By Levy Joffrion
Becky Babcox Is 'Woman of Year'
The Car Care Council Women's Board has announced that Becky Babcox is the third annual "Aftermarket Woman of the Year." The announcement was made during the 2006 Women's Board reception Oct. 31 during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas.
The Women's Board executive committee selected Babcox based on her longevity in the aftermarket, her career accomplishments, her leadership capabilities and dedication to the automotive aftermarket industry.
She is the co-owner of Babcox Publications, located in Akron, Ohio, with her brother, Bill.
Schools Need Funding, Support
The I-CAR Education Foundation's 2006 school survey revealed that lack of funds is the biggest issue confronting career and technical schools and colleges today. A full 40.9 percent of schools surveyed are seriously affected by this problem.
In addition, lack of support from school administration and local employers is another key area threatening schools today. Greg Brink, a collision repair instructor at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., agrees. "It is important that the collision industry supports collision repair programs. Many schools are closing programs or not funding them properly. We need help from the industry so we can train future technicians with the skills needed today."
Clark Plucinski of True2Form Collision Centers and chairman of the Education Foundation board of trustees, said: "Whether you are a repairer, insurer, auto manufacturer or supplier to this industry, the schools and young people they teach need your help."
Mitchell 1 Introduces Guide
Mitchell 1 has announced availability of its 2007 Emission Control Application Guide (ECAT07) for domestic and import cars, light trucks, vans and Class 'A' motor homes with gasoline engines, model years 1966-2007. It provides vehicle-specific emission system information for repair shops that perform smog inspections.
For more information, log on to the company's Web site at www.mitchell1.com.
Auto Glass Expo at NACE
Auto glass experts exhibited their products and services at the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) recently with the inclusion of the Auto Glass Expo (AGX) this year. In addition, the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council held its annual meeting in conjunction with NACE at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Whether repairers perform their own glass work or use outside sources, they need to know about the latest products and standards. As part of the Auto Glass Expo, a number of live demonstrations were held throughout the NACE show.
Ultimate Golden Mechanic Named
Greg Damon of St. Charles, Mo., accepts a $25,000 check as Christine Jagher, far right, names him the 2007 Amoco Ultimate Golden Mechanic Nov. 2 during Industry Week in Las Vegas. Damon also won a year's supply of Amoco Ultimate fuel, a Klein tool kit, and an opportunity to serve as an Amoco Ultimate national spokesperson. Damon, lead tech and shop manager at Sant Automotive in Crestwood, Mo., won based on his superior skills, community involvement, environmental consciousness and winning personality. Among judges was Denny Kahler, AAM, immediate past chairman of ASA.