Mountain People & Places - February 2019
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis directed state agencies to develop policies encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles in the state, including a Zero Emission Vehicle program adopted by California, in January after assuming office. The remaining $68 million received from Volkswagen’s diesel emissions penalty are being planned to fund a vehicle-charging infrastructure and expand use of emissions-free trucks and buses. The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) voiced opposition to the EV mandate, saying residents have many choices for clean vehicles.
Four soldiers from Fort Carson graduated from Caliber Collision’s Changing Lanes Falcon Academy, armed with a $12,000 toolbox, a secure employment offer and new career in the fast-growing collision repair industry. Changing Lanes is a free training program for Fort Carson soldiers nearing the completion of their military service to learn skills for a successful new career in the collision repair industry. Participants in the 18-week program receive ceMT-PnPrtification and employment opportunities prior to transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces. Caliber Collision expects to train 300 soldiers per year through Changing Lanes.
A 1964 Chevrolet Nova, painted by Brandon Coddington and Frank Moesch, of Dave’s Hot Rod Shop in Berthoud, Colo., is on the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes 2019 shop calendar for the month of July. “The talent of Sherwin-Williams customers really came through in the submissions for this year’s calendar,” said Rob Mowson, marketing vice President for Sherwin-Williams. “From the deep blue metallics on John and Chris Leso’s 1933 Ford to the astonishing detail on Brandon Coddington and Frank Moesch’s 1964 Nova, this calendar represents the state of our industry today.”
ASA Colorado honored two past board members and past presidents in January. ASA Colorado Chairman Brad Pellman presented plaques to Steve Horvath (left) of Jeno’s Auto Repair and Dennis Brewster (right) of Extreme Auto Repair for their longtime service with ASA Colorado at Horvath’s shop in Littleton, Colo.
Nissan North America has made a $10,000 donation to the Arapahoe Community College Automotive Service Technology program. “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Nissan North America for their generosity,” said Jerry Viola, director of the ACC Auto Tech program. “Our students will benefit tremendously from the resources and training made available by this gift.”
David Stribling is the recipient of the 2018 RMR-Porsche Club of America “Anita Moyle Memorial Distinguished Driver Award.” Named for club member Anita Moyle, the award is given annually for excellence in on-track high performance driving and teaching high performance driving. Stribling is the service manager for Prestige Imports Porsche|Audi in Lakewood, Colo.
Glen Culbertson, the founder of CounterWorks, computer systems for the aftermarket, passed away on Jan. 7. He was 86. Culbertson, along with Pete Kornafel, Art Lotus, and Lou Parillo founded CounterWorks in 1982. Counterworks has served more than 1,000 jobber sites throughout the automotive aftermarket during the last 35 years. He was the chief architect and head programmer until 1997, when he retired, though he still remained an active part in the company. His sons, Dave and Matt Culbertson, maintain his legacy and continue to run the business.
“I started working with Glen 30 years ago, the thing that I remember best about Glen is that no matter what we asked of the software he always found a way to get it done,” Brad Cowen, president of Counterworks and director at Autowares, said. “He treated everyone like family, I will miss his insight and the pleasure of a margarita over dinner with him and Joan. He passed on his attitude, vision, and ingenuity to everyone he touched. He will be greatly missed.”