Regional Coverage

Vail, Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) has named its 2014 “Vendor Of The Year” and “Representative Of The Year” at the company’s Awards Dinner during EPWI’s 28th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 6. More than 100 channel partners were in attendance, who also...
Tacoma, Wash.—For more than 40 years, R.E. Auto Electric has been serving the needs of several industries as well as retail customers, said Linda Sternbeck, operations manager at the 3,500-square-foot facility. The business became the first division of Kent-based Romaine Electric, a group that...
COLORADO FinishMaster of Colorado hosted its 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Omni Interlocken Resorts Golf Club on Wednesday, July 22. More than 122 customers, strategic vendor partners, employees, insurance company personnel and guests participated in the event. Manufacturers and vendor...
IDAHO      NAPA AutoTech will present Diagnostics Specialist classes on Sept. 14, in Nampa at the College of Western Idaho and on Sept. 17, in Sandpoint at the Holiday Inn. To register, contact Aaron Randall at 509-280-3891. OREGON      After serving 11 years as executive director of the Portland-...
Overland Park, Kan.—High goals and high standards set Paul Eilenberger apart. While in school, Eilenberger set the ambitious goal to own his own shop by the age of 30. He accomplished that goal at 27, with Eilenberger’s Automotive, in Overland Park, Kan., in 1996. “I had a lot help from my parents...
Des Moines, Iowa—Since July 1, 2010, ignition interlock devices (IID) have been required for all convicted drunk drivers in a four-county (Tulare, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Alameda) pilot program. “California’s ignition interlock program for people convicted of driving under the influence is one...
Kansas City, Mo.—An operational change, with some assistance from his paint supplier, was just what Eric Heinen, body shop manager at Cadillac, Buick, GMC dealership Conklin Fangman Kansas City, needed when almost overnight his department’s daily business volume more than doubled, and often tripled...
San Jose, Calif.—One of the biggest automotive mysteries to the average person is the electrical system, Kurt Duncan, co-owner of Kurt’s Electric & Repair, said. That’s why his original focus was electric wiring repair and fabrication when he and his wife, Kristie, opened the shop in 1989. “I...
KANSAS On July 25, Craig Van Batenburg, owner of Auto Career Development Center (ACDC), led an all-day hybrid and electric vehicle training class for technicians and trainers across the Midwest. The live, on-car class, hosted by AE Tools in Olathe, focused on advanced hybrid training on all makes...
Irvine, Calif.—In Patrick Dorais’ view, a lot has been accomplished in his two years as Chief of California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), overseeing licensing, enforcement, administration of the Smog Check Program and other operational matters. In an interview with Parts & People at the...

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