ASA-CO Chairman Brad Pellman and Campus President Kelly Moore present scholarships to Kyle Martin (left, center) and Kevin Gayton (right, center).Nissan has provided ACC with a Sentra and Titan for instructional use.Inland Truck Parts and Service has acquired Fast & Easy Services in Grand Junction, Colo.Bestop has acquired Boulder-based Softopper.ASA Colorado Executive Director Julie Massaro accepts the ASA 2019 Chapter of the Year award from ASA Executive Director Ray Fisher.CREF has launched a sponsorship program to provide Warren Tech funds for new flooring in its collision repair program.Bruce Klug has died after a long battle with cancer.

Mountain People & Places - July 2019


Members of ASA Colorado recently presented two $2,000 scholarships to two students at Lincoln Tech as part of its Summit program. Receiving scholarships were Kevin Gayton, Automotive Service Management, who has a 4.0 grade and 96.7 percent attendance, and Kyle Martin, Automotive Technology with Audi, 3.98 grade, 99.9 percent attendance.

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting has announced that franchise owner Jeff Schultz has opened a new center at 2101 1st Street NW, in Albuquerque, N.M. It is the second Maaco center to open in Albuquerque this year, the first one at 6147 Zuni Road SE opened in January and is also owned by Schultz. “Opening an independent business is a big risk, but franchises give you plenty of support,” Schultz said.

Nissan North America has provided a 2018 Sentra and a 2017 Titan to the Arapahoe Community College (ACC) Automotive Service Technology program for instructional use. “Our sincere gratitude to Nissan USA for these vehicles and the accompanying tools,” said Doc Viola, interim department chair of the ACC Auto Tech program. “Students in our Nissan Technician Training Academy (NTTA) will benefit tremendously from this generosity.” For more information about the ACC Auto Tech program, contact Christi Maes at or 303-797-5846.

Inland Truck Parts and Service has entered into the full service truck repair business in Grand Junction, Colo., with the acquisition of Fast & Easy Services. The Inland location relocated to its new facility earlier this year in order to expand and upgrade the component shop and create the capacity for the addition of a truck repair business. The new driveline and component shops offer multiple services, including on-site repair and remanufacturing of transmissions and differentials, drivelines, PTO and hydraulics, suspension, and more. All services are done inhouse to expedite turnaround times and control quality. The new location features 14 service bays that complement the component shop and broad parts offering.

Bestop Premium Accessories Group, located in Louisville, Colo., has acquired Softopper in Boulder. The company specializes in convertible soft tops for pickup trucks and Jeeps. “Softopper is a perfect addition to the Bestop Premium Accessories Group family,” said Bestop CEO John Larson. “The light-duty pickup truck market is booming, and Softopper compliments our Supertop for truck product line.”

ASA Colorado has been recognized by ASA National as the 2019 Chapter of the Year. It was awarded the honor based on ASA Colorado’s quality of educational programming and innovative offerings for its members.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) has launched a program this summer to provide WarrenTech in Lakewood, Colo., funds for new flooring. CREF is seeking a local sponsor to provide the needed $6,220 flooring cost. Warren Tech is among 100 collision repair schools across the country that CREF and sponsors are seeking to aid. The freshly refinished floors will increase the professional appearance of school collision programs, helping to attract students to careers in the collision industry. Interested parties can contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at (312) 231-0258 or

The second annual 2019 ASA Colorado Golf “Fore” ASA Green Tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 7, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, in Broomfield. In addition to the four-player golf scramble for all abilities, there will be contests, prizes, relationship building and networking opportunities. Golf, cart, range balls, breakfast, lunch and prizes are included. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Julie Massaro at or 303-202-5231.

Capital Paint and Refinish will have its inaugural golf tournament, Aug. 9, at the Mariana Butte Golf Course in Loveland, Colo. In addition to a round of golf for customers and vendors, there will be numerous prizes and an awards luncheon afterward. To learn more and to register, visit Questions can be directed to Scott Kingsbury at 303-929-9488 or



Bruce Klug, parts specialist at Red Noland Cadillac, in Colorado Springs, who recently celebrated 50 years in the industry, has died, June 2, after a long battle with cancer. Klug’s first dealership job was in 1968 at a Pontiac GMC dealership in the Chicago suburbs, since then he has managed parts departments, worked at dealership sales departments, fixed operations manager, service advisor, and parts counter sales domestic and foreign. His most experience has been with General Motors. Klug worked at Red Noland for 5 years, where he was a parts consultant and administrative assistant to Parts Manager Stew Harding. His wife and partner for 48 years stated his greatest accomplishment was raising three children. He also leaves behind six grandchildren.




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