of association and trade show experience to the role.
McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury sports and super cars, has opened McLaren Denver, located in Highlands Ranch. Owned by Mike Ward Auto Group, McLaren Denver becomes McLaren’s 22nd location in North America. It includes a 13,000-square foot event center. Dealer Principal and General Manager Mike Ward is able to offer the space free-of-charge to a variety of local organizations whose work betters the community. To further engage the local community, the retailer hosts “Supercar Saturday” on the third Saturday of every month. Its service department is led by Service Manager Kim Case, who oversees Service Writer Keith Currell and Technician Brian Webb.
Zenith Education Group announced it will close its WyoTech campus in Laramie, Wyo., one of 21 Altierus and WyoTech campuses that will cease enrolling new students and be taught out, providing the approximately 5,400 students across the ground and online campuses the opportunity to complete their programs. In addition, Zenith will reach out to local educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and community groups to inquire if there is interest in using our existing facilities within their communities.
Subaru University has donated a 2013 Outback, a 2015 BRZ and a 2015 Forester to the Arapahoe Community College Automotive Technology Program. Subaru Western Region Education Manager Mitch May has also installed Subaru’s Denso DST-i electronic scan tool at no cost to ACC, which is a scan tool used to interface with, diagnose, and sometimes reprogram vehicle control modules. Subaru-U is a partnership between select NATEF/AYES schools and Subaru of America. ACC Auto Tech Instructor/AYES Program Coordinator Bob Parmley coordinates the Subaru-U program at ACC and was instrumental in laying the foundation for the new corporate sponsorship.
Larry Brown, owner of Davis Repair in Greenwood Village, has been appointed Chairman of the NAPA Elite Business
Development Group. The group is comprised of 44 NAPA AutoCare Center members along the Front Range dedicated to helping shops improve through training and the synergy of networking.