Regional Coverage

Westin Automotive, in San Dimas, has named Bob West president and CEO. West has been with the company for 18 years, and held several key positions, including executive vice president for the past three years. West replaces David Sharp, who has retired after leading the company for 36 years. Elite,...
Cape Girardeau, Mo.—Advanced Automotive’s owner, Roger Austin, doesn’t look over his shoulder to see what his competition is doing, he’s looking ahead to determine areas of growth and differentiation. The shop’s average RO is $480, which has risen “considerably” over the past couple of years, a...
Burlingame, Calif.—When the owner of Tires Import/ European Motorsports, Michael Yee, started his business on tax day, 1988, he said it was strictly a tire shop, buying from seven tire warehouses. But today, only 9 percent of his business comes from tires, and he has no problem with that. “I grew...
Murrieta, Calif.—When Lee Amaradio opened his first body shop in Mission Viejo in 1979, he named it Faith Quality Auto Body, an expression of his deeply held religious beliefs, which he credits for much of his success. The Murrieta location opened in 1990 and, after four major remodeling projects,...
Campbell, Calif.—Cupertino Body Shop had only a brief tenure in the town it is named after, but has a long history in Campbell, where the business has been located for more than 40 years. “My dad started the business in Cupertino in 1968, but about six months later moved it to Campbell,” explained...
Poulsbo, Wash.—Most owners of collision repair facilities hail from that segment of the industry, but North Kitsap Auto Rebuild is a case in point that others can create a successful career when trained in other fields. Jim Sund is a prime example, as he rose through the enlisted ranks of the U.S....
NEVADA Dura-Bond, based in Carson City, announced the addition of Andre Moser as general sales manager. Recently he had been working as director of sales for the P-3 aviation specialty developing new products, writing technical manuals, and supervising domestic and international customer service....
Portland, Ore.—As someone with several degrees including an MBA, Rhonda Phillips understands the value of education. That’s led her to earn the I-CAR Gold Class designation for her shop, Courtesy Auto Body, in Southwest Portland. “It’s important for people to have education, whatever they do,” said...
Denver—Growing up, Scott Koldenhoven never intended to work in his family’s tire businesses. But as fate would have it, Koldenhoven is now one of the largest Big O Tire franchisees in the U.S., with a stake in 13 stores in Colorado and New Mexico. In a recent interview with Parts & People,...
Denver—George and Debbie Pepping, co-owners of Alpine Automotive, purchased the existing business in 1987 and decided not to rebrand, keeping the name the same, and signing on to uphold the reputation of a shop that has been serving Southwest Denver since the 1950s. New ownership left only one...

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