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  Special Feature

Members Declare Nashville '07 a 'Hit'

Posted 6/25/2007

Annual Convention packs a punch with great speakers, programs, and a whole lot more.

ASA Honors Member Achievements at 'Celebration of Excellence' in Nashville

Bill Cannon, AAM, left, Motor Age editor-in-chief, presents ASA's outgoing chairman, Charlie Elder, AAM, with a die-cast 1953 Chevy pickup truck.
The Automotive Service Association held its third annual "Celebration of Excellence" May 5 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The special awards dinner honors the achievements of ASA members and its industry partners.

Bill Haas, AAM, ASA's vice president of education and training, hosted the program, which opened with the introduction of ASA's board of directors. The program also included an Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduation ceremony recognizing those who have earned the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.

John Francis, AAM, left, then chairman of AMI's board of trustees and Tonit Slaton, AAM, executive director of AMI, present the AMI Annual Recognition Award to Bill Sauer.
During the awards ceremony, Bill Cannon, Motor Age editor-in-chief, presented ASA's outgoing chairman, Charlie Elder, with a die-cast 1953 Chevy pickup truck and display case from the Danbury Mint. The presentation of a collectible auto is a tradition of Motor Age and ABRN, commemorating each ASA chairman.

On behalf of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Galen Poss, left, president, accepts the Associate of the Year award from Ron Pyle, ASA president. Hanley Wood has managed the successful International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) for 25 years.
Awards presented during ASA's Celebration of Excellence included:

The AMI Annual Recognition Award, the highest honor the institute bestows on an organization or industry leader, was presented to Bill Sauer, AAM, founder of Identifix, Roseville, Minn. John Francis, AAM, AMI outgoing board of trustees chairman, presented the award.

Bob Wills, left, receives the Alpha Award rom Earl Dohner, AAM, Mechanical Division director.
The Associate of the Year is presented to an associate member in appreciation of its relationship with ASA, and for the value, quality and professional service it offers to ASA members. This year's recipient was Hanley Wood Exhibitions for its longtime management of ASA's International Autobody Congress and Exposition. NACE celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and the award was presented in the same room at the Gaylord Resort where the initial NACE event was held in 1983.

Harry Moppert was the recipient of this year's Phoenix Award. Jerry Burns, AAM, right, accepts the award on Mopperts behalf from Darrell Amberson, AAM, Collision Division director.
The Alpha Award recognizes an ASA Mechanical Division member for his or her generous and far-reaching contributions to the automotive service industry. Bob Wills, owner of Wills Auto Service in Battle Creek, Mich., was the recipient of this year's award.

The Phoenix Award recognizes an ASA Collision Division member for his or her contribution to the automotive service industry. Harry Moppert, owner of Moppert Brothers Collision Services Group in Morton, Pa., was the recipient of this year's award.

The ASA Legislative Award recognizes those who have made an impact on legislative and regulatory activities.
Ron Nagy, AAM, presents the ASA Legislative Award to Don seyfer, AAM, representing ASA-Colorado.
Two awards were given this year: ASA-Colorado was recognized for its commitment to educating congressional representatives about information availability and their opposition to Right to Repair legislation; and ASA-Washington was recognized for its ongoing efforts to address auto emissions and super-warranty issues.

Nagy also presented the ASA Legislative Award to Mike West and Jeff Lovell, AAM, of ASA-Washington for the affiliate's legislative efforts.
ASA's Communicator of the Year Award recognizes an ASA member for outstanding efforts in using different communication vehicles to promote its business in the community and industry. This year's recipient was Donny Seyfer, AAM, co-owner and manager of Seyfer Automotive in Wheatridge, Colo.

Angie Wilson, ASA's vice president of communications, presents the Communicator of the Year Award to Donny Seyfer, AAM.
The Affiliate of the Year Award is based on several factors such as membership growth, educational events, participation in ASA national programs, legislative activities and overall contributions of their membership to the automotive industry. The recipient of this year's award was ASA-Texas.

B.J. Johnson, director of membership and affiliate relations, presents Glenn Young, AAM, and Charlie Parker, AAM, or ASA-Texas with the Affiliate of the Year Award.
The Affiliate with the Largest Delegation Award was presented to ASA-Washington, which had the greatest number of members at the annual convention.

B.J. Johnson, left, recognizes Dave Burnett, AAM, center, and Jeff ovell, AAM of ASA-Washigton for having the largest attendance by an affiliate.
The Humanitarian Award - ASA's highest honor - recognizes selfless acts, both inside and outside the industry, of those who promote general goodwill. This year's recipient was ASA-New Orleans, for its generosity and assistance to its fellow members, and its members' strength and perseverance during the continuing rebuilding process following Hurricane Katrina.
On behalf of ASA-New Orleans, Michele and Steve Sallinger, AAMs, accept the ASA Humanitarian Award from Charlie Elder, AAM. ASA-New Orleans has demonstrated generosity and assistance to it's fellow members during the continuing rebuilding process following Hurricane Katrina.
Charlie Elder, AAM, ASA's outgoing chairman, presented the award to Michele and Steve Sallinger, Ole Metairie Car Care Inc., Metairie, La.

The Chairman's Award of Excellence recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to ASA and the automotive repair industry. Two awards were granted this year by Elder.
Dan Stander, left, receives the Chairman's Award of Excellence from Charlie Elder, AAM.
Steve Johnson, Number One Tire and Service, Warwick, R.I., received the award for his work with his state's auto emissions and safety inspection program; and Dan Stander, Jerry Stander's Collision Works, Littleton, Colo., was recognized for his work on ASA's three new collision repair fliers to help members communicate with their insurance representatives.

Annual Convention Includes Business Meetings, Graduation, Awards
New Board of Directors Announced

Ron Pyle, ASA president, introduces the 2007-08 board of directors during Celebration of Excellence.
Installation of the board of directors took place during the Celebration of Excellence, a dinner and awards ceremony that opened with the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduation.

Aaron Clements, AAM, C&C Automotive, Augusta, Ga., was named chairman of ASA's board of directors for 2007-08.
ASA's Celebration of Excellence included dinner and an awards ceremontry. Pictured here are Earl and Elene Dohner.
Clements assumed the chairman's post at the conclusion of the annual convention. He succeeds Charles Elder, AAM, Ray Gordon Brake Service, Tallahassee, Fla., who moves to the past chairman's seat on the board of directors for one year.

Pictured here are Sue and Danny Guido at ASA's Celebration of Excellence.
Other members of ASA's board include Reggie Denney, AAM, chairman-elect, Reggie Denney Auto Repair, Eden, N.C.; and Dennis Sterwerf, AAM, secretary/treasurer, Fairfield Auto & Truck Service, Fairfield, Ohio.

Serving as general directors are Jerry Burns, AAM, Automotive Impressions Inc., Rio Rancho, N.M.; Daniel Guido, AAM, Tony's Service Center, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Diane Rodenhouse, Rodenhouse Body Shop Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Of the 112 students who earned Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation this year, JungYong Park, Korea, traveled the farthest to participate in graduation.
Serving as affiliate directors are Russell McCloud, AAM, Accurate Automotive Attention, Yuma, Ariz.; Ron Nagy, AAM, Nagy's Collision Center, Wooster, Ohio; and Dan Torbeck, AAM, Torbeck's Auto Repair, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The final two board positions are held by the Collision Division and Mechanical Division directors: Darrell Amberson, AAM, Lehman's Garage, Bloomington, Minn. (Collision Division); and Earl Dohner, AAM, E&E's Garage, Brookville, Ohio (Mechanical Division).

Pyle also serves on the ASA board of directors in an ex officio capacity. Members of the ASA Executive Committee are Clements, Elder, Denney, Sterwerf and Dohner.

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