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Bryan Gossel, owner of BG Automotive, has discovered the power networking. Tips he’s learned over the years have helped him achieve record sales this year.
Fort Collins, Colo.—When Bryan Gossel took the first step to improve the performance of his repair shop, BG Automotive, he hired an industry consultant, the Automotive Training Institute (ATI). He admitted, however, that it took him three years to heed their advice. Gossel said he eventually...
AIC Owner Vince Kristynik says Wanda is the perfect paint for his main customer base of smaller body shops.
Aurora, Colo.—“If you get the color right, they’ll come back,” says Vince Kristynik, owner of Auto & Industrial Coatings (AIC), an independent PBE jobber whose main paint line is Wanda. The high-performance value brand helps him serve smaller shops well.  Kristynik said after selling the...
DENVER (June 23, 2017) – Larry H. Miller Dealerships(LHM Dealerships) announced today the acquisition of a Nissan store in Denver. This purchase follows four steady years of growth in the Denver market, and makes the city the group’s largest market outside of its headquarters in Salt Lake City,...
The Rocky Mountain Race World radio show, which airs Saturday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m., on ESPN 1600 AM, is hosted by industry veterans (from left) Harley Rognmoe, Ray Fondacaro, and Jamie Park. Not pictured is producer and co-host Bryan Beard.
Denver—Tune into ESPN 1600 AM every Saturday morning and you’ll hear three automotive industry veterans — host Harley Rognmoe and co-hosts Ray “Daddy Ray” Fondacaro and Jamie Park — talk about the people and venues for racing throughout Colorado on the show Rocky Mountain Race World’s (RMRW).  Now...
Don Roy Jr., owner of Blue Ribbon Auto Body in Loveland, is set to open a second location in Fort Collins this summer.
Loveland, Colo.—About halfway through his 20-year career as a body shop owner, Don Roy IV said he was working long hours, fed up with the business, and ready to sell. That was until he discovered the power of delegation. Employing a laissez-fair management style with his 25-person crew, Roy said he...
Robert Savi owns and operates The Import Warehouse in Golden and The Import Mechanics in Denver. His unconventional approach to business garners trust and transparency with customers.
Denver—Robert Savi, a former architect, has enjoyed success in the automotive trade by employing an intentional, unconventional approach. Whether it’s offering loaner bicycles or Fiat 500s with memorable Italian names, or giving customers the option to choose a charity after an oil change or...
From left: BASF attendees at the 2017 WIN Conference in Denver included Shana Ruckreigle, Yolanda Sandor, Jane Niemi, Tina Nelles, Sheila Principio, Maryam Attia, Denise Kingstrom, Lucy Wildman, Amy Kramer, Sally Miener, Jennifer Robertson and Tonya Boddie.
COLORADO Empire Lakewood Nissan announced it has opened a new state-of-the-art Nissan dealership at 14707 W Colfax Ave., Lakewood. Along with the new store, it has added two new employees, Thomas Treviso in retail sales and Mike Velasquez as full-time wholesale sales. Velasquez has more than 26...
Bandimere Speedway will host the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 21-23.
Automotive racetracks throughout Colorado and the mountain region provide opportunities for all motorsports enthusiasts to compete on asphalt to dirt, spring to fall. Events such as Bandimere’s annual Mopar Mile High Nationals, and the 101st Race to the Clouds with Pikes Peak International Hill...
CREF and ASE partnered for a career fair in May. Co-hosting the event is Michael McAfee (left), who represents ASE in the Rocky Mountains and Desert regions, and Brandon Eckenrode, CREF’s director of development.
Aurora, Colo.— The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) co-hosted a career fair for automotive and collision repair students on May 8, at Manheim Denver. More than 225 automotive technology and collision repair high school and college students,...
From left are Instructor Wade Knight, first-place winner in High School Collision Technology Bruce Driml, and Instructor Ralph Mills from Pikes Peak Community College.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Forty-one students from five technical schools across the state completed in the Colorado 2017 SkillsUSA Collision and Refinish competitions, April 6, held at Pikes Peak Community College. The first-place winners in each competition will represent Colorado in the SkillsUSA...

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