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Let's Meet Our Very Own Abraham Lopez

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in People

He Works with 7 other members of his family, so it's a Lopez everywhere you look!

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Abraham, how long have you been with AB and how many years of industry experience do you have?

I have worked for Anderson Behel for 3 amazing years. I've been in the automotive industry for 10 years.

Favorite part of the job?

My favorite aspect of my job is the way we treat these customers and the quality work we do. It’s muy importante!

What do you do when you're not working at AB?

Watching soccer and spending time with my two children, a boy 3 and a girl who is 5.

Major interests?

Soccer and more soccer

What are the 3 things you want to do in your life (Bucket List?)

1.) Travel around the world 2.) Give my children a great life. 3.) Just enjoy life every day

What sports teams do you follow?

Club America, my favorite soccer team

Favorite movies?

Braveheart is my favorite of all time.

Favorite TV Shows?

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. I would never eat any of that food, but I like to watch it.

If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A Mercedes

If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

With my grandfather

What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at AB?

We treat all the customers right. It’s just that simple. I love working here because there is so much variety and I get to work with my family, because they all work here too—my father, two brothers, 2 uncles and 2 nephews.

 

Let's Meet Our Very Own Francisco Lopez

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in People

He's all about training and doing a quality repair

Francisco-ABHow long have you been with AB and how many years of industry experience do you have?

I have worked for Anderson Behel for 18 months. I've been in the automotive industry for 18 years.

Favorite part of the job?

My favorite aspect of my job is the way we treat these customers and the quality work we do.

What do you do when you're not working at AB?

Playing soccer and teaching my kids to play soccer.

Major interests?

Soccer and watching sports. My favorite soccer team is America, a Mexican team.

What are the 3 things you want to do in your life (Bucket List?)

1.) Go to Paris, France 2.) Play professional soccer 3.) Raise my children the right way.

What sports teams do you follow?

The San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and the San Jose Earthquakes

What was the title of the last book you read?

Don Quixote by Cervantes

Favorite movies?

Action films

Favorite TV Shows?

Sports

Pets and their names?

We can’t have a dog where we currently live, but I love dogs.

Favorite outdoor activities?

Hiking and running along the creeks where I live.

Magazines or newspapers you read?

San Jose Mercury News

If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A Chevelle from the 1970s

If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

With my father

What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at AB?

I enjoy when a customer comes walking in and gets great service. We also use the best equipment and get excellent training.

What are some of the changes you've seen in this industry over the years and how has AB reacted to these?

These cars are changing all the time and we have to stay on top of our training to be educated about these newer vehicles.

35 Years Dedicated to Teaching Tomorrow’s Techs

on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in People

Congrats to Peter Lock

Lock 2At Anderson Behel, we have some of the best-trained techs not just in the state, but in the entire country. And people like Peter Lock make the collision repair industry better by training tomorrow's technicians. Hats off to Peter Lock for 35 years of serving our industry well!

Peter Lock has been a collision repair professor at Contra Costa College (CCC) in San Pablo, CA since 1979, long before most of his current students were even born. It’s been a great ride and a highly satisfying journey for this 58 year-old devotee to the collision industry and his students. A hands-on professor who connects to his students by caring about them and showing it, Lock is starting to think about retirement as he looks back at 35 years in the role.

The auto services department at CCC trains people how to be auto service technicians, customizers, body repair specialists, mechanics, painters, damage appraisers, collision repair technicians, parts technicians and smog technicians. The school offers a two-year, four-semester program in either auto repair collision repair technology or auto mechanics, Lock said. Each semester consists of a combination of classroom teaching and hands-on laboratory studies.

It seems like a long time ago, Lock said, but he still remembers his early years as a rookie teacher vividly, "I started teaching here when I was 23 and things weren't as high-tech back then. For one, there weren’t very many auto tech schools around like there are now. Almost everyone had to start at the bottom and learn the business that way, by doing it themselves. I tell my students that learning never ends just because you graduate or get a job. I've learned at least 10 times more than I knew when I first started this job and that’s been one of the great things about it." 

Let’s Meet Jesus Lopez, Body Tech

on Friday, 30 May 2014. Posted in People

He is passionate about collision repair

Q: How long have you been with AB and how many years of industry experience do you have?

A: 2.5 years at Anderson Behel and 3.5 years total industry experience.

Q: Favorite part of the job?

A: I love it when people bring their damaged vehicles here and we make them look brand new.

Q: What do you do when you're not working at AB?

A: Bicycle riding and I love to play soccer. I play the forward position.

Q: Major interests? 

A: I want to travel in the U.S. first—visiting cities like Miami and New York City.

Q: What are the 3 things you want to do in your life (Bucket List?)

A: 1.) Travel 2.) Meet Pele, the soccer player 3.) Try hang gliding.

Q: What sports teams do you follow?

A: The San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and the San Jose Sharks

Q: What was the title of the last book you read?

A: I read mostly repair manuals during my free time. I’m currently reading a Honda Manual about air conditioning systems.

Q: Favorite movies?

A: My #1 of all time is Transformers and I recently saw Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks, which I really liked.

Q: Favorite TV Shows?

A: Sports on ESPN

Q: Pets and their names?

A: I have a Labrador named Bella

Q: Favorite outdoor activities?

A: Cycling and some camping

Q: If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A: A Lamborghini, but I do really like the car I have now. It’s a brand new 2014 Camaro Ltd. Edition.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: My grandfather Juan Lopez. He passed away when I was 10 years old.

Q: What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at AB?

A: I like the way we treat the customers so well. Our front office people really go 100% to make the customers happy and that makes me happy too. We all feel good here when we see the customers smiling when they drive off.

Q: What are some of the changes you've seen in this industry over the years and how has AB reacted to these?

A: Since I am 22, I haven’t really seen the changes yet. But this industry is changing fast and I plan to be in this industry for many years, so ask me in a few years.

Let's Meet Our Very Own Pedro Elizondo

on Thursday, 17 April 2014. Posted in People

He's A Master Body Tech and One of the Best in the Industry Today!

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Let’s Get to Know One of Our Master Body Techs: Pedro Elizondo

Q: How long have you been with Anderson Behel and how many years of industry experience do you have?

A: I started at Anderson Behel about 18 months ago, and I have 6 years of total experience in the automotive repair industry.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?

A: I like everything about this job, because I learn new things every day!

Q: What do you do when you're not working at Anderson Behel?

A: I love to watch my favorite teams (The Oakland A’s and the Oakland Raiders), because I am a huge fan.

Q: What are your major interests?

A: Right now, I am enjoying spending time with my two-year-old son. He is at such a fun age and I take him with me everywhere, including the Oakland A’s games and hiking all over the East Bay. I put him in a little backpack carrier and we go everywhere.

Q: What are the 3 things you want to do in your life?

A: 1.) Go to the Coliseum in Rome 2.) Sky Dive and 3.) Watch the Raiders as they win the Super Bowl!

Q: What sports teams do you follow?

A: A’s and Raiders

Q: What was the title of the last book you read?

A: The Warrior Within, about Bruce Lee’s philosophy

Q: Favorite movies?

A: I love animation, especially Rango

Q: Favorite TV Shows?

A: I watch a lot of animation with my son

Q: Favorite outdoor activities?

A: Hiking, camping and fishing

Q: Magazines or newspapers you read?

A: Chevy High Performance magazine

Q: If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A: The car I have owned since high school—a 1964 Chevrolet Super Sport Impala.

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: Chief Sitting Bull

Q: What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at Anderson Behel?

A: We always make the customer feel important here. We greet all our customers with a big smile at pickup and again when we drop off the vehicle. Mariah in the front office does an amazing job, following up with the customers and keeping them informed during every stage of their repair.

Q: What are some of the changes you've seen in this industry over the years and how has Anderson Behel reacted to these?

A: It’s been crazy and it’s even changing more, with all of these vehicles’ high-tech features, like navigation systems, accident avoidance systems, keyless systems—it’s amazing.

Let's Meet Ken Gray, Our Controller

on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Posted in People

He Keeps His Eyes on Our Bottom Line All the Time!

Gray Ken-ABHow long have you been with Anderson Behel and how many years of industry experience do you have?

14 years at Anderson Behel, but I have 40 years total in accounting and finance.

What do you do when you're not working at AB?

I am a life success consultant and I work with individuals and companies to help them with behavioral change.

Major interests?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking and we love our dog.

What are the 3 things you have on your bucket list?

1.) Visit Italy (especially Milan where we have adopted son) 2.) Host a seminar on a Mediterranean cruise that’s sold out! And 3.) See the wedding of my oldest son (age 50).

What sports teams do you follow?

49ers and SF Giants

What was the title of the last book you read?

Whale Done! by Ken Blanchard

Favorite movies?

We love comedies and our all-time favorite is Groundhog Day.

Favorite TV Shows?

Cheers and Everyone Loves Raymond

Pets and their names?

Cash, our 1.5-year-old rescue Spaniel Mix.

Magazines or newspapers you read?

The Intelligent Optimist, a monthly magazine

If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

The Porsche Cayenne or a Tesla.

If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

Earl Nightingale, the author of The Strangest Secret

What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at AB and describe your view of what exceptional customer service is?

We lead with integrity and that affects everything we do here at Anderson Behel. David Mello our owner is honest and genuine and our customers, employees and vendors see it every day.

What are some of the changes you've seen in this industry over the years and how has AB reacted to these?

Changing from solvent paint to waterborne paint was a HUGE move for Anderson Behel, the collision industry and the environment. We changed to waterborne long before most California shops did, because we want to be as green and responsible as we can!

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