Regional Coverage

Although a biology major in college, Meissner decided to pursue the automotive business.
Palo Alto, Calif.—Kurt Meissner found himself in an unenviable position in 2011. His father, Gary, who owned Meissner Automotive in Palo Alto, was diagnosed with advanced cancer and passed away seven weeks later. Although a biology major in college at the time, Meissner decided to pursue the...
 Mark Simons (center), pictured with Lakewood Service Adviser Mario Speer and Service Manager Kassandra Lane, says he supplies his staff with the best tools and processes available for them to succeed.
Lakewood, Wash.-When Mark Simons realized his shop management system was phasing out, he began looking for alternatives, eventually landing with Protractor in 2012. “We wanted a system that would house the data and contacts for both of our shops and Protractor was the best fit for us. Later on, we...
Sitting on their ’61 Cadillac couch, Owner Pat Cox (left) and Service Manager Brett Ingram offer customers a “hip feel” at KC AutoWorX.
Kansas City, Mo.—Although he might often ride inches off the ground in his LS-powered ’54 Chevy two-door sedan, Pat Cox, owner of KC AutoWorX, knows that automotive repair is not usually a fun expense. It’s one for which most people don’t budget, and worse, some may have had bad previous...
EMPI CFO/COO Todd Tyler (left) and general manager of sales Jesse Hardin show off the company’s project Volkswagen Beetle. Air-cooled VWs remain the company’s “bread-and-butter.”
Anaheim, Calif.—Air-cooled Volkswagens have long-enjoyed a vibrant automotive aftermarket, and for good reason. There were a lot of them to keep running, with more than 21 and a half million of just one model, the iconic Beetle, sold around the world from its first production in 1949 to the final...
Owners Lonny Childress (left) and Jason Childress made a career out of racing monster trucks in the 1990s, but their passion for restoring Mustangs inspired them to open Gateway Classic Mustang. They built Sammy Hagar a 1967 Mustang (above) with a custom handling package and a 560-HP Roush fuel-injected 427-IR motor.
Bourbon, Mo.—Jason and Lonny Childress have always been passionate about anything with a motor, especially Mustangs, of which they both owned and worked on growing up on the family horse farm. The Childress’ had made a career out of racing monster trucks for the likes of Team Bigfoot and Bearfoot...
Hai Cao (left), owner of Diamond Hills Collision Center, and Henry Oviedo (center), director of operations, with Anita Hernandez, customer service rep, are committed to providing customers with OEM-quality repair work.
Orange, Calif.— Hai Cao, who began his career at Seidner’s Collision as an estimator and became a general manager, drew on that experience before opening Diamond Hills Collision Center in upscale Diamond Bar in 2011. And, he already had a long-range growth plan in mind. “I wanted to position the...
Chris Van Winkle spent 34 years as an executive manager for a Fortune 500 automotive supply chain and logistics company before he and his wife, Sharon, acquired Fitz’z Service in 2017.
St. Louis—Chris Van Winkle, along with his wife, Sharon, were looking for a business investment opportunity back in 2017. Multiple avenues and countless hours of research led them to Fitz’z Service, where they had heard the previous owner was looking to sell. “We met with the owners and decided...
Lincoln Tech Academic Dean Dwayne Isbell has been upgrading the school’s programs for more than two years. He says Instructor Kat Vandam has been instrumental in bringing PPG on board.
Denver—The Lincoln Tech Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program is nearing its seventh anniversary, during which time the school has striven to provide a high-quality education using industry-leading equipment and products. “One of the largest transitions in our industry is waterborne...
Owners Louie and Laura Cohn said this 1949 Cadillac has been a longterm restoration project at D&L Restoration.
Lynnwood, Wash.—D&L Restoration has experienced growth, a major move, as well as business development issues over the past 10 years, but owners Louie and Laura Cohn are pleased with what the company has accomplished in its niche market. “When we purchased the business, there were few business...
The 2018 Sherwin-Williams calendar features a 2018 Ford Mustang (May) and a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup (November) both painted by Erick Gonzalez.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing a full year of vehicle designs. “The talent of Sherwin-Williams customers really came through in the submissions for this year’s calendar,” said Rob Mowson, marketing vice president for Sherwin-Williams. “This...

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