River Valley People & Places - May 2019
Enterprise Fleet Management has announced five of its National Service Department (NSD) technicians have received the ASE World Class Technician designation. The most recent recipients are Account Managers Travis Guenzler and Jason Hodge, National Service Supervisor Ryan Egleston, and Service Advisor Amos Eaton. Customer Support Supervisor Kelley Hatlee was recognized with the award in 2017.
Stone Wheel’s Dan Renehan has been named National Pronto Association Executive Of The Year. The award was presented at the Automotive Parts and Services Group annual combined member meeting, March 12-15, at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Renehan, along with his siblings, own and operate Stone Wheel Inc. They have locations in four Midwestern states servicing customers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to St. Louis.
Cars and Coffee at Griffin Automotive Design, in Bonne Terre, Mo., will be on May 11. Everyone is encouraged to bring out their cars, trucks, and bikes to showcase. There will be cars, coffee, donuts, and time to meet other local car enthusiasts. They will be accepting donations for Brooke Bales, who is currently battling Leukemia. Bales is a 17-year-old junior at Central High School in Park Hills.
Automotive Distribution Network recently held its Spring Membership Meeting in St. Louis. The three-day event kicked off with a cocktail and dinner reception for the 151 attendees on the top floor of the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. Attendees included 41 shareholder companies and 27 key vendors. “This was a great event for our shareholders, staff and vendors,” said David Prater, president of the Network. “To a great degree, this is still a relationship business, and the time spent meeting with vendors during the afternoon discussing new programs and products was time well spent by all.”
Frisco Hill Auto in St. Louis will host its 2nd Annual Spring Car Show on May 11. All makes and models are welcomed to the “fun show” with no judging and is free to attend. It will have goodie bags for the first 50 people, raffle prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds and donations are supporting the ASPCA. Lunch will be served by local food truck 2 Girls 4 Wheels.
AASP-MO recently held an OSHA compliance course at Lewis & Clark Career Center in St. Charles, Mo. Jim Bratton from Interstate Safety and Environmental provided those in attendance with the latest OSHA regulations and information.
Women at Toyota Take Another STEP Ahead has been honored for leadership in manufacturing. Marie Kendrick, powertrain engineer for Toyota’s Bodine Aluminum, in Troy, Mo., and Renee Robertson, general manager of Production Control for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, were the recent winners from the area. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers. “At this time, when our industry sees a significant lack of women entering manufacturing careers, it is critical that we continue to encourage, empower and elevate today’s female leaders to inspire future generations. That is a mission that we take very seriously at Toyota,” said Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.
Complete Auto Body will be hosting a Cardinal Tailgating Party, May 11, to raise money for BackStoppers and Randen Jordan Hospital. The event will take place before the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game and will begin at 11:30 a.m. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact the Hazelwood location at 314-731-7999.
Fitz’z Service is the first I-CAR-qualified ADAS facility in St. Louis. They successfully completed and passed the most current ADAS training available to properly use ADAS, OEM and aftermarket calibration tools and processes. “We would like our customer base to think Fitz’z first when they have an ADAS need. We will go directly to our customer to pickup and return the vehicle as part of our overall customer-focused package.” Owner Chris Van Winkle also added, “Our mission is to ‘Create A Positive Experience For Our Customers,’ which means an efficient and accurate ADAS calibration every time.”
Bob Carmon with CBC and Company LLC passed away on April 6. He was best known in the collision industry as an independent appraiser.