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  Special Feature

Official Notification of Candidates for the ASA National Board of Directors

Posted 10/12/2009

In accordance with the bylaws of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), this announcement shall serve as official notice of the slate of candidates for three positions for the ASA board of directors - general director; mechanical division director; collision division director, open position.

This announcement is not a ballot, but a notice of candidates only. The candidates were selected by the nominating committee at its meeting on Aug. 5, 2009. If you are a regular member of the association and would like to have your name placed on the official voting ballot, or if you would like to nominate another member, you may do so by following these steps:

Prepare a petition for candidacy. A petition includes the candidate's name, shop name, address, telephone number and ASA member number.

Petitions must be completed as follows:

  • A minimum of 250 signatures of ASA regular national members in good standing are required per eligible candidate.

  • Only one candidate can be designated per petition sheet.

  • Only one signature and the corresponding member information can be on each petition sheet.

  • A petition must include the signature and printed name of the member shop representative, as well as the member number, shop name, shop address and telephone number.

  • Provided information must be as listed in the ASA database.

Return petitions with a letter stating how many signatures and petition sheets are enclosed. Petitions must be sent to the Automotive Service Association, P.O. Box 929, Bedford, Texas 76095-0929, Attn: Elections. Petitions must be received no later than the close of business on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.

The names of all candidates with 250 verifiable petitions will be placed on the voting ballot. The new board of directors will assume office after the ASA annual business meeting at the DFW Hyatt in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area on April 21-22, 2010.

- Reggie Denney, AAM
Chairman, ASA Nominating Committee.

MECHANICAL DIVISION DIRECTOR

William P. "Bill" Moss, AAM
Moss

William P. "Bill" Moss, AAM, is the owner of Ferris AutomotiveInc. in Warrenton, Va.

His shop specializes in servicing Volvo, BMW, Audi/ Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz automobiles. All of his technicians are ASE certified and more than half of them are ASE master certified. The shop just applied for ASE Blue Seal status. The shop is a member of two local Chambers of Commerce and the employees are active in local volunteer projects.

Moss has been involved in the automotive industry for more than 25 years and has been a business owner for over 14 years. Currently he is serving on the advisory committee of two local high school Auto Tech programs sponsored by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

He served on ASA's Mechanical Division Operations Committee from 2003 to 2008.

Moss is a member of BIMRS, a non-profit association of independent BMW service professionals dedicated to education and training, and serves on that organization's board of directors. He also is a sponsoring member of the International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN). In addition, he is a member of the Bimmer Tech Group, an international resource group of BMW technicians.

He has been a member of the Automotive Service Association since 2003 and has attended ASA's national convention in 2003 and 2006-2009. He also has attended the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in 2003-2007.

A high school graduate who has also attended college, Moss earned his Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) certification from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) in 2007.

When asked why he would like to serve on ASA's board of directors, Moss said: "This industry has provided excellent opportunities for me. As a board member, I would work hard to ensure the automotive service and repair industry continues to provide outstanding opportunities for future generations.

"I have experience working on, and leading, committees and teams. I am approachable, diplomatic and hard working."

Moss can be reached at (540) 347-9800.

GENERAL DIRECTOR

William E. "Eddie" Ehlert
Ehlert

William E. "Eddie" Ehlert is the owner of MazdOnly Ltd. in Chamblee, Ga.

His shop services only Mazda vehicles. Next door he has ToyOnly, doing the same for Toyota, Lexus and Scion automobiles.

Ehlert has been actively involved in ASA on the local, state and national levels since becoming a member in the early 1990s.

Currently he is a member of the national association's Government Affairs Committee. He also has been an ASAGeorgia Affiliate Assembly representative. He has served in every board position in ASAGeorgia, and was president in 2001-2002.

Ehlert has attended every CARS since 2000, and has attended NACE frequently since 1996. He has been at every ASA national convention since 2001.

He also has attended every state convention from 1994 to 2007.

ASA in 2005 presented its legislative award to Ehlert for his impact on legislative and regulatory activities. Ehlert, in June of that year, appeared before the U.S. House Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment and Government Programs. He represented ASA in testifying on the Right to Repair issue, assuring legislators that the voluntary industry service agreement was working.

He is a member of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Vehicle Security Committee and is an iATN sponsoring member.

When asked why he wanted to serve on the national board of directors, Ehlert said: "ASA has provided me so many tools to improve my business. My involvement with the state board clearly demonstrated the value of cooperation for a common goal. My time on the Government Affairs Committee has been invaluable. I want to blend these experiences to give back to our association and 'raise the bar' for our customers and our industry.

"For my friends and those in the Association I have yet to meet, feel free to call and bend my ear about anything you want to discuss, as understanding begins with communication."

Ehlert can be reached at (770) 455-4849.

Robert M. "Bob" Wills, AAM
Wills

Robert M. "Bob" Wills, AAM, is the owner of Wills Auto Service in Battle Creek, Mich.

A member of ASA for 28 years, he has been active in the association on the local, state and national levels.

Currently he is serving at the national level as a member of ASA's Mechanical Division Operations Committee and as a member of the association's Government Affairs Committee. He is in his sixth year as a member of the Mechanical Division Operations Committee and has served on the Government Affairs Committee for four years.

On the state level, Wills has served as Mechanical Division director, chairman-elect, chairman, past chairman and regional director of ASA-Michigan. He is currently serving on the advisory board to the executive board of the state association and is also serving on ASA-Michigan's legislative advisory committee.

On the local level, he has served as president of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek chapter of ASA.

He also has served on regional and national advisory councils for ACDelco's Total Service Support (TSS) program and on the board of directors of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers.

In 2007, at ASA's annual convention, Wills received the Alpha Award. The Alpha Award recognizes an ASA Mechanical Division member for his or her generous and far-reaching contributions to the automotive service industry.

Wills has attended the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) for the past 10 years. He also has attended four national conventions of the association.

When asked why he would like to serve on ASA's board of directors, Wills said, "I am a person of dedication and commitment, a believer of our industry and want to continue supporting ASA as the leading organization for our industry. I maintain an open mind and always try to decide what the best direction is to be followed. My 42 years of involvement in the industry has prepared me for a leadership role."

Wills can be reached at (269) 965-3121.


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