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From left: Medved Wholesale Representative Kenyatta Algee, Parts Consultant Luke Warlick, Parts Manager Burt Hansen, and Mitchell Divin, parts shipping and receiving, stand in the newly reallocated parts department at Medved Autoplex South in Castle Rock.
Castle Rock, Colo.—The bees are buzzing at Medved Autoplex South, marking the steady rhythm of a year-long operational overhaul meant to support increased parts-department revenue. Medved in Castle Rock recently grew its dedication to Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram parts...
Chad Rhodus and his sister, Kacey Pace, operate the family business, Havoline Xpress Lube, which their parents founded nearly four decades ago.
Lakewood, Colo.—Last January Ed and Diane Rhodus took their first step toward retirement by appointing their children, Kacey Pace and Chad Rhodus, as co-managers of their family business, which dates back nearly four decades and was once a Jim Paris Tire franchise. Today, Havoline Xpress Lube...
Complimentary Air Foundation Brake/Brake CertificationInstructor: Andre Capritta Agenda:Review of Brake Related FMVSS 121 & FMCSR RegulationsBasic Brake TheoryWheel End ComponentsFunction & Proper Maintenance & Inspection ProceduresBrake Drums, Brake Shoes, Foundation Brake Components,...
John Baker has opened a second business, JBS Training Center, a facility that is outfitted with a paint booth and mixing room, which is available for lease to all types of collision repair businesses.
Englewood, Colo.—John Baker knows first hand how bad paint booth airflow can negatively impact a job and diminish a shop’s efficiency. That’s because he has been diagnosing and solving airflow problems with paint booths in Michigan and Colorado for more than 26 years. During that time, he...
Bronco Randy Gradishar (left) presents a signed jersey to Fair Auto & Truck Parts’ Mitch Mitchell.
COLORADO Bestop Inc. has hired Brian Terrano as director of supply chain management. Terrano will direct the company’s global purchasing strategy and business processes that support Bestop’s original equipment and aftermarket automotive customers. He will also develop supply chain best practices...
Ray Williams (left) and Alan Squier, owners of Specialized Product Supply, now offer customers a variety of collision repair equipment through Spanesi Americas. Pictured here is the Touch electronic measuring system and the Q5 3-Torch Inverter welder capable of aluminum, silicone bronze, and steel welding.
Denver—In a bid to help collision repair shops cost-effectively equip themselves, Alan Squier and Ray Williams, owners of Specialized Product Supply (SPS), a PBE jobber, have added Spanesi Americas to their linecard. SPS now offers shops the complete lineup from the Italian collision equipment...
Rob Brago, owner of Diagnostic Equipment, has built a reputation as a mobile diagnostician, performing programing services for repair shops along the Front Range.
Lakewood, Colo.—When shops call Rob Brago, owner of Colorado Diagnostic Equipment, it’s usually to be the “clean up man” and complete the final step in a diagnostic procedure. Over the last few years, he has built a reputation as a go-to diagnostician for programming newly installed modules and...
Caliber Collision’s Colorado Team accepts the Employer of the Year award from the Lincoln College of Technology in Denver at its Stars and Bars awards ceremony. From left, are Phil Palumbo, Jeff Olin, Matt O'Neill and Rich Viano.
COLORADO/NEW MEXICO TBC Corporation (TBC) announced it has sold SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service to Grease Monkey, independent franchisors of automotive fast lube centers serving more than two million customers with locations in Colorado and New Mexico. “This transaction provides outstanding...
Autovitals’ Jimmy Lea, who dressed as “Doc” from “Back to the Future,” says shop customers are more likely to spend more per visit if a digital inspection shows them, with pictures, exactly what they are investing in.
Denver—Want to increase sales and create satisfied and faithful customers? Don’t “sell to” customers, educate them using the tools and advantages of the digital age — and keep them coming back. That was the advice from ASA Colorado Summit speaker Jimmy Lea, senior national sales manager at...
AdvisorFix’s Jeremy O’Neal opened ASA-CO’s Summit 2017 with a keynote address, advising resilience through industry shifts.
Denver—A record number of 265 attendees and 34 vendors went to the Automotive Service Association of Colorado’s 2017 Summit Jan. 27 and 28, at Lincoln College of Technology in Denver, marking a 110-attendee, 24-vendor increase over 2016. The weekend kicked off Friday night with a NAPA-sponsored...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.