Mountain People & Places - October 2015


A NAPA-sponsored service advisor training course is being offered at a discounted rate for NAPA BDG and ASA-CO members on Oct. 23 and 24, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Emily Griffith Technical College. Regular price is $100 per attendee. Members of NAPA BDG or ASA-CO will receive a $50 credit, and members of both will receive an $80 credit. Classes will be taught by Paul Marquardt, national trainer for NAPA Autotech Training. Contact Brian Bates at 303-948-2988 for more information.

Denise Wells from Part of The Club reported that Auto Collision Specialists of Greeley won its third quarter catered lunch drawing.  The crew received an all-catered lunch on Sept. 15.  To be eligible for the next drawing, a shop must complete an entry card attached to each wholesale parts purchase from Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, Wells said, adding that the luncheon will be held in December.

Ralph Schomp BMW has donated a 2004 BMW X5 mobile unit to the Arapahoe Community College Automotive Technology Program. “We are very excited to receive this gift from Ralph Schomp BMW,” said Jerry Viola, ACC director of Automotive Technology. “It is very special to receive donations from local dealerships and we truly appreciate our partnership with Ralph Schomp BMW.”

Allen Billings, parts director for the John Elway Auto Group, reported that Julie Easton is the dealerships’ new wholesale parts representative.  Easton, who was hired in August, brings to the job 10 years’ experience with Chrysler in Dallas and the Kansas City area, working with franchise dealerships in parts, service, and financial services. She also worked for Sirius XM training dealership personnel. Easton conducts field representation and manages OEM wholesale programs for each of the three John Elway Colorado dealerships, which includes Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. The wholesale operation is backed by 11 dedicated delivery vehicles, FedEx Same Day delivery service, and some of the most knowledgeable parts people in the industry, Billings said.

Drive Train Industries has finished its 70th Anniversary Celebration “Tour.” It started in May, in Denver, and continued through Casper, Fort Collins, Gillette, Grand Junction and Greeley and ended in Rock Springs on Aug. 13. The celebrations hosted approximately 1,300 customers. More than 50 vendors were represented. The events included barbeque, door prizes and handouts. Twenty-two complimentary training classes were also presented.

Colorado drivers are nearly as likely to collide with a deer this year as they were last year according to new claims data from State Farm.  The odds drivers will hit a deer in Colorado are 1 out of 304, below the national odds of 1 in 169. State Farm’s deer collisions facts for Colorado state: Colorado is ranked No. 40 in the country for deer collisions; the national cost per claim average is $4,135, up 6 percent from 2014 when the average was $3,888; the months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in Colorado are October, November, and December.

WORLDPAC announced the opening of a new regional distribution center in the Arvada. The facility offers expanded service and delivery options to local independent automotive repair professionals. It is the third WORLDPAC location in Colorado.

Scott McCandless, president of McCandless Truck Center, the 2015 Truck Dealer of the Year in Aurora, spoke about his career path and passion for the commercial truck industry during the ATD Academy graduation. The graduating class included 28 students from the U.S. and Canada. The 11-month program began in September 2014 and included six weeks of classroom instruction, 45 weeks of dealership training and a federal policy briefing at ATD-NADA’s Capitol Hill office on regulatory and legislative issues affecting dealerships. McCandless stressed the importance of professional persistence and conquering challenges. “Don’t fear what you don't know,” he said. “It only makes you stronger.”

Jarred Black, store manager of Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Lakewood, was named by ColoradoBiz Magazine to its 6th annual list of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado. The program recognizes outstanding Colorado business and community leaders between the ages of 21-39. Black, 29, was among the more than 300 individuals nominated based on their accomplishments and significant contributions to their businesses, industries and communities. The 25 selected as most influential are featured in the September/October 2015 issue of ColoradoBiz, and will be recognized during an awards program at Mile High Station in Denver on Sept. 21.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition and opening of a new collision repair center in Highlands Ranch. The center was previously operated as Don Massey Collision Center. The new location is close to E-470 that continues to Denver, about 13 miles north. “The addition of this location to the Gerber family demonstrates the progress we are making in meeting our goal of growing our number of centers by 6-10 percent through single-location additions,” said Tim O’Day, president and COO of the Boyd Group’s U.S. operations. “Also, by increasing our footprint in the Denver region we will be able to better serve our prospective and existing customers, particularly those in growing suburban areas, as well as our insurance partners."

I-25 Kia, in Longmont, honored five outstanding local elementary school teachers by taking them on a shopping spree to load up on $300 worth of classroom supplies. Principals at each school nominated deserving teachers to be honored by i25 Kia’s “Teachers with Drive: Helping Teachers Cruise through the Year” campaign. The shopping spree will help put supplies in the classrooms of veteran, first-year, support and bi-lingual teachers.



Big O Tires announced the opening of a new store in Bountiful. The store is owned and operated by the International Franchise Association’s 2014 Franchisees of the year, Kory and Kent Coleman. This is the fifth franchise for Kory and Kent. The store has nine bays, equipped to offer customers a full array of tires and automotive services. “We are pleased to continue growing the Big O Tires brand with great franchisees like Kory and Kent,” said Kevin Kormondy, executive vice president and COO for Big O Tires.





















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