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Jason Smith successfully transitioned from the restaurant and skateboard industries to owner and operator of Utopia Tire and Service.
Frisco, Colo.—Jason Smith admits that he knew very little about the tire business when he purchased Meadow Creek Tire two years ago. What he did see, however, was a business opportunity to create a unique retail experience that he now calls Utopia Tire and Service, a Nokian, Michelin and Hercules...
Instructor: Jim BurkeThis is NOT a “how-to” clinic on changing air valves & brake shoe repair.  We will discuss brake performance, failures, industry problems and solutions, and the future changes that will impact your business.   TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:Dual Air Brake SystemsAir CompressorsAir...
PIKES PEAK, COLORADO, SEPT 25, 2017:  Toyo Tires® presents Climbkhana the next generation of Ken Block’s wildly successful and award-winning Gymkhana series of viral videos. The all new concept is a hybrid of the driving showcased in the previous films, blended with a rally-road style attack on...
Total campaign donations benefit 60,000 Colorado students
DENVER (September 20, 2017) – Larry H. Miller Dealerships, with the support of customers and employees, collected $23,500 in school supplies during the 2017 “Stuff for Students” campaign. In partnership with 9News, Volunteers of America Colorado Branch (VOA) and other business partners, supplies...
Warrensville Heights, OH – Sheila Samuel and her brother Jeff Samuel have been named the 2017 CARSTAR Franchisee of the Year. Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes is proud to congratulate the owners of CARSTAR Ideal and CARSTAR Arvada, both located near Denver. “We are honored to receive this award...
From left: Shop Foreman Dave Shakeshaft, a recent staff addition, owner Al Anderson and General Manager Elise Igoe stand outside the rebranded business, The Auto Station, formerly Japanese Specialists, in Sheridan.
COLORADO Japanese Specialists in Sheridan has changed its name to The Auto Station. “In addition to being a brand specialist, we have branched out over the years to include all makes and models. Our name change to The Auto Station now reflects more closely our business model for our customers,”...
Rachel and Hank Quisenberry have experienced better-than-expected results at their Interstate Batteries distribution business in Denver. The couple purchased distribution rights three years ago.
Commerce City, Colo.—When Hank and Rachel Quisenberry were looking for a new business opportunity, the search was brief. Hank, a corporate Interstate Batteries employee, and Rachel, a realtor with an appetite for entrepreneurship, knew they wanted to be an independent U.S. distributor but were...
“Shops and insurance companies are all learning about this together. It’s an opportunistic time for all of us,” says Dan Stander, Fix Auto Highlands Ranch.
Littleton, Colo.—Vehicle pre- and post-scans are becoming increasingly recommended, if not required, by OEMs as documented in their numerous position statements released throughout the year and last. Shops have either embraced the process, have only just begun to dip their toes into the diagnostic...
You're invited to "Extreme Communication", the next course in the 2017/2018 Professional Business Series!  Space is going fast! This seminar, taught by Maylan Newton of ESi, will discuss having those difficult conversations you dread with employees, partners, vendors and family members. Although...
During a one-day safety check campaign, law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti-lock braking system (ABS) violations as part of CVSA’s Brake Safety Day, an annual outreach and...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.