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Noah Stevens, a former accountant, has made a name for himself at Mile High Classics, a restoration shop in Denver.
Denver—Reading financial statements is second nature to Noah Stevens, so is restoring cars. In an unlikely combination, Stevens, a Florida transplant, has successfully shifted from corporate accounting into entrepreneurship as owner of Mile High Classics. As a young economics graduate from Florida...
Rolf Pickering says the amount of technology a shop has to be equipped with is creating a barrier to entry for many would-be shop owners.
Lakewood, Colo.—A customer pulls into the parking lot of Front Range Automotive, an O’Reilly Certified Auto Repair Center, with a check engine light on. Not unusual in and of itself, the notable part is the alacrity with which owner Rolf Pickering responds. Armed with a case containing various...
David Lang is the Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.
David Lang, of Independent Vehicle Service, in Albuquerque, N.M., was recognized as the Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the ASE in San Diego. Lang was among 47 other automotive professionals who were recognized. The annual awards banquet...
Englewood, Colo.— The ASA Colorado Summit, “Training to New Heights,” is building on last year’s success and will be offering twice as many training classes and more networking opportunities for all attendees. “We’re bringing back a true ‘expo-type’ show and learning environment,” said Brad Pellman...
As proper tooling and training for each manufacturer becomes increasingly cost prohibitive, Larry Brown says shops will gradually move away from servicing all makes and models.
Greenwood Village, Colo.—As the calendar turns to 2018, Larry Brown has three primary objectives as the new chairman of the Denver NAPA AutoCare Elite Business Development Group: Training, training and training. “We’re all about becoming more educated,” he said. “If we can lift up all the shops,...
Industry veteran Philip Eickmann (right) purchased Parker Automotive last summer.  Eickmann and his manager, Adam Civilla, have laid the groundwork for aggressive growth over the next four years.
Parker, Colo.—When Philip Eickmann went to work for Gary Hansen at Parker Automotive, he secretly intended to purchase the shop someday. Two years later, Eickmann popped the question to Hansen and his wife, Karen, over dinner, and within 12 months, he found himself at the helm. “It took some...
South African transplant Rian Conradie (right) opened Premier Collision Center with a customer-first business model that has served the shop well for 18 years. With him is Manager and Painter Shannon Cardinal.
Denver—In a sea of construction along Brighton Boulevard Corridor north of downtown Denver sits an unassuming body shop, Premier Collision, an AAA-approved shop and an AAA Insurance DRP. Despite changing surroundings, and an ever-evolving collision marketplace, Owner Rian Conradie has remained...
DENVER (December 20, 2017) – Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced today that is has acquired a Nissan store on Arapahoe Road in Centennial, Colorado. This expands the group’s footprint in the Denver Metro area to 12 stores, with 14 total in the state. “Nissan has been a standout brand for us, and...
This is one of our most popular classes adapted and rewritten to better look at what it takes to change the price or commodity driven customer into a value driven one.  This class will look at the differences and why most customers need to be better educated to be able to understnad the difference...
RICHARDSON, Texas (December 4, 2017) — Service King Collision Repair Centers®, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most trusted brands in high-quality collision repair service, today announced the company is expanding its service in the Colorado Springs area. The announcement comes as the...

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