From left: Mario Corral, Jonathan Cecil, and Abraham GilesChris Chesney updated attendees at Advance Auto Parts in Denver on upcoming changes and new training becoming available from CTI/WTI in 2019.The grant to America’s Kids Belong/ Dream Makers Program from LHM Charities will help fulfill dreams of more than 50 young people ages 16-25. Fulfilled dreams can be things such as vocational training and tuition support, and more.The renovation at Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs added one additional service door and more space to its upstairs and downstairs customer showrooms.

Mountain People & Places - January 2019


The annual ASA Colorado Summit is scheduled for Jan. 26 from 7 a.m.—5 p.m. at Lincoln College of Technology, 11194 E 45th Ave, Denver. The Summit offers networking opportunities and extensive training opportunities. The price for ASA members is $175 and $200 for non-members. Attendees can take advantage of the early bird rate of $150 by registering before Dec. 31. For more information, visit or call 720-605-9988.

Advance Auto Parts hosted its second annual “Giving Back” event at its Denver distribution center on Dec. 4. Attendees were given a brief presentation on new programs coming for TechNet shops and on upcoming initiatives for CTI/WTI by Chris Chesney, senior director, Customer Training at Advance Auto Parts. Dinner was provided free of charge and attendees built bicycles after the presentation which were donated to children in need.

ASA Colorado is seeking nominations for an honoree to receive its Lifetime Service Award at the annual Summit. The award is meant to recognize someone who has given back to ASA-CO and has had a lasting impact on the independent repair shop community. Nominations may be sent to or can be called in to Julie Massaro, ASA-CO executive director, at 303-202-5231.

Fifty-two automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 14, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE in Florida. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

The following Mountain Region technicians were recognized:

  • Mario Corral of Big O Tires, Las Cruces, N.M., was recognized as the ASE Automobile Technician of the Year.
  • Jonathan Cecil of Transwest Truck Trailer RV, Evans, Colo., was recognized as the Freightliner/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year  
  • Abraham Giles of Shortline Subaru, Aurora, Colo., was recognized as the Subaru University/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Larry H. Miller Dealerships conducted its “5 Weeks of Giving” holiday campaign throughout December at locations in Boulder, Colorado Springs and the Denver-metro area where employees and customers donated toys or other items for families in need. In partnership with the Boulder County Share-A-Gift, Denver Santa Claus Shop, Kids Crossing Angel Tree, Catholic Charities Marian House and Fort Carson Military Base, all gifts were distributed to families in time to celebrate the holidays. LHM employees also awarded financial grants up to $50,000 to five selected charities through the Larry H. Miller Charities nonprofit organization.

Steve Stadler has been promoted to parts manager at Empire Littleton Nissan. Stadler has worked in the automotive industry since 2001, mainly with Nissan, first as an apprentice technician before moving into parts management. He was promoted to parts manager at Empire Littleton Nissan in September 2018 and currently manages an inventory of $300,000, mainly mechanical parts.

Mercedes-Benz of Colorado Springs recently completed a renovation of the dealership showroom. The renovation also added a new service drive door to the facility and added additional showroom space to the dealerships basement level service drive. The dealership parts department did not expand but continues to hold approximately $800,000 inventory, according to parts manager, Tyler Guthrie.


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