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The Lou Fusz Automotive Network 30th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting  Lou Fusz Athletic will be held June 17, 2019 at the Whitmoor Country Club. We thank you for your interest in the event and look forward to having you! Lou Fusz Athletic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to youth development,...
First-place winner in the 2018 “Hit a Buck, Win Some Dough” contest is Jerry Kelly, here with Eric Montroy, painter; Charlie Cunningham, prep; Morgan Cavalier, body technician; Jadon Creamer, quality inspection; and Shawna Martin, vice president.
Sparta Collision Repair Facility has announce the winners of “Hit a Buck, Win Some Dough” contest. Overkill Custom Inc. runs the contest from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31 every year. “We try to make a bad experience a little fun for the customers. The top three insurance claims due to a deer hit receive...
John McShane, an SIU Automotive graduate and Automotive Cybersecurity expert with ETAS Inc., delivers the keynote address.
Carbondale, Ill.—The Automotive Department at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale recently hosted the Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association (ICAIA) conference on March 7-8, at the SIU Transportation Education Center. The 187,000-square-foot facility welcomed 157 secondary...
From left: Owner Lou Craven, Office Manager Carolyn Kozemczak, and Bryan Craven are refocusing DTI’s business model to incorporate ADAS service.
St. Peters, Mo.—Lou Craven, owner of DTI (Design Technology Inc.) has long been known as a pioneer in the diagnostics and programming community. His facility in St. Peters has been home to some of the most advanced diagnostics and technical training anywhere in the country, he says. As Craven...
MWACA President and Vision Co-founder Jerry Holcom discusses how Vision remains a cost-effective way to bring the whole shop for training.
Overland Park, Kan.—It’s no secret how important customer satisfaction is. “When the customer says, ‘I love doing business with you guys,’ that’s where the payoff comes from. That’s where the money comes from, that’s where the word-of-mouth comes from, and that’s where the forgiveness factor comes...
Dennis Carroll, owner of Don’s Body Shop in Overland, Mo., is celebrating his 40th year as owner.
Overland, Mo.—“Hey man, do you want to help me paint my car after work one day?” That question was the catalyst for a chain of events which would lead to a 45-year journey in the collision industry for Dennis Carroll, owner of Don’s Body Shop. Carroll is now celebrating his 40th year as a shop...
From left; Theo Eisenhut-Service Advisor, Doug Jacquot-Owner, Brian Balke-Technician, and Tom Rosales-Technician, of Jammin’ J Automotive, attended the Industry Professionals Reception at Vision.
The 27th annual Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo event at the Overland Park Convention Center, kicked off with Thursday morning training sessions and culminated with the “show within a show,” where exhibitors showcased diagnostic and other high-tech equipment. The main event Expo, held Friday...
Gladstone, Missouri – The Midwest Auto Care Alliance Technicians of Tomorrow Educational Foundation (MWACA TTEF), a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization, presented four $1,000 scholarships to vo-tech and college students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. The scholarship checks...
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area.
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area. The new location at 1051 Floyd Drive Suite 100 in Lexington will be open to customer walk-ins, over-the-phone ordering, fax orders and online ordering....
Owners of Gator Automotive, Karen Greenberg (pictured) and her husband, George Williams, opened their current location after evolving the business into a full-service repair facility.
Carbondale, Ill.—Karen Greenberg and her husband, George Williams, owners of Gator Automotive have brought their repair shop a long way since their modest beginnings pumping gas. At first, working on cars and selling tires was a way to supplement gas sales, but they soon realized that it would have...

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