Regional Coverage

Each year at our annual Summit, ASA honors those who have given back to ASA and the community with a Lifetime Service Award. We are looking for your nominations for the individual who has had a lasting impact on the ASA Colorado and independent repair shop community. If you know someone who is...
Grace Robnett (right) shares her story of how she chose the collision repair program at Lewis and Clark Career Center. She has aspirations of painting for Boeing after graduation.
St. Charles, Mo.—WAC (Women in Auto and Collision), an industry group formed to create awareness of career opportunities, celebrated its first year at Lewis & Clark Career Center’s recent monthly membership meeting. Group leadership spoke with the school’s auto body program instructor,...
Eric Gibson, owner of Fifth Gear Automotive, says he’s grown as an owner over the past two years.
Broomfield, Colo.—Having dreamt of owning his own shop for more than 20 years while working as an ASE Master-certified diesel technician in California, Eric Gibson finally pulled the trigger in January of 2017 when he bought Fifth Gear Automotive, an established shop in Broomfield, Colo., with a...
Jeremiah Curtis, owner of Bodacious Diesel, and “Santa” Bill, chat as Santa takes the wheel of his new truck for the first time.
Golden, Colo.—Bill Lee, or perhaps better known as “Santa” Bill, a beloved local Santa impressionist and owner of Laughing Valley Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colo., where he keeps reindeer and other livestock, received a Christmas gift of his own this year. Jeremiah Curtis, owner of Bodacious Diesel,...
Lincoln Tech will again serve as the venue for The Summit, offering attendees hands-on learning opportunities and the ability to network and recruit young talent, as well as speak with event exhibitors and sponsors.
Denver—ASA-CO will host its annual Summit, on Jan. 25-26, at TopGolf and Lincoln Tech, featuring a lineup of new speakers, topics, and prize giveaways to support the ASA-CO Scholarship Opportunity fund. It also will feature its first owners and managers’ leadership conference at Top Golf in...
Joint owners and brothers, Alberto (left) and Tomas Quiroz, started their second collision repair shop in 2015 and have grown so fast they recently invested in a plot of land where they’re building a new, 15,000-square-foot facility in Frederick, Colo.
Longmont, Colo.—Tomas and Alberto Quiroz immigrated to the U.S. to seek better lives for themselves, and soon found opportunity in the collision repair business. “My brother and I came to this country and my first job was a strawberry picker, so to have been able to achieve this kind of success has...
CTI’s Chris Chesney spoke to a crowd of more than 100 students and parents about career opportunities in the aftermarket.
Lincoln, Neb.— Southeast Community College along with MWACA-Lincoln Chapter and the CARQUEST Technical Institute (CTI) hosted a career expo that focused on high school students who might be pursuing careers in the automotive field. The students in attendance were from three Lincoln-area high...
Eveland Bros. President Bill (right) and Vice President Mark Eveland were early adopters of OEM certification programs, dating back to 2004.
Shawnee Mission, Kan.—Three years ago, General Motors CEO Mary Barra predicted that because of advanced complexity, the automotive industry would change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50. For Bill Eveland, president of Eveland Bros. Collision Repair Center, that...
Scott Brown (right) says a person that holds a VSC is now called a vehicle security professional.
El Cajon, Calif.—A report from the ASCCA Connected Cars Committee, comprised of ASCCA member shops and National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board members, was part of the association’s first-ever Connected Cars training session at its recent Team Weekend. “Traditional service...
ASE-certified Master Technician John Bradley enters data on the tablet version of the Repair Shop Solutions digital inspection system now in use at Tom’s Automotive Repair in Seattle.
While digital inspections have been widely used by the collision repair industry for some time, the mechanical segment has adopted the process more recently. From perspectives obtained from repair shops in the region, it appears that the systems being used are efficient and well liked by customers...

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