Ed Attanasio

 

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian. He can be reached at era39@aol.com.

If you can come up with an innovative, cutting-edge piece of equipment, tool or product that can help the collision repair industry, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is willing to give you a shot at the big-time. 

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On Oct. 9, five homes in Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove community belonging to the family of the late Gene Crozat, founder of Santa Rosa-based G&C Auto Body, burned to the ground in the North Bay, CA, fires. 

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:13

Two MSOs Team Up for North Bay, CA, Fire Relief

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Most of the time, Cook's Collision and Mike's Auto Body, two of the largest body shop chains in the Bay Area, are friendly competitors. 

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:46

SCRS Panel Tackles Major Topics at 2017 SEMA

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What happens when two lawyers, an OEM and a former body shop owner talk about the hottest topics in the collision repair industry? 

Every year, the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division makes a major impression at the SEMA Show. This year, it pushed the envelope even more with a busy schedule packed with activities and celebrity appearances.

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Giving refurbished vehicles to deserving people is an amazing philanthropy model that is ideal for the collision industry because it involves body shops, local charities and insurance companies as they work together to help others. 

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Renowned airbrush artist Mickey Harris unveiled a 1968 Chevy Impala at this year's SEMA as a tribute to the Pat Tillman Foundation in conjunction with Ronnie Rains, a former Army veteran who has sponsored three previous vehicles with Harris.

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The city of Vallejo, CA, is known for being the home of the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park, the now-defunct Mare Island Naval Shipyard, the regional office for Region 5 of the United States Forest Service and the birthplace of racing legend Jeff Gordon. 

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A few years ago, I spoke at a collision trade association meeting about marketing and advertising in the body shop world.

By taking his experience in custom paint and expanding on it, Alan Johnson has made himself well-known for many things---such as his blossoming fine art career. 

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