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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.

When deserving people get cars from body shops, either MSOs or independents, it is always a win-win for the industry and the community. 

 

I interviewed a body shop manager a few years ago who told me that he motivated his people through fear. 

Monday, 12 February 2018 21:28

A Cautionary Tale From a Career Painter

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Back in 1985, the actor Yul Brynner was dying from cancer when he told a television audience on "Good Morning America" that what he really wanted to do was film a commercial that said, "Now that I'm gone, I'll tell you this: Don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke."

Gabriel Merino, 29, works at Budd's Collision Services in Oakville, Ontario, Canada as the head painter. Like any quality painter, he focuses on the details while pushing the envelope and creating a pristine finished product every time.

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Ryan Taylor is a former body shop owner who invented Bodyshop Booster in 2009, an app that streamlines the estimating process for both customers and shops.

If there were a Hall of Fame for the inventors of collision repair equipment, there would be a whole wing named after Lavell Chisum, 92, the creator of the Chief EZ Liner. 

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

David Habu, 55, is the owner of Panel Craft, a 30-year-old shop in Berkeley, CA. 

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Connie Manjavinos, 25, started her career as a detailer at a CarMax in her hometown of Virginia Beach, VA, seven years ago. 

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Esquivel Illinois Shop Helps Community
Midwest Auto Body decided to give a car to a worthy recipient, and as a result, local Catholic seminarian and missionary Marco Franco got a 2006 Mercury Milan from this shop in Melrose, IL.

 

Last year, I interviewed Jose Esquivel, the owner of Midwest Auto Body in Melrose, IL about his journey into collision repair.

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