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Co-owners and sisters Adrienne Pietrafeso and Vicki Simmons celebrated JM Auto Service’s 50th anniversary last year. They say they learned to persist and diversify from their late parents, Jim and Trudy Mazzo, and now offer mechanical, collision and towing services.
Aurora, Colo.—Adrienne Pietrafeso, co-owner of JM Auto Service and Collision Center with her sister, Vicki Simmons, said it’s taken unmitigated persistence at times to remain in business for 50 years, a milestone the company reached in 2015. Started in 1965 by their late parents, Jim and Trudy...
The AAM Group’s custom-built NSF1 Jeep Unlimited was on display at Midstates Inc. in Englewood, Colo., in December. The NSF1 will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation at The AAM Group general meeting in May, Midstates Inc. General Manager Brett Corning said.
Englewood, Colo.—In December, Midstates Inc., a wholesale distributor of automotive, truck, and SUV performance parts and accessories, hosted The Automotive Accessories Marketing (AAM) Group’s custom 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, dubbed the Navy SEAL Foundation One (NSF1). The custom Jeep will be...
From l., Cerena Rose, David Gonzales and Kolleen Torres are part of the staff at One Stop Parts Source’s new Aurora warehouse.
COLORADO ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners, and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s featured keynote...
After careful planning, John Stonum, owner of Stonum Automotive, a NAPA AutoCare Center, is enjoying the benefits of operating in a newly built shop.
Longmont, Colo.—When Stonum Automotive could no longer accommodate increasing car counts, owner John Stonum said he sought advice about relocation from fellow shop owners, most of whom recommended finding an existing building rather than constructing one. In the end, though, he had no choice but to...
Denver-based Western Automotive Warehouse Distributor (WAWD) owners Rob Johnston (l.) and Rick Yancey (r.) meet with Momentum USA Inc.’s Skip Carroll, director of engineering and production development (second from l.) and Bruce Mardar, vice president of sales.  They inspect an AmeriPRO premium brake bad that will debut in 2016.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Adam and Sarah Vowell are the newest Colorado franchisees for Christian Brothers Automotive. They opened their Parker shop in August after relocating from Houston.
Houston—Back in 2008, Texas-based Christian Brothers Automotive officials had an interest in expanding their repair-shop franchise base to Denver, predicting a continued population increase for the largest city in the Rocky Mountain region. As it turns out, their market analysis was accurate:...
Byron Brown has been named vice president and sales manager of Central Motive Power Inc., a parts and service facility for diesel turbo chargers and injectors.  Behind him is a Bosch flow-test bench for diesel injectors housed at the Denver location. (Photo by Michael Anderson)
COLORADO ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s featured keynote...
Bob Vrooman (l.), GM wholesale specialist for Colorado and Wyoming, and John Elway Dealerships’ Parts Director Allen Billings collaborated during GM’s MyPriceLink test pilot program.
Grand Blanc, Mich.—General Motors recently adopted MyPriceLink (MPL), a real-time wholesale collision parts pricing program powered by OEConnection (OEC). As of Dec. 1, 2015, the collision repair industry nationwide will no longer see static suggested list pricing for GM collision parts, that...
Co-Owners Mike Zerr and George VanArnam say the past two years of ownership have put them nearly halfway to paying off the owner-carry loan signed to buy the business. With steady car counts and room to grow, they are striving to reach the $1 million mark next year.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Before stepping into co-ownership with his partner, George VanArnam, Mike Zerr was the lead service advisor at Auto Tech Plaza on Platte Avenue for 10 years. He opened and closed the shop, developed trust between its repeat customers, earned new business through marketing,...
Denver—When Hyman Wright opened his automotive recycling business in the Mile High City, the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos didn’t exist. Wright, who opened his business at West 18th Avenue and Federal Boulevard in 1945, named his yard Stadium Auto Parts after his then-neighbor, the Denver...

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