By Levy Joffrion
Zurich Donates $10K to GAAS Scholarships
Zurich, one of the world's largest property-casualty insurance companies, announced today that in lieu of sending holiday greeting cards to customers, Zurich Direct Underwriters, its business unit with a highly specialized focus on the North American automotive industry, is donating another $10,000 to fund scholarships awarded through the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS). Those scholarships are awarded to young adults who want to become qualified technicians in the automotive aftermarket industry.
This is the second donation from Zurich to fund GAAS scholarships in 2007. In late October, the company donated $10,000 to the scholarship fund. Since GAAS began the program in 1996, more than 1,300 scholarships have been awarded, 140 this year. For more information on eligibility requirements or to apply for a GAAS scholarship, go to www.automotivescholarships.com.
Zurich's Direct Underwriters business unit (formerly Universal Underwriters Group) was founded in 1922 and specializes in insurance coverage for the auto, truck, equipment and motorcycle dealer industry, and automotive aftermarket industry. It also offers a full line of finance and insurance products to automobile dealers. Zurich is an ASA member benefit provider.
ASE Names Torchiana Chairman
Joseph "Joe" Torchiana, who owns an ASA shop in West Chester, Pa., is the new chairman of The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Rick Ciesla of Chrysler LLC is vice chairman, John Pfennig of Freightliner is treasurer and Barry Bronson of Valvoline is secretary.
Outgoing chairman is another ASA shop owner - Stanley "Stan" Elmore, who owns Stan's Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, Colo.
Torchiana owns One Stop Tire & Auto Service.
Bosch Marks 40 Years of Fuel Injection
Bosch is celebrating its 40th anniversary of fuel injection.
The Bosch D-Jetronic, the world's first electronically controlled gasoline injection system in a mass-produced vehicle, was introduced 40 years ago in a Volkswagen 1600 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1967.
64 Needy Families Receive Cars
Sixty collision centers across the United States and Canada just before Christmas shared the gift of transportation with 64 deserving families and members of their communities during the ninth annual Akzo Nobel Sikkens Acoat selected National Benevolence Program.
The Benevolence Program is a community relations endeavor. Its mission is to generate good will at the local level while improving and promoting the image of the collision repair industry. Participating collision centers present refurbished cars to deserving individuals or organizations during the holiday season.
Local merchants often donate auto insurance, oil changes, car washes, grocery store gift cards, clothing, toys and books to accompany the car - making it truly a community relations endeavor.
ASE Tech of the Year
Delmar, which provides technicians with ASE test preparation material, presents an award to Eddie Hodges, who was named ASE Technician of the Year after earning the highest score out of 350,000 test takers. From left are Ron Weiner, ASE president; Hodges, who is with Keystone Chevrolet in San Springs, Okla.; Kristen Davis of Delmar; and Stan Elmore, ASE's 2007 chairman.
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