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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...
Colorado Springs, Colo.—In a move to increase students’ employability, Ralph Mills, collision program department chair for Pikes Peak Community College, aligned a portion of his curriculum with I-CAR earlier this year. High school and college students now have the ability to enroll in the new I-CAR...
COLORADO The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of collision repair centers in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, previously operated as Perri’s Collision Repair & Refinishing. “These locations establish a foothold for us in western Colorado to complement our 14 locations focused on...
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....

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