Regional Coverage

Co-owners Mary Oliver and Steve Springer are opening their third location in Sunnyvale to expand their foot print in Silicon Valley.
Sunnyvale, Calif.—A pair of Fix Auto USA franchise partners since 2011, co-owners Mary Oliver and Steve Springer have been watching their business steadily grow. By adding their third location in Sunnyvale recently, they’re confident they will be able to emulate the success that they’ve already...
David Lang is the Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.
David Lang, of Independent Vehicle Service, in Albuquerque, N.M., was recognized as the Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the ASE in San Diego. Lang was among 47 other automotive professionals who were recognized. The annual awards banquet...
Industry veteran Philip Eickmann (right) purchased Parker Automotive last summer.  Eickmann and his manager, Adam Civilla, have laid the groundwork for aggressive growth over the next four years.
Parker, Colo.—When Philip Eickmann went to work for Gary Hansen at Parker Automotive, he secretly intended to purchase the shop someday. Two years later, Eickmann popped the question to Hansen and his wife, Karen, over dinner, and within 12 months, he found himself at the helm. “It took some...
Brian Stevens, of Truck Center Companies Omaha, in Gretna, Neb., is the Freightliner/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year.
Three Midwesterners were among 47 automotive professionals recognized in November at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the ASE in San Diego. Brian Stevens, of Truck Center Companies Omaha, in Gretna, Neb., is the Freightliner/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year; Pronto...
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...
Spiteri’s Auto Service is among the winners of the “Top 10 Websites Contest.”
Spiteri’s Auto Service, of Belmont, Calif., is among the winners of the “Top 10 Websites Contest” by ASA’s AutoInc. magazine. The site, carsupport.com, was selected from more than 130 submissions. The goal is to help other shops employ the internet as a powerful tool and show them how other shop...
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...
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...
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,...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Pacific Auto Company, a leading distributor of automotive body and cooling parts, recently earned automotive parts distributor certification from NSF International for its California locations in North Hollywood, Ontario, Orange and Paramount. Pacific Auto Company’s South El...

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