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From left: Representing three generations at Olde’s Garage are Gerry Olde, his daughter, Kate Porter, and her son, Monty Porter.
Evergreen, Colo.—If your last name is Olde or Porter, and you live in Evergreen, chances are your first job was at Olde’s Garage when you turned 13. This right of passage is part of the rich automotive history and entrepreneurial spirit that surrounds the family that founded Olde’s Garage in 1921,...
Registrations more than doubled (106 percent) in eight years; leads U.S. in light truck.
Denver—New car and light truck registrations in Colorado improved 5.7 percent in 2017 over 2016 and declined slightly (-1.7 percent) in December 2017 versus December 2016. According to registration data compiled by Experian Automotive for the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), year-to-...
Gascat LLC is the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of Italian-made Greentech Dryers. Pictured, from left, are Greentech Dryers CEO Francesco Bertoli, Gascat LLC owner Johan Huwaert, Gascat Business Development Manager Rob Martin, and Colorado distributor John Baker, owner of John Baker Sales.
Englewood, Colo.—In a market re-launch, the newly formed Gascat LLC is now the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor of Italian-made Greentech Dryers, makers of gas catalytic infrared (IR) drying equipment. Gascat is owned and operated by Johan Huwaert, who also serves as general manager of...
Will Rogers returns to Denver from Spokane, Wash., to serve as the Denver DC’s general manager.
MOUNTAIN Will Rogers has been named general manager for NAPA’s Denver distribution center. He replaces Riley Pratt. Rogers’ career with NAPA spans 31 years, which began in Albuquerque, then in Denver where he served as the DC’s district manager and sales manager for eight years, Spokane, Washington...
Delivering the breakfast keynote “song” while impersonating Elvis Presley is Buyosphere’s Jonnie Write, who used puns to entertain and motivate the audience. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Denver—Donning a white Elvis jumpsuit, complete with black wig and oversized sunglasses, automotive trainer Johnnie Wright belted out classic Elvis tunes laced with automotive puns to an audience of 350 automotive service industry leaders and personnel at the Automotive Service Association of...
The Quanz family opened a third collision repair center in Rio Rancho last December. General Manager Adam Quanz says the shop has already exceeded volume expectations.
Rio Rancho, N.M.—When Adam Quanz, general manager of Quanz Auto Care, began to experience overcapacity at his family’s main body shop at Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road NW in Albuquerque, he stopped to analyze where the additional customers were coming from.  Confirming his suspicion, the...
Brian Bates, of Eagle Automotive Service, received the NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year award.
MOUNTAIN Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair recognized more than 60 franchisees at its fall convention in Paradise Island, Bahamas held late fall 2017.  They were recognized for several achievements including outstanding sales performance, operational excellence, leadership, growth and...
Gov. John Hickelooper (second from right), Mayor Michael B. Hancock (third from left), joins Panasonic, EasyMile, RTD, and CDOT for “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Day” at EasyMile’s new North American headquarters co-located at Panasonic’s Denver offices.
Newark, N.J.—Panasonic welcomed Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to its Denver offices, where he proclaimed Dec. 4 as “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Day” to reinforce initiatives such as Panasonic’s connected vehicle partnership with CDOT’s RoadX Program, as well as acknowledge EasyMile, a leader...
Noah Stevens, a former accountant, has made a name for himself at Mile High Classics, a restoration shop in Denver.
Denver—Reading financial statements is second nature to Noah Stevens, so is restoring cars. In an unlikely combination, Stevens, a Florida transplant, has successfully shifted from corporate accounting into entrepreneurship as owner of Mile High Classics. As a young economics graduate from Florida...
Rolf Pickering says the amount of technology a shop has to be equipped with is creating a barrier to entry for many would-be shop owners.
Lakewood, Colo.—A customer pulls into the parking lot of Front Range Automotive, an O’Reilly Certified Auto Repair Center, with a check engine light on. Not unusual in and of itself, the notable part is the alacrity with which owner Rolf Pickering responds. Armed with a case containing various...

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