Southern California

Mitch Mendenhall (l.) and Bobby Field, co-owners of East County Diesel, say becoming a Bosch Certified Diesel Diagnostic Center has brought in business and enhanced the image of the shop.
El Cajon, Calif.—Robert “Bobby” Field opened East County Diesel in January 2010 and incorporated in 2014 when Mitch Mendenhall joined the business and became a partner. “Between Bobby and myself we have more than 60 years’ experience in the automotive industry,” Mendenhall said. “And both of our...
John Eppstein, owner of John’s Automotive Care, says his customer shuttle, a Honda Element, is a rolling billboard for the shop.
San Diego, Calif.—John Eppstein, owner of John’s Automotive Care and National 2016 NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year, began his career in 1983 at a Texaco service station. “I wanted a job that I loved to do – where I could help people,” he said. “I was hired at a Texaco station to pump gas and...
From l., Dennis Montalbano, ASCCA president; Rodney Pierini, CAWA president and CEO; Gloria Peterson, ASCCA executive director; and Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, say they are pleased that auto care industry leaders and association members took the time to attend the Summit.
Long Beach, Calif.—The 2016 Auto Care Industry Summit, presented by CAWA, ASCCA, and the Auto Care Association, June 24, at the Maya Hotel, brought together industry experts and shop owners to discuss issues that focused on cybersecurity and its relationship to telematics, and how they will affect...
Keynote speaker Craig Smith, of THEIA Labs, says the consumer needs to be educated about telematics and the data a vehicle is collecting.
Long Beach, Calif.—The 2016 Auto Care Industry Summit, presented by CAWA, ASCCA, and the Auto Care Association, June 24, at the Maya Hotel, brought together industry experts and shop owners to discuss issues that focused on cybersecurity and its relationship to telematics, and how they will affect...
Matthias Kopecky, of SSF Imported Auto Parts, is 2017 CAWA Board Secretary-Elect.
Matthias Kopecky, of SSF Imported Auto Parts, CAWA secretary-elect for 2017, joins other officers of the CAWA Board of Directors, including Chair-Elect Michael Antonelli of Vantage Marketing Global; Vice Chair-Elect Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts; Treasurer-Elect Dan Hanson Jr. of Hanson...
The crew at Mr. D’s, from l., Ryan Frank, painter; Jose Tovar, body technician; Dave Chesleigh, owner; and Bobby Patterson, body technician, pose with a custom 1971 Mustang Mach 1, which the shop recently finished.
Brea, Calif.—Dave “Mr. D” Chesleigh, owner of Mr. D’s Custom Paint & Body, said he got into the body and paint business because he enjoyed making cars look good and didn’t want to get his hands greasy doing mechanical work. “When I was a kid, my dad was a UAW mechanic for General Motors, but he...
Washington, D.C.—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) recently submitted, in May, comments to California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on its formal proposed rule regarding motor vehicle brake friction materials. In...
The office staff at Green Tech Collision Center (from l.), Arlene Hernandez, office manager; Ramón Godina, owner; and Verania Godina, office assistant, are proud of the shop’s quality work and customer service.
Upland, Calif.—When Ramón Godina, immigrated to Southern California from Colima, Mexico, he hadn’t planned on getting into the paint and body business. However, 20 years later he’s the owner of Green Tech Collision Center.  “I was majoring in chemistry in college in Mexico but wanted to get into...
The Jackson’s NAPA Auto Supply staff, from l., Wayne Johnson, dispatcher; countermen Jerry Solarte and Robert Ramirez; John Lombardo, owner; and countermen Hector Roman and Cliff Adams, have decades of experience filling the parts needs of shops and DIYers.
Brea, Calif.—The Jackson’s Auto Supply story goes back more than 60 years to when the Jackson brothers opened their first store on Brea Boulevard in 1953. The business grew to eight stores in the area, involved a number of family members, and built a following. As the family aged, the stores were...
Rio Hondo College students inspect a hydrogen fuel cell as part of the Automotive Technology Program’s focus on alternative-fuel technologies.
Rio Hondo College, in Whittier, has received approval from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for the college’s Automotive Technology Program to offer California’s first Associate of Science (AS) degree in hybrid/electric vehicle/fuel-cell technology. “The approval came in 22...

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