Regional Coverage

The 17th Annual Race for Automotive Education is planned for January 8, 9 & 10, 2019 at ProKart Indoor Racing, Burnsville, MN.  The event serves as the primary fundraiser for the AASP-MN Automotive Education Fund, which provides financial resources to support automotive students, enhance...
TIA VP Brian Rigney of Dill Air Controls  with CTDA board member Billy Eordekian at TIA meetings 2018
The California Tire Dealers Association will hold its annual CTDA - Federated New Year Luncheon hosted by 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels, on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at Geezers Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs, CA. “With continuing TIA and SEMA participation, the new year luncheon...
Gary Boesel, owner of CARSTAR Alpine in Aurora, Colo., and CARSTAR Jordan Road in Centennial, Colo., hoists his first-place trophy after the 3M Hire our Heroes 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Boesel posted the top speed of the event, 153.87 MPH, to take the honors.
ST. PAUL, MINN., (OCTOBER 31, 2018)­ When the tire smoke cleared and the final results tallied, Gary Boesel, owner of CARSTAR Alpine and CARSTAR Jordan Road took home the top honors with a fast time of 153.87 in the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500, outpacing representatives from top collision repair...
Each year at our annual Summit, ASA honors those who have given back to ASA and the community with a Lifetime Service Award. We are looking for your nominations for the individual who has had a lasting impact on the ASA Colorado and independent repair shop community. If you know someone who is...
Grace Robnett (right) shares her story of how she chose the collision repair program at Lewis and Clark Career Center. She has aspirations of painting for Boeing after graduation.
St. Charles, Mo.—WAC (Women in Auto and Collision), an industry group formed to create awareness of career opportunities, celebrated its first year at Lewis & Clark Career Center’s recent monthly membership meeting. Group leadership spoke with the school’s auto body program instructor,...
Technician Pedro Martinez (left) and Pedro DaSilva, lead technician, confer on a repair order with a smartphone, part of AutoTextMe’s paperless software.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.—Nelson Vargues, owner of Boulevard Auto Repair, said his father, Casimiro Vargues, and Mario Pontes, both Portuguese immigrants, opened Boulevard Mercedes-Benz in Encino in 1975, and five years later moved to its present 10,000-square-foot location in Sherman Oaks. A lot has...
Lincoln Tech will again serve as the venue for The Summit, offering attendees hands-on learning opportunities and the ability to network and recruit young talent, as well as speak with event exhibitors and sponsors.
Denver—ASA-CO will host its annual Summit, on Jan. 25-26, at TopGolf and Lincoln Tech, featuring a lineup of new speakers, topics, and prize giveaways to support the ASA-CO Scholarship Opportunity fund. It also will feature its first owners and managers’ leadership conference at Top Golf in...
Eric Gibson, owner of Fifth Gear Automotive, says he’s grown as an owner over the past two years.
Broomfield, Colo.—Having dreamt of owning his own shop for more than 20 years while working as an ASE Master-certified diesel technician in California, Eric Gibson finally pulled the trigger in January of 2017 when he bought Fifth Gear Automotive, an established shop in Broomfield, Colo., with a...
CTI’s Chris Chesney spoke to a crowd of more than 100 students and parents about career opportunities in the aftermarket.
Lincoln, Neb.— Southeast Community College along with MWACA-Lincoln Chapter and the CARQUEST Technical Institute (CTI) hosted a career expo that focused on high school students who might be pursuing careers in the automotive field. The students in attendance were from three Lincoln-area high...
Joint owners and brothers, Alberto (left) and Tomas Quiroz, started their second collision repair shop in 2015 and have grown so fast they recently invested in a plot of land where they’re building a new, 15,000-square-foot facility in Frederick, Colo.
Longmont, Colo.—Tomas and Alberto Quiroz immigrated to the U.S. to seek better lives for themselves, and soon found opportunity in the collision repair business. “My brother and I came to this country and my first job was a strawberry picker, so to have been able to achieve this kind of success has...

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