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Melanie Allan, CAA L.A. and Orange County chapters president, and vice president of sales at Craftsman Collision USA in Long Beach, welcomes attendees and leads the pledge of allegiance before introducing the featured speakers. The next meeting of the chapters is May 2, at Craftman Collision USA, 3250 E Airport Way, Long Beach.
Anaheim, Calif.— A presentation on the necessity of vehicle scanning in the collision repair process was the course du jour at a recent dinner during a California Autobody Association (CAA) Southern California meeting. “The auto body and collision repair industry is at a crossroads,” said Michael...
Rudy Gargiulo, owner of C&M Automotive & Transmission, says that as vehicle components last longer, shops must re-tool their business models.
Simi Valley, Calif.—Vehicle complexity can often present challenges in service and repair for many shops, but Rudy Gargiulo embraces the opportunities new car technology presents. “We love working on transmissions because the more complicated they are, the more expensive they are to fix,” he said...
From left: Staff includes David Huynh, general manager, Grace Lam, customer care, Corina Almanzar, office manager, Peter Hong, owner, and Chris Vuong, parts manager.
El Monte, Calif.—Peter Hong, second-generation owner of Fix Auto Downtown El Monte, said even though the shop has been a fixture in El Monte since his father, Pot Ka Hong, opened it 1984 in Los Angeles, partnering with Fix Auto in 2016 and investing in new equipment and technology has...
Vic Dirkes is now Director of Sales – West in the U.S.
Mevotech has appointed Vic Dirkes to the position of director of Sales – West in the U.S., responsible for identifying and targeting accounts, growing long-term relationships and Mevotech’s market share. Dirkes will report to Don Keeling, national director for traditional sales. Dirkes will be...
With 40-plus years of experience in the collision repair industry, as well as an officer for the California Autobody Association (CAA) for many years, Rick Johnson was recently named as the new executive director for the 53-year-old organization. As the former owner of B&J Body Shop with two...
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed Wayne Price of O’Reilly Auto Parts to the Association’s Board of Directors. When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: “We are pleased that O’Reilly’s continues to have a representative on the...
Look forward to CAWA Leadership registration materials later this month. Presentations will include:• "Automotive Aftermarket eCommerce Secrets - A Comprehensive Approach to Making Your Competitors Irrelevant" - Tony Minock, CEO of Cellacore, Inc.• "Understanding the Warehouseman's Role in the...
Sacramento, Calif.—On April 18, 2019, the Bureau of Automotive Repair will host a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to regulations related to auto body repair. These include revised definitions, updated equipment requirements, and additional trade standard requirements for repairing...
The Pro Spot jackets went on and the welding helmets were lowered for a day of first-hand welding experience for the Collision Market Department of American Honda Motor Co.
Carlsbad, CA (April 8, 2019) – Pro Spot hosted the Collision Market Department of American Honda Motor Co. this past week for some hands-on welding training in their state of the art Training Center in California. Continually improving their program, American Honda Motor Co. had the Collision...
On April 18, 2019, the Bureau of Automotive Repair will host a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to regulations related to auto body repair. These include revised definitions, updated equipment requirements, and additional trade standard requirements for repairing supplemental...

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