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Industry veteran Philip Eickmann (right) purchased Parker Automotive last summer.  Eickmann and his manager, Adam Civilla, have laid the groundwork for aggressive growth over the next four years.
Parker, Colo.—When Philip Eickmann went to work for Gary Hansen at Parker Automotive, he secretly intended to purchase the shop someday. Two years later, Eickmann popped the question to Hansen and his wife, Karen, over dinner, and within 12 months, he found himself at the helm. “It took some...
South African transplant Rian Conradie (right) opened Premier Collision Center with a customer-first business model that has served the shop well for 18 years. With him is Manager and Painter Shannon Cardinal.
Denver—In a sea of construction along Brighton Boulevard Corridor north of downtown Denver sits an unassuming body shop, Premier Collision, an AAA-approved shop and an AAA Insurance DRP. Despite changing surroundings, and an ever-evolving collision marketplace, Owner Rian Conradie has remained...
David Lang is the Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.
David Lang, of Independent Vehicle Service, in Albuquerque, N.M., was recognized as the Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the ASE in San Diego. Lang was among 47 other automotive professionals who were recognized. The annual awards banquet...
Englewood, Colo.— The ASA Colorado Summit, “Training to New Heights,” is building on last year’s success and will be offering twice as many training classes and more networking opportunities for all attendees. “We’re bringing back a true ‘expo-type’ show and learning environment,” said Brad Pellman...
DENVER (December 20, 2017) – Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced today that is has acquired a Nissan store on Arapahoe Road in Centennial, Colorado. This expands the group’s footprint in the Denver Metro area to 12 stores, with 14 total in the state. “Nissan has been a standout brand for us, and...
This is one of our most popular classes adapted and rewritten to better look at what it takes to change the price or commodity driven customer into a value driven one.  This class will look at the differences and why most customers need to be better educated to be able to understnad the difference...
RICHARDSON, Texas (December 4, 2017) — Service King Collision Repair Centers®, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most trusted brands in high-quality collision repair service, today announced the company is expanding its service in the Colorado Springs area. The announcement comes as the...
I-CAR’s John Van Alstyne (left) presents the “Russ Verona Memorial Award” to Jim (center) and Sean Guthrie of Car Crafters in Albuquerque, N.M. Jim Guthrie also serves on the board of directors for I-CAR. (Photo by John Yoswick)
ASA Colorado will hold its annual Summit training event, Saturday, Jan. 27, at Lincoln Tech, Denver. There will be more than 25 classes, including hands-on training at the school’s new facility for every level of technician, owner, service writer and manager, as well as an opportunity to network...
The parts and service management team at Larry H. Miller Lakewood Ford oversees its new off-site 21-bay shop that opened in October. Pictured, from left, are Service Manager Shawn Casement, Parts Manager Steve Albertson, and Service Director Richard Minges.
Lakewood, Colo.—Even with around-the-clock service hours, Larry H. Miller (LHM) Lakewood Ford was experiencing a backlog in its 31-bay service department. To solve that problem and offer quicker service, LHM officials opened a second 21-bay off-site service facility in early October. LHM Lakewood...
Ron Metcalf, co-owner of National Differential, stocks popular Ford, Dodge, and GM remanufactured transfer cases ready for installation.
Security, Colo.—Business partners Mike Snover and Ron Metcalf know how costly a tied up service bay can be. Rather than having a technician rebuild a differential on the spot, the duo says it’s far more profitable and reliable to remove and replace the unit, something they do at their two repair...

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