Mountain People & Places - November 2015


The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of collision repair centers in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, previously operated as Perri’s Collision Repair & Refinishing. “These locations establish a foothold for us in western Colorado to complement our 14 locations focused on Denver in the eastern part of the state,” said Tim O’Day, president and COO of the Boyd Group’s U.S. operations. “Both centers are well-established in their markets, with the Grand Junction location serving its community for 23 years and Glenwood Springs for close to 10 years. We look forward to building on these strong relationships and serving new customers with the Gerber brand of professional and friendly service.”

The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) will hold its Colorado Chapter meeting, Nov. 13, at the Pace Center in Parker, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through lunch. Breakfast and lunch will both be provided.

ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners and entry-level to advanced technicians. The featured keynote speaker is Bogi Lateiner, of 180 Degrees Automotive and All Girls Garage. ASA member “Early Bird” registration costs $199 and $249 for non-members. Early Bird registration ends Jan. 20. Group discounts are available. For more information visit 

The National Automobile Dealers Association’s (NADA) board of directors has elected Jeff Carlson, who is currently serving as NADA vice chairman and is president of Glenwood Springs Ford and Glenwood Springs Subaru in Glenwood Springs and co-owner of Summit Ford in Silverthorne, as chairman for 2016. His term as chairman officially begins in January 2016. The ceremonial event of “passing the gavel” will occur at the 2016 NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas. “This is a great honor, and I’m eager to lead NADA as we continue the important job of protecting the interests of America’s 16,500 franchised new-car dealerships, and the more than one million people they employ nationwide,” Carlson said.

Colorado Automotive Teachers’ Society held its C.A.T.S Conference, Oct. 1-2, at Brighton High School, Brighton. There were about 50 attendees and 20 vendors had displays and conducted workshops and training sessions. Vendors included McGee Company, Hunter, Snap-on, Fluid Power, ConsuLab and publishers such as Goodheart-Wilcox and Jones & Bartlett Learning. Sessions about changes in oil and gas were held, and Mustang Dynos and K&N filters conducted additional classes alongside classes for students. The one concern repeated by many was “Where are the teachers of tomorrow.”


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