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COLORADO The AAM Group honored Midstates Inc. as 2016 member of the year at its annual membership meeting, May 17–19, in St. Louis. AAM makes the selection based on five key metrics of member participation: active participation, growth as a percentage, marketing participation, participation in...
I-76 Speedway, is a 1/4 mile high-banked dirt oval race track in Fort Morgan, features four to six divisions every Saturday night through October.
For the first time in more than a decade, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Colorado. The last time the series was in the Centennial State was September 2005. For the first time ever, races will be held Sept. 14 at the El Paso County Raceway and Fairgrounds in Calhan, 35...
John Elway Collision Center’s Parts Operations Supervisor Mike Slatkavitz (c.) earned employee of the month in May. Presenting the award are dealer John Elway Chevrolet dealer principal and partner Todd Maul (l.) and General Manager Josh Letsis. (Photo by Michael Anderson)
COLORADO General Motors recently donated a 2014 GMC Sierra to the Arapahoe Community College (ACC) in Littleton as part of its GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP). "GM has been supporting our efforts at ACC for many years, and their support has been invaluable to the education of our...
The crew at Euro-Tech Automotive specializes in servicing German makes. Pictured, from l., are Ernie Keller, Tyler Keller, Chris White, Matt Noteboom, Tony Urioste, and Becky Kyger.
Golden, Colo.—Ernie Keller carefully works under the hood of a 1994 BMW 530i, replacing the valley pan on a car he knows well. That’s because its owner, who has logged 385,000 miles, has trusted Keller to service it since it was new. Keller has fostered that kind of customer loyalty from his...
Grant Kennedy (l) and Ben Falconer from Aims Community College will represent Colorado for the second year in a row. Falconer finished first in the nation last year and is striving to win Nationals again.
Colorado Springs, Colo.~Thirty-five high school and post-secondary students competed in the Collision Repair Technology and Automotive Refinish divisions of the 2016 Colorado SkillsUSA competitions at Pikes Peak Community College, April 8.      The students came from six Colorado schools: Morgan...
CSU Health and Safety Consultation officials Patty Jeffries and Todd Plumer (third from l.) present John Elway Chevrolet’s GM Josh Letsis (l.) and Principal Todd Maul with OSHA’s SHARP plaque. John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley also earned Sharp certification in May.
Englewood, Colo.—John Elway Chevrolet and John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley have earned OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification, making them the first automotive dealerships in Colorado to earn the elite certification. They are now among three...
Gian Pieroni (l.) is the third generation in his Argentinian family to work in the collision repair industry. He owns and operates Highlands Auto Body, a business his father Mario Pieroni founded 37 years ago after immigrating to the U.S.
Littleton, Colo.—In an industry where large consolidators and MSOs have become commonplace, the father-son duo Gian and Mario Pieroni, who own Highlands Auto Body, are anything but. It’s a personal touch that many corporate shops lack today, said 27-year-old Gian Pieroni, who took over the family...
From l., ASA Mechanical Division President Stacia Hamp, ASA Exec. Director Kari Foster, State Sen. Laura Woods, ASA Sec-Treas Dana TePoel, ASA Chairman Steve Horvath, met recently at Learning Circle to discuss legislative issues with the senator.
Westminster, Colo. – Members of the Automotive Service Association-Colorado met recently with Colorado Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) to discuss abandoned vehicles and other issues that face the auto repair industry.  The ASA-Colorado “Learning Circle” is a monthly meeting in which the ASA members...
Dave Mattson, parts manager, says that by working to build a foundation for processes and procedures in the parts department over the last three years, the business has been able to regain a favorable reputation.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—While it’s difficult to make up for lost ground in any business, it’s particularly hard to do so in the automotive sector, said Dave Mattson, parts manager of the Bob Penkhus dealership group. Since taking over as parts manager three years ago, Mattson has worked tirelessly...
After selling Southeast Auto Body, Ken and Delores Stafford now own and operate a mechanical repair shop, Next Auto Care Repair.
Littleton, Colo.— Just three months after selling his longtime collision repair shop, Southeast Autobody, and moving with his wife Delores to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Ken Stafford said he realized that an early retirement wasn’t for him. “I thought I was finished working, but I wasn’t,” said...

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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.