Regional Coverage

Alana Yates, a Contact Ministries resident and employed by Help at Home, became the owner of a 2007 Hyundai Entourage.
Jamie Smith, a single mother of two, and Alana Yates, a single mother of three, received vehicles in December through Zara’s Collision Center’s Benevolence Program. The vehicles were unwrapped during a luncheon ceremony of 150 attendees at Zara’s Collision Center, in Springfield, Ill. To be...
Precision Auto Body President Audrey Coletta has made recent investments in LED lighting, solar panels and an aluminum room.
Reseda, Calif.— Audrey Coletta had just recently assumed ownership of her father’s shop 13 years ago when a man walked in for an estimate. She gave him a shop tour, explained the repair process, and let him know they were highly experienced and trained. “About halfway through the tour, the guy...
James Tucci is now vice president of operations for Centric Parts’ Centric, Qualis, and StopTech divisions.
Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized last month at the annual ASE Fall Board of Governors awards banquet held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego. Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award went to Raymond Patterson, of Toyota Carlsbad, in Vista. Thirty-six...
From left: The front office staff at family-owned Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center includes Harout Papirian, Ani Papirian, Vatche Papirian, Mary Garabedian, Garry Papirian, and Jose Ramirez (seated).
Los Angeles—Garbis “Garry” Papirian, owner of Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center, has grown his business by following a simple philosophy with his customers and the people he works with. “People are everything,” he said. Anything you want, I will help you attain it. “That applies whether it’s a...
Norm Chapman was honored as the top automotive instructor by ASE and NATEF.
MONTANA Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 15, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE, including Steven Neiffer of Bergren Transmission & Auto Care in Havre. He was named the TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Technician of the Year during the awards banquet at the...
South African transplant Rian Conradie (right) opened Premier Collision Center with a customer-first business model that has served the shop well for 18 years. With him is Manager and Painter Shannon Cardinal.
Denver—In a sea of construction along Brighton Boulevard Corridor north of downtown Denver sits an unassuming body shop, Premier Collision, an AAA-approved shop and an AAA Insurance DRP. Despite changing surroundings, and an ever-evolving collision marketplace, Owner Rian Conradie has remained...
Jan. 22-25 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2018, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 25-28 * Semi-annual Retreat & Management Conference, ASA Northwest Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, Wash. Visit www.asanorthwest.com, or call 253-473-6970. Jan. 25-28 * Portland International Auto...
B.J. and Kim Berger took over ownership from Kim’s father, Bob Distler, in January of 2017.
Shiloh, Ill.—Located in the “backyard” of Scott Air Force Base is the small town of Shiloh, Ill., wherein lies Distler’s Automotive Repair. “We have quickly realized that servicemen and women love European cars. Being so close to the base has really helped drive our success,” said B.J. Berger, who...
Jeff Lovell of ASA Northwest says ATE will likely sell out by February.
Record attendance and enthusiasm at AAPEX and SEMA and the projections by the Auto Care Association that the auto care industry will reach $381 billion in value at the end of 2017 are indicators this past year was a healthy one for the repair and service industry. And the association, in its 55-...
Kraig Weninger says he’s proud of the quality work and service his family-run business offers its customers.
Portland, Ore.—Kraig Weninger said two of the tools getting increased use at his business, Si’s Auto Body, is the company’s AllData subscription and a Snap-on scanner. “Our goal is to go by the [vehicle] manufacturers’ recommendations,” Weninger said of the shop’s repair decisions. “With AllData,...

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