Mountain People & Places - May 2018
Nearly 300 Larry H. Miller employees representing the 14 Larry H. Miller dealerships in Colorado volunteered during the annual Day of Service to honor, April 26, and continue the legacy of the company’s founder on his birthday. Since 2010, 9,744 employees have donated more than 38,972 hours at 192 locations in seven states. Additionally, since 1996, Larry H. Miller Charities has donated more than $700,000 to qualified nonprofits throughout Colorado.
U.S. Auto Force recently completed a new 87,000-square-foot warehouse in Colorado Springs, Colo. It features a cost-effective HVAC system to serve the warehouse and offices as well as forklift charging and battery exhaust systems. They also designed a five-zone Building Automation controls system for enhanced and remote temperature control for the office space. U.S. Auto Force is a nationwide distributor of tires, undercar parts, and lubricants to independent tire retailers, auto repair shops, and automotive dealerships. They serve clients from 25 locations across the U.S.
New Mexico is among several states likely to have cars with open recalls. Millions of vehicles being acquired, retailed and serviced by dealers this year may have potentially dangerous unfixed recalls. According to Carfax, more than 57 million recalled vehicles – greater than one out of every five vehicles in the U.S. – currently are in use across the country.
Collision industry writer and veteran John Yoswick received an award at the recent Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) event in Westminster, Colo. Amber Alley, a board member of SCRS, presented the association’s “Industry Service Award” to the “Who Pays for What?” surveys conducted by Collision Advice and CRASH Network. Yoswick, editor of CRASH Network, accepted the award at the SCRS awards luncheon. Alley said the quarterly surveys, which began in 2015, have “provided the industry with a tool that has made negotiations more transparent,” and that she as a shop operator finds them “valuable beyond words.” The surveys ask shops about their billing practices – and insurer payment practices - related to non-included labor operations. In accepting the award, Yoswick credited Mike Anderson of Collision Advice, and the more than 3,000 shops that have participated in the surveys, for making the project a success. The SCRS “Repairer Roundtable” also featured Jack Hartung, chief financial officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill, who discussed parallels between his company and collision repairers who may be similarly looking to educate and build trust with consumers while differentiating a higher quality being offered than at low-cost providers. The discussion included three shop owners Matthew McDonnell of Big Sky Collision in Billings, Mont.; Jeff Kallemeyn of Kallemeyn Collision in Chicago, Ill.; and Robert Grieve of Nylund’s Collision Center in Denver. The roundtable preceded the CIC.
ASA Colorado will present “What is Good Leadership?” by Maylon Newton, Monday, May 7, at 6 p.m., who will take attendees through the steps to becoming a good leader while avoiding the pitfalls of the wrong moves. The event takes place at Kenz & Leslie BG Training Center, 4800 Van Gordon St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. To register, email Connect@asacolorado.org or call 303-202-5231.