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Posted 9/11/2007
By Levy Joffrion

SkillsUSA Winners Named; World Competition Next

Gold, silver and bronze medalists have been announced for the SkillsUSA Championships held June 25-29 in Kansas City, Mo. Among winners were three high school students and three college/postsecondary winners.

Contestants demonstrated their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Tests included on-vehicle simulations, bench and component testing and a written test.

Bill Haas, ASA's vice president of education and training, attended the SkillsUSA Championships as a member of the National Technical Committee for Collision Repair Technology. Members of the committee set up the competition, monitor and assist students, and tear down and pack up competition materials at the end of the day.

A complete list of winners is posted on SkillsUSA's Web site at National winners of SkillsUSA have an opportunity to earn a position on TeamUSA, a group of America's best young people who compete every other year in the World Skills Competition.

This year's World Skills Competition will be held in Japan in November. The collision repair industry is trying to raise $60,000 to send two students to the competition.

Mike Anderson, a member of ASA's Collision Division Operations Committee, has kicked off an industry request to raise money for this year's World Skills Competition with a gift of $1,000.

Like to help? Contact Mark Claypool at (888) 225-6968 or e-mail him at He will send you a donation form to complete.

NACAT Honors Educators

Two educational members of the Automotive Service Association received awards at the 2007 Conference of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), held July 16-20 in Long Beach, Calif. Tim Dwyer of Oklahoma State University was runner-up for the Delmar Learning Scholarship and Fred Hines, the president of ATech Training Inc. in Walton, Ky., was presented an award by NACAT for outstanding industry support.

Women's Career Day Slated Sept. 21

The Car Care Council Women's Board has announced that the second annual Automotive Aftermarket Women's Career Day will be held at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., Sept. 21. To register a student or attend the event, contact Katie Noga at (847) 742-7840, ext. 4471, or

Russ Verona Award Goes to Florida Auto Body

Nick Verona, left, awards the 2007 Russ Verona Memorial Award to Florida Auto Body Inc., represented by co-owners Julia and Jimmy Suppe. The award was presented during the I-CAR International annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., July 26-28. It honors the late Russ Verona's memory and contributions to the industry. The award is to recognize an outstanding I-CAR Gold Class Professionals-designated business. Nick Verona, the first recipient of the award, owns East Rockford Collision Center in Rockford, Ill., which was founded by his father and was the first business to earn the Gold Class Professionals status.

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