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ASA executive director Kari Foster and ASA Chairman Steve Horvath during ASA’s fifth annual symposium. (Photo courtesy ASA)
COLORADO A group of the north Denver area’s auto repair/maintenance shop owners recently collected enough food to feed a family of four for more than two months. In conjunction with its annual symposium in Golden last month, the Automotive Service Association, ASA, had urged members to help deliver...
Leading technicians Bogi Lateiner and Donny Seyfer (second from l.) took turns performing demonstrations on MAHLE Service Solutions’ new TechPRO diagnostic scan tool as Expo attendees Morgan Wells (r.) and Mike Kumika, both of Minneapolis, looked on. Lateiner and Seyfer did demonstrations at the MAHLE booth during regional expos last month. (Photo by Betta Ferrendelli )
Overland Park Kan. – MAHLE Service Solutions showcased its new TechPRO diagnostic scan tool during a regional hi-tech training expo last month. Leading technicians Bogi Lateiner and Donny Seyfer took turns performing the demonstrations. Bogi, an ASE certified mechanic, stars on the Velocity Channel...
Dan Moyer, owner of Metric Motors in Loveland, is celebrating the shop’s 40-year anniversary this year.  Behind him is a wall displaying the shop’s many awards, certifications, and articles.
Loveland, Colo.—While working for several major parts suppliers, Dan Moyer said he came to know what it takes to be a successful repair shop owner. Now a shop owner himself, Moyer, owner of Metric Motors, a NAPA AutoCare Center and Certified Green Garage, has taken steps to modernize his business...
(Back row, l.) Frank Dabbiero, 2nd place post secondary   Collision; Luis Rodrigues, 3rd place post secondary Collision; Ben   Falconer, 1st place secondary Refinishing   (Front row, left to right) Austin Grider, 2nd place secondary   Refinishing; Grant Kennedy, 1st place post secondary Collision
GREELEY, Colo. – Aims Community College automotive students competed at the district SkillsUSA competition in February at the Aims Automotive & Technology Center’s Windsor campus. The following winners will compete in April at the state SkillsUSA competition in Colorado Springs: High School...
Ryan Hochmiller, outgoing CAR president, kicks off a daylong event in January that featured industry speakers, trade exhibits, and general meetings.
Denver—Attendees at the annual meeting of the Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) on Jan. 23 at the PPA Event Center were treated to “best practice” presentations from key recycling industry leaders, along with a trade show, general business sessions, and networking opportunities.    Outgoing CAR...
Tim O’Day, president and COO of the Boyd Group Inc., oversees 305 U.S. collision repair centers, spanning 20 states. Three locations were added in Colorado last year.
Skokie, Ill.—Through two acquisitions and one brownfield opening last fall, the Boyd Group Inc., branded as Gerber Collision & Glass in the U.S., has increased its footprint in Colorado to 16 locations. The moves are part of an overall strategy to double the company’s size every five years,...
Owner Doug Paddock stands in the waiting room of his new facility in west Denver. He says the new layout has boosted employee morale, and the first month of production numbers are encouraging.
Denver—Paddock Imports, a longstanding European import specialist shop, has moved into a new 25,000-square-foot facility, nearly triple the size of its old facility, to help increase its production and expand into collision repair, Owner Doug Paddock said.  “Our old shop was crammed and presented a...
Students from Pickens Technical College stand in front of the motors donated by GM to 10 AYES schools throughout Colorado.
COLORADO The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s career fair will be held Thursday, April 14, at Garmat USA’s corporate office in Englewood. All industry companies seeking to meet greater Denver area collision students are invited to participate. More than 200 local collision students have...
Owner Ken Rackley invested thousands in his shop over the course of last year to align his brand with NAPA, which he said has paid off.
Aurora, Colo.—On Saturday, Feb. 13, Ken Rackley, owner of Tune Tech Automotive, was supposed to be in two places at once. He was scheduled to host AM560 KLZ’s “Drive Radio Show,” sponsored by Colorado Select NAPA AutoCare Centers, and he was also registered to attend the ASA-CO Independent...
Mike Torres (r.) applies the industry training he learned throughout his career in his new shop, Mountain View Automotive.  With him is newly appointed store manager Chris Neeley.
Thornton, Colo.—Mike Torres, a technician-turned-shop-owner, openly admits that he made costly mistakes early in his first attempt as an entrepreneur.  Now, after seeking the advice of industry trainers and mentors and some soul searching, Torres was able to succeed and is off to a fresh start at...

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