Jarred Black, general manager, Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder, presented a check for $10,000 to the Play Boulder Foundation on June 26.Wes McMullen has retired from Larry’s Auto Body in Fort Morgan after 30 years.Sandy Blalock was appointed executive director of CAR in June.

Mountain People & Places - August 2018


Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Bridgestone Americas announced that TireHub LLC, a joint venture in passenger and light truck tire distribution, began serving customers the first week of July. TireHub will provide U.S. tire dealers and retailers with a comprehensive range of passenger and light truck tires, with an emphasis on satisfying the rapidly growing demand for larger rim diameter premium tires. TireHub will combine Goodyear’s company-owned wholesale distribution network with Bridgestone-owned Tire Wholesale Warehouse (TWW). The mountain region features two locations in Colorado and New Mexico each.

Diesel Forward has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of Central Motive Power (CMP), including its three locations in Denver, Pueblo and Albuquerque, with the anticipated close date being mid-August. Both companies distribute diesel engine parts for Bosch, Stanadyne, Denso, Delphi, Alliant Power, BorgWarner, Garrett and Holset. Bob Breunig, president of Diesel Forward, Inc., said, “CMP customers can depend on the same personal relationships they have experienced in the past. Customers will continue dealing with the same people and can expect the same quality service they rely on.”

The following Coloradan students took home medals from the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference, held June 25-29, in Louisville, Ky: Collision Damage Appraisal/High School, Jared Arfsten, Career Start Colorado Springs, Silver; Collision Damage Appraisal/College, Michael Kunkle, Aims Community College-Windsor, Greely, Silver; Collision Repair Technology/High School, Abagayle Boden, Aims Community College-Windsor, Bronze; Automotive Refinishing Technology/High School, Elmer Hernandez, Pickens Technical College, Aurora, Gold; Automotive Service Technology/HS, Ian Gregor, Doherty HS, Colorado Springs, Silver. More than 16,000 students, teachers, and industry partners were in attendance at the event that provided hands-on skills contests in 100 various trade, technical, and leadership fields.

CARSTAR Colorado Business Group was the title sponsor for Thunder on the Mountain at Bandimere Speedway on June 16 for the fifth year in a row. CARSTAR sponsored the “Pit Stop Challenge,” where fans were timed changing tires on race cars, and the new CARSTAR Challenge Race in which eight people from the crowd were chosen for a single elimination race on the quarter-mile drag strip in Christopher’s Dodge World Dodge Challengers.

New car and light truck registrations in Colorado increased by 30.8 percent in April 2018. According to registration data compiled by Experian Automotive for the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 19,253 new cars and light trucks were registered in April 2018 vs. 14,724 in April 2017. Used vehicle registrations were up 11.8 percent in April 2018.

Larry H. Miller Toyota Boulder, with support from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., presented a $10,000 check to the Play Boulder Foundation on Tuesday, June 26. The donation will help support the launch of the organization’s PLAYPass program by providing scholarships to culturally and economically diverse youth that will allow them access Boulder’s recreational spaces. The PLAYPass program will provide support for registration costs, transportation and equipment through awarded scholarships. In the first year of the program, Play Boulder Foundation will award 100 PLAYPass scholarships equaling $250 per child.

ASA Colorado will host the 1st Annual Golf ASA Green Tournament on Sept. 16, from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at The Homestead Golf Course, 11500 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood, CO 80227. The event will include golf, contests, prizes, relationship building & networking opportunities. Early Bird Registration ends Aug. 31. The price is $110 per player. After Aug. 31 - $125 per player. For more information visit asacolorado.org/events

Wes McMullen recently announced his retirement from Larry’s Auto Body in Fort Morgan, where he worked for three decades. McMullen’s family members and co-workers held a surprise party for him at the Jaycee building on June 23, in Brush, to celebrate his long career.  “I never really felt like it was work. If you want to be good at something, you have to have a passion for it; you have to really enjoy it. I can tell you that there was never a day that I woke up and didn’t want to go to work,” McMullen said. 

Sandy Blalock was appointed as the executive director of Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) in June. Former owner of CAPO Truck & Auto Parts in Albuquerque, N.M., Blalock now manages six state associations for New Mexico, Utah, Indiana, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Colorado. She is also the acting Interim CEO of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and has served as president of the Executive Committee of ARA and the ARA Educational Foundation. CAR Board President and owner of A-1 Auto & Truck Recyclers, Rich Murr, wrote that Blalock’s hiring will take CAR in a new direction and foster relationships with neighboring associations in the Four Corners states and beyond.

The Schomp Automotive Group acquired the Subaru, Hyundai and Mazda franchises from Aurora-based Shortline Automotive Group in June. The company adds the nameplates to its Honda, BMW and MINI franchises in the Denver metro area. Brian Briscoe, vice president of Schomp’s Aurora operations, will oversee the new locations.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts announced the recipients of 12 $2,500 tuition scholarships on behalf of its Garage Gurus technical education network, presented to students enrolled in accredited post-secondary automotive technology schools. The company has awarded $120,000 in tuition support to future automotive service professionals over the past four consecutive years. One scholarship winner Miguel Perez, studying to become a technician at New Mexico Junior College said, “I entered the contest hoping that someone would pay attention to my story and help me finish college. I hope to receive all my certifications and become an expert in electrical, and this scholarship will go a long way to aiding me in achieving this goal.”

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