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|Frank Brizek, ASA-Illinois board member, presents a plaque to Neil and Joan Koebernick for their service to ASA and the automotive service industry.|
In February, ASA-Illinois honored Joan and Neil Koebernick, AAMs, for their service to ASA and the auto repair industry.
In the early 1970s, after trade school, Neil moved to Illinois from North Dakota and went to work in a Goodyear store. While working there, a young lady experienced her car's engine overheating and brought it to Goodyear to be repaired. Neil repaired her car; they started dating and were later married.
In 1974 Joan and Neil started their business as Dakota Union 76 and later in 1991 renamed their shop, Dakota-K Auto Repair & Tire Center. The shop is now run by their sons. Both Neil and Joan are Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduates, and they have received the Alpha Award from ASA national. Besides being involved in ASA, both locally and nationally, they have also been honored with numerous awards by the Better Business Bureau and Carquest.
|Shop owners and technicians visit with exhibitors on Saturday afternoon during the 18th annual VISION HiTech Training & Expo held at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas City. – photo by Brian Turner|
ASA of Missouri/Kansas hosted the 18th Annual VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo March 6-8, in Overland Park, Kan. Twelve hundred automotive service professionals received more than 11,000 hours of training during the three-and-a-half-day event. VISION is one of the leading automotive service industry training events in the country. Automotive service professionals from 34 states and Canada attended some of the industry's top management and technical training offered by the industry's leading instructors. The course offerings were designed to meet the needs of the entry-level technician up to the very experienced driveability technician.
More than 500 people attended the awards dinner and comedy night Saturday evening. Four scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each were presented to students pursuing a career in the automotive service industry. Three automotive service facilities were presented with the Green Star Facility Awards recognizing their accomplishments in environmental practices and awareness.
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