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Thursday, 10 November 2011 17:34

Maaco of Fremont Named Community Hero by PG&E

Maaco Auto Body and Paint of Fremont has been named a 'Community Hero' by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for its participation in a groundbreaking energy conservation program. As a way to conserve energy, Maaco-Fremont voluntarily allows PG&E to remotely turn off its air conditioning when demand spikes.

In its thank you letter, PG&E said that Maaco-Fremont's participation in the program helped "ensure the grid's reliability for communities across California. . . When less electricity is generated from fossil fuel plants during peak times, fewer greenhouse gases are produced. This means cleaner air for everyone."

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 20:19

Nevada Appoints Insurance Commissioner

Scott Kipper has returned to his role as Nevada’s insurance commissioner, an appointment that takes effect October 24, according to reports made by Insurance Journal.

Kipper was named to the post by Terry Johnson, Nevada’s director of business and industry. Kipper started his appointment on October 24 and is based in the Insurance Division’s Carson City office.

Kipper replaces former insurance commissioner Brett Barratt, who resigned in August. Kipper’s experience in the insurance industry includes previously serving as Nevada’s insurance commissioner from December 2008 to June 2010. He also served as the deputy commissioner in charge of the Office of Health Insurance for the Louisiana Department of Insurance, and as CEO of the State of Louisiana Office of Group Benefits. He also previously served as the Oregon Insurance Administrator.

Kipper spent two years on the staff of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Washington, D.C. as a health analyst.  Most recently he served as the principle of SJKipper Consultants.

“Mr. Kipper joins us at an important time for the Insurance Division as it assists in the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act at the state-wide level in Nevada,” said Johnson said in a statement. “His diverse experience in the insurance industry will also be integral to the state’s efforts to attract new insurance companies to domicile here as part of our economic diversification efforts.”

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 20:16

CAWA Installs Officers for the 2012 Year

At its annual meeting to kick off this year’s Industry Week in Las Vegas on October 30, 2011, the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) installed  the following individuals to serve as officers for the 2012 year:

· Chair of the Board – Steve Sharp, WORLDPAC

· Vice Chair of the Board,  -- Ed Jimenez,  Riebe’s Auto Parts

· Treasurer – Ron Cannon, Charleston Auto Parts

· Secretary –  Ron Aparicio, Walker Products

· Immediate Past Chair of the Board – Mary Davis,  NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) , Inc.

For more information see www.cawa.org.

Golden State Collision Centers will hold their annual Harvest Festival on November 15 from 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. at the MSO’s Orangevale, CA location.

This mixer will serve to benefit the Twin Lakes and Orangevale Food Banks, as well as providing local businesses an opportunity to network together. The collision center is the beneficiary of the Orangevale Chamber’s $500 ‘Chamber Gives Back’ grant, which will be presented to the food banks, along with all canned and non-perishable food items collected from October 1 through November 15th.

The MSO will be collecting food donations from October 6 through November 15. Simply drop off your food items at Golden State Collision Center’s Orangevale location located at 9439 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, CA. If you are unable to drop off donations, please contact Rebecca Endres at (916) 580-5637 or rendres@goldenstatecollision.com and she can drop by your business to collect your donations.

Golf is a difficult game, but running a body shop is even harder. So, logically you would think that playing golf would be an easy task for people working in the collision industry. Evidently, it’s not the case.

Golf balls were raining down like sunshine on a beautiful day when the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association hosted its 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, California in late August. The only problem was—most of the balls were landing in the bushes, on golf paths and in surrounding trees.

With 75 golfers primed to attack this beautiful course overlooking Coyote Canyon, body shop personnel, vendors, industry icons and friends were quickly humbled by the course’s undulating greens, tight fairways and bottomless bunkers. Cinnabar Hills is an award-winning course consisting of 27 holes, but 18 were more than enough for the participants, according to Rob Snow, SCC CAA member and former officer.

“It’s not about the golf, fortunately,” said Snow, who owns Monterey Collision in San Jose. “It’s about hanging out with people you respect and work with. Getting a nice crowd for this tournament is a big deal and maybe it tells us that we’re coming out of this recession and looking for better days.”

Tobias Padilla from Hertz was the main force behind the event. “It was a strong turnout and everyone had a great time,” Padilla said. “We all work very hard in this industry, so when we get a whole day to enjoy a sport like golf, it’s a much-needed break. The people at Cinnabar were great and I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make it a big success.”

The biggest Tiger Woods-like moment of the day took place when Young Ko, the owner of KS California Auto Body in San Jose nailed the closest to the pin, when his ball landed less than a foot from the 17th hole. The modest gallery (three squirrels and a pigeon) gasped at the majestic shot and Ko is undoubtedly still talking about it.

Ko’s name also appeared in the victorious foursome that captured the tournament, with Vince Rojas from Annex Color & Supply, associate Jeff Parker and Joe Bugisle from BASF. With a good share of birdies sprinkled in with a passel of pars, this foursome took the title and walked away with the coveted title.

As expected, California Gov. Edmund Brown has signed into law CA S.B. 869, legislation that amends current law regulating automotive repairers. The new law amends the Automotive Repair Act. It provides that an automotive repair dealer who prepares a written estimate for repairs that includes the replacement of a deployed airbag and then fails to restore the airbag, as specified, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a $5,000 fine, one-year imprisonment in a county jail, or both the fine and imprisonment.
Because this legislation would establish a new crime, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act.