Southern California

The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) has scheduled “Area Meetings” in Burbank, Sacramento, Dublin, and Anaheim. Dinner is free and meetings are open to sales reps, management, and ownership of tire retailers and related vendors. “Through the generous support of sponsors such as 1-...
CAWA will hold its annual gala dinner the Sunday night before AAPEX/SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 28, 2018. The event, to be held at Caesar’s Palace,  is exclusively sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America. This sponsorship allows CAWA to devote all the proceeds from the gala to its...
Sacramento, CA – August 21, 2018 -- CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, has appointed Bill Meyer of MANN+HUMMEL Filtration Technology to the Association’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Gosnell announced Mr. Meyer’s appointment he commented: “ Bill has been...
ASCCA is hosting a Build the Future vocational education fundraiser and career fair on August 21, from 6-9pm. Click here to register.
From left: Mort Schwartz, past CAWA chairman, and Greg Livingston, of All Trade Tools, present CAWA scholarships to Naomi Rivas, Christina Schneider, Stephanie Garcia, Ernesto Candelario, Michael Ni, who are five of the 14 recipients.
Newport Beach, Calif.—CAWA has announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarship awards. CAWA provided $11,750 in scholarships this year to 15 individuals of which 10 students also received a $500 Powerbuilt certificate donated by All Trade Tools. “Once again, CAWA is proud to assist these young...
Luis Morales (standing) and Troy Parker from SEMA Garage discuss education opportunities and career possibilities with a student.
Pasadena, Calif.— More than 120 students interested in connecting with top automotive aftermarket, engineering, design, machine shop, and welding technology companies got their chance recently at an annual open house and career expo. Pasadena City College’s Engineering & Technology Division and...
Pat Brosnan, FMP regional sales manager, explains the history of the company, its products and programs to the ASCCA group.
Fullerton, Calif.—Factory Motor Parts (FMP) hosted ASCCA Chapter 48’s June shop night at its Western region distribution center with a large number of members and guests attending, including Rocky Khamenian, Chapter 48 member and ASCCA state president, and Chapter 5 members. The event featured...
From left are Diane and John Villa with Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-35) of the 35th Assembly District on the floor of the State Assembly.
Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-35) has named ASCCA Treasurer John Villa, of Villa Automotive, as the 35th Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year. “Every year, the California Small Business Association hosts California Small Business Day, an event that brings 120 small businesses from...
From left: The front office staff includes Edgar Portillo, service writer, Adrian Vartanian, owner, Robert Sanchez, shop manager, Carol Fregoso, bookkeeper, and Salina Linares and Christina Salas, service writers.
Upland, Calif.—Adrian Vartanian’s AV Automotive experienced exponential growth when it changed its business model from general repair to fleet and commercial, including complete diesel service in 2009.  “We did some fleet work from the beginning in 2006, but I saw far greater potential for growth...
From left: The new team, including Mariano Jimenez, general manager, Memo Rojas junior estimator, and Erica Comingore, office manager, and CEO Noel Lopez, treat every customer as family.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.—After opening his shop in 2010, Noel Lopez’s business took a down turn. So, a couple of years ago, instead of closing Proline Auto Collision, he reduced its size to cut expenses and went to work for another shop to cover payroll. As business slowly started to pick up again...

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