Regional Coverage

CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini provided welcoming remarks.
Las Vegas—The CAWA annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, raised money (amount undetermined as of press time) for CAWA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event was sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America and 125 people attended The keynote speaker of the evening...
Bob Lanphere Sr. died Oct. 12. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Lenz )
ALASKA Car-O-Liner, a leading global provider of collision equipment to the automotive aftermarket, has announced that Cronquist Equipment, based in Anchorage, is now a distributor for Car-O-Liner equipment throughout the state. Owned by Tim Cronquist, who has 16 years of PBE jobber experience,...
 Ira Newman, ASCCA Chapter 48 coordinator, explains plans to have a series of free training at a shop convenient to all members. (Photo by Dick DeLoach)
ASCCA Chapter 48 held a shop night, Oct. 21, at Brea Auto Body, in Brea, owned by Chapter 48 members, the Piña family, including chapter president, Denise Piña. The event attracted more than 40 chapter members and guests and included a free taco bar, and a raffle with prizes provided by Brea Auto...
The Auto International Association (AIA) has changed its name to the Import Vehicle Community.
NATIONAL The Auto International Association (AIA), a segment of the Auto Care Association, announced it has changed its name to the Import Vehicle Community. For more than a year, the segment’s leadership conducted an extensive rebranding initiative, culminating in the formal name change...
Adam and Sarah Vowell are the newest Colorado franchisees for Christian Brothers Automotive. They opened their Parker shop in August after relocating from Houston.
Houston—Back in 2008, Texas-based Christian Brothers Automotive officials had an interest in expanding their repair-shop franchise base to Denver, predicting a continued population increase for the largest city in the Rocky Mountain region. As it turns out, their market analysis was accurate:...
Vice President Daniel Razumovsky says GreenTec Auto plans to expand its service offerings in the next five years and is currently conducting R&D to produce a lithium ion battery pack replacement for the Toyota Prius.
Rancho Cordova, Calif.—Daniel Razumovsky, vice president of GreenTec Auto, a hybrid battery remanufacturer, regularly receives calls from independent aftermarket repair shops asking him to explain battery-related failure codes on hybrid vehicles. And he’s willing to help, within reason. “It took me...
Byron Brown has been named vice president and sales manager of Central Motive Power Inc., a parts and service facility for diesel turbo chargers and injectors.  Behind him is a Bosch flow-test bench for diesel injectors housed at the Denver location. (Photo by Michael Anderson)
COLORADO ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s featured keynote...
After his first year at the helm of Wright’s Automotive, Owner John Bridgwater says car counts are up and he’s on his way to fulfilling his goal of becoming a multiple-shop operator within the next decade.
San Leandro, Calif.—John Bridgwater, owner of Wright’s Automotive Service, is on the clock, as he puts it, to fulfill his 10-year plan for becoming a multiple-shop owner. This January will mark Bridgwater’s one-year anniversary as the owner of Wright’s Automotive - the first shop he’s owned in his...
Exact Performance Owner Ben Bennett (l.) and Service Manager Dillon Rath, Bennett’s son-in-law, have expanded the business from its Lexus roots to include other Japanese makes.
Mission, Kan.—After several years as service manager of a local Lexus dealership, Ben Bennett struck out on his own in March 1998 with the relatively new niche of providing a “dealership alternative” for service and repair of Lexus cars. Over the years, Exact Performance has expanded to include all...
Lorenzo Avila says a background in the high-tech industry helps him bring new ideas and processes to the collision business.
Fremont, Calif.—Lorenzo Avila and Norberto Salas see themselves as in the “safety” business as much as the “collision repair” business. “You have to do a repair thinking about the safety of the passengers,” said Avila, who along with Salas operates two Luxe Collision locations in the Bay Area. “I...

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