Sheila Samuels accepts the CARSTAR 2017 Franchisee of the Year award from Dean Fisher, COO (left) and Michael Macaluso, president.Onlookers admire the vintage cars as the Colorado Grand Car tour returns to Lionshead Village in Vail. Vintage car at the Colorado Grand Car tour in Vail. Vintage car at the Colorado Grand Car tour in Vail.

Mountain People & Places - October 2017


Sheila Samuels and her brother, Jeff Samuels, of CARSTAR Ideal in Littleton and CARSTAR Arvada, were named 2017 Franchisee of the Year at CARSTAR’s recent annual conference for being a leader in the market on systems and processes and as an integral part of the Denver business group.

CARSTAR Alpine Auto Body, in Aurora, was recognized for its 25th anniversary and CARSTAR Jordan Road Collision, Centennial, for its 10that the recent annual CARSTAR conference, where more than 65 shops were honored for their continued participation in the CARSTAR network.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships collected $23,500 in school supplies during the 2017 “Stuff for Students” campaign. In partnership with 9News, Volunteers of America Colorado Branch and other business partners, supplies donated during this year’s drive will benefit 60,000 students in pre-kindergarten to high school. Throughout the month of August, a vehicle in each of the 11 participating dealerships’ showrooms was stuffed with much-needed school supplies. Since 2015, it is estimated that nearly $50,000 in school supplies have been donated by Larry H. Miller Dealerships to benefit students within more than 15 school districts that are in low-income households or suffering from homelessness.

The Colorado Grand Car tour rolled through Vail, Sept. 11 – 16, with the starting and stopping points at Lionshead village. The annual tour features pre-1960s vintage MGs, Bugattis, Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes-Benz and more. The 1,000-mile trek winds through several mountain towns. The event coincided with Vail’s Oktoberfest, making for a festive event. The proceeds of the event are generated for Colorado charities and communities.



Duane Zook, former Albuquerque branch manager for Engine and Performance Warehouse Inc. (EPWI) is now its new general manager for the South division, based in Dallas. In the new position, Zook will join EPWI’s senior management team and be responsible for the management and direction of 10 branches in the U.S. He succeeds John Clark, who decided to retire. Zook has completed several months of training with Clark and has now assumed the new position with EPWI.

Santa Fe Early College Opportunities (ECO) Auto Shop Program in Santa Fe is part of a SEMA pilot program designed to support and engage high school students in the automotive industry. As part of the pilot program, high school students will oversee and execute an entire project vehicle, including tracking time, expenses and associated resources, using a used vehicle purchased and donated by SEMA. SEMA delivered a 2015 4WD Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to ECO students, who have begun with identifying priorities and creating a plan for the project, which will be sold by the end of the school year in May 2018.


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