Southern California

Westin Automotive, in San Dimas, has named Bob West president and CEO. West has been with the company for 18 years, and held several key positions, including executive vice president for the past three years. West replaces David Sharp, who has retired after leading the company for 36 years. Elite,...
Oxnard, Calif.—Mark D’Angelo, vice president of D’Angelo’s Paint, said his grandfather, Arthur D’Angelo Sr., founder of the company, began his career as a 3M sales representative. “But his desire was to pursue the American Dream of owning his own business,” he said. “So he purchased Acme Paint...
Murrieta, Calif.—When Lee Amaradio opened his first body shop in Mission Viejo in 1979, he named it Faith Quality Auto Body, an expression of his deeply held religious beliefs, which he credits for much of his success. The Murrieta location opened in 1990 and, after four major remodeling projects,...
Des Moines, Iowa—Since July 1, 2010, ignition interlock devices (IID) have been required for all convicted drunk drivers in a four-county (Tulare, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Alameda) pilot program. “California’s ignition interlock program for people convicted of driving under the influence is one...
Irvine, Calif.—In Patrick Dorais’ view, a lot has been accomplished in his two years as Chief of California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), overseeing licensing, enforcement, administration of the Smog Check Program and other operational matters. In an interview with Parts & People at the...
Corona, Calif.—If there’s one thing that Jonny Lightning Owner Jon Kinne would say about his shop, it’s that it is anything but ordinary. On any given day he’ll be working on everything from a classic Camaro, Mustang, or Dodge Super Bee, to a slammed sport truck, a rock-crawler Jeep with an LS1...
Rancho Dominguez, Calif.—The nationwide “Garage Gurus” technical training network for automotive repair professionals has expanded to Los Angeles County with a July grand opening of a state-of-the-art training center in Rancho Dominguez. Established by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal...
Orange, Calif.—Long-term relationships with dealerships drive business to Tom Miller’s Dynamic Auto Images, which preps new cars for delivery and reconditions used cars for sale at more than 70 dealers throughout California, as well as Dynamic Collision Centers, with five collision repair shops in...
San Bernardino, Calif.—Among the many independent repair shops located on busy Base Line Street in downtown San Bernardino, Eddie’s Auto Care stands out, said Co-owner Edmundo “Eddie” Galindo. “I have the honor of saying we are one of the best shops in the area,” he said. “And I believe it’s...
Centric Parts in Industry, supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components for import and domestic cars and trucks, has hired Peter Chen as a supplier quality engineer. He will be part of the company’s Corporate Quality group responsible for overall supplier quality, interacting with...

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