An instructor at the new Falcon Academy mentors a student in training. The Clear The Air Foundation awarded Rianna Voss a $2,500 scholarship to continue to pursue her goal of becoming an ASE Master-certified technician after graduating from Front Range Community College.

Mountain People & Places - October 2018

ASA-CO will host its “Managing Shop Workflow” training seminar at Western Community College in Grand Junction on Oct. 16-17, from 6–9:30 p.m. The seminar will explore industry best practices related to technician efficiency, communication and quality control and be instructed by Greg Marchand.

Collision Safety Consultants has announced the opening of its 18th location in Denver. “Owner Saul Reisman will do diminished value reports, perform post collision repair inspections and total loss vehicle valuations,” said Billy Walkowiak, founder and CEO of Collision Safety Consultants. “Saul will be an advocate working with lawyers, body shops, vehicle owners and automotive dealerships. He will also help like-minded shops to improve quality control by advising them, as well as helping them locate and perform proper repair procedures.”

Capital Paint and Refinish and BASF Automotive Solutions will host two training seminars, one in Denver on Oct. 3, and one in Fort Collins on Oct. 2. The seminars will cover the increasing influence of OEMs on collision repair and changes in the collision repair industry including shop number and size, vehicle technology, development and growth of OEM networks, and the evolving claims process. Keynote speaker at both seminars will be Jeff Wildman, OEM & Industry Relations at BASF Automotive Solutions. RSVP for the Denver course by calling 303-929-9488 and the Fort Collins course by calling 970-420-4265.

Caliber Collision has announced its “Changing Lanes” Falcon Academy in Colorado Springs. “Changing Lanes” is a training program for Ft. Carson soldiers nearing the completion of their military service to learn skills for a career in the collision repair industry. Participants receive free training, certification and employment opportunities prior to transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces. Successful participants receive employment offers at Caliber Collision locations throughout Colorado and nationwide. Each graduate will also receive a $12,000 toolbox. To apply for the training program, visit

AAA Colorado forecasts that the gas price average in Colorado will drop to $2.70 per gallon this fall, with even steeper savings possible. Several outliers could reverse this forecast, including the price of crude oil, geopolitical tensions, and an active hurricane season, but it is unlikely any related spike in gas prices will affect Colorado, which draws its crude oil and petroleum primarily from Wyoming, Texas, and Kansas.

The Clear The Air Foundation awarded Front Range Community College student, Rianna Voss, a $2,500 scholarship for exemplifying a can-do attitud. Voss is working full time for Pederson Volvo while going to school and will join the apprenticeship program at Pederson to work toward her ASE Master-certified technician after graduation.

Brian and Chad Cunningham, Big O Tires multi-store owners in Colorado, were among the recipients of the 2017 Franchisees of the Year at its annual convention in San Antonio. The top 40 stores, based on numerical results, are eligible for the award. “The Franchisee of the Year program allows us to recognize franchisees that are performing in their stores as well as making an impact in their local communities,” said John Kairys, vice president and general manager of Big O Tires.

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