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Denver—Growing up, Scott Koldenhoven never intended to work in his family’s tire businesses. But as fate would have it, Koldenhoven is now one of the largest Big O Tire franchisees in the U.S., with a stake in 13 stores in Colorado and New Mexico. In a recent interview with Parts & People,...
Denver—George and Debbie Pepping, co-owners of Alpine Automotive, purchased the existing business in 1987 and decided not to rebrand, keeping the name the same, and signing on to uphold the reputation of a shop that has been serving Southwest Denver since the 1950s. New ownership left only one...
Sheridan, Colo.—In a bid to increase its market presence and penetration in Colorado, FinishMaster Automotive & Industrial Paint, a subsidiary of Uni-Select, acquired third-generation PPG jobber Painters Supply on Aug. 1. Parts & People recently met with Francis “Hecker” Aicher Heckendorf...
COLORADO 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,...
Falcon, Colo.—Before Tim Linenberger and Keith Merritt became co-owners of Falcon Collision Center in 2007, they worked alongside each other at Daniels Chevrolet in Colorado Springs for 12 years. When a change in ownership caused the closure of the dealership’s collision shop, Linenberger and...
Glenwood Springs, Colo.—Dave Malehorn, owner of Professional Auto Body, is not above seeking the advice of others. So he has surrounded himself with individuals who help him improve his business and the Western Slope communities that he has served for the last 27 years. “I don’t often look behind....
Vail, Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) has named its 2014 “Vendor Of The Year” and “Representative Of The Year” at the company’s Awards Dinner during EPWI’s 28th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 6. More than 100 channel partners were in attendance, who also...
COLORADO FinishMaster of Colorado hosted its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Omni Interlocken Resorts Golf Club on Wednesday, July 22. More than 122 customers, strategic vendor partners, employees, insurance company personnel and guests participated in the event. Manufacturers and vendor...
Littleton, Colo.—Whether he’s installing a lift kit and wheel-and-tire package on a brand new Ford F-150 or a bull bar for a late model SUV, it’s Jerry Jones’ goal to never turn a customer away because a job’s too small. Jones, owner of Colorado Off Road, a Total Truck Center, said his business...
Gunnison, Colo.—If you happen to be strolling the aisles of a national trade show, you’re likely to see Steve Landry, owner of Precision Automotive in Gunnison, Colo., checking out the latest in diagnostic test equipment. Having established Precision Automotive in 1984 at the very dawn of the...

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