Brian Bates, of Eagle Automotive Service, received the NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year award.Arapahoe Community College has received a donated 2012 Dodge Durango from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.ESi’s Maylan Newton presents at a recent ASA Colorado training event, “Successful Self Managing Teams.” (Photo by Rob Merwin)

Mountain People & Places - February 2018


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 overall performance. Then David M Lapps Award went to Brian Greenley, of Littleton, Colo.; Maaco Milestone award were also presented Greenley, Joe Ambuul, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ron and Judy Vogel, Denver; Russell Gurr, Lakewood, Colo.; Jim and Jaime Powell, Commerce City, Colo.; and Adam and Leslie Dennis, Denver, who also were 2017 Regional Cup winners, Western region.

Brian Bates, of Eagle Automotive Service, in Littleton, received the first NAPA AutoCare Center of the Year award. Bates has served as a president of the local NAPA Autocare Business Development group, served on the national AutoCare council with the president and directors of NAPA Auto Parts, and is proud of his team’s achievements in becoming an AAA auto repair certified and holding a BBB A+ rating since the inception of the grading system in 2007.

David Fitzgerald is the new general manager at Farland Classic Restoration. Fitzgerald is a long-time customer, as well as a restoration expert on previous projects, has one of the more unique car collections in the region, and has extensive experience.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has donated a 2012 Dodge Durango to the MOPAR Career Automotive Program (MCAP) at Arapahoe Community College. “The 2012 Durango will be a tremendous asset for our students and program,” said Jerry Viola, director of Automotive Technology at ACC.  “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is a highly-valued industry partner, and we appreciate the continued generosity and support.”

Maylan Newton, of ESi, recently presented “Succesful Self Managing Teams, sponsored by ASA Colorado at Kenz & Leslie BG Training Center in Wheatridge, Colo. Newton concentrated on helping shop owners build a business that is self-sustainable and will thrive and prosper with effective management in place. “If you have to micromanage, then you have the wrong staff,” he said. “If you feel you need to go to the shop because it will fail otherwise, then your business will have much less value when it’s time to sell it.”


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