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Posted 11/11/2010

By Levy Joffrion

Education Foundation Has New Name, Logo

The I-CAR Education Foundation has a new name. It's now the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

Collision Repair Education Foundation I-CARFor almost 20 years, the Education Foundation has supported career and technical school and college collision repair programs through curriculum development, sales, and support and philanthropic scholarships and grants. In 2008, the Education Foundation moved the curriculum and training functions to I-CAR and focused its mission entirely on charitable support for schools and instructors. Last year, the organization provided more than $1.6 million in grants to education programs nationwide.

Scott Kruger, executive director, said the name and logo change was reflective of the organization's new mission and vision of supporting the future of the collision industry by enriching opportunities for collision repair students and schools.

AVI Scholarships Awarded to Two

Rosario Lucas Gary Keyes
Rosario Lucas
Gary Keyes

The Automotive Management Institute (AMI), in conjunction with Automotive Video Inc. (AVI), has announced Gary Keyes and Rosario Lucas as the recipients of the AVI Education Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes automotive service professionals who have a strong desire to improve their management and technical skills.

Each recipient received $1,000 to be applied toward expenses offered during the AVI Training Conference Nov. 4-5 in Las Vegas.

Keyes is with E&M Motors in Stuart, Fla., and Lucas is with Express Tire & Auto Repair in Azusa, Calif.

Voting Starts Soon!

It'll soon be time to vote! Voting starts Jan. 3 for you and other members of ASA to elect two general directors to the national board of directors.

Voting will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until Feb. 28. All regular members in good standing with ASA will be eligible to cast their vote. Watch for more information in the January and February issues of AutoInc.

Alldata Has New Product

AlldataAlldata LLC, which provides OEM service and repair information for professional repair shops, has announced the availability of Alldata Collision S3500, the next generation of its collision repair product.

The S3500 has a search feature that is said to make acquiring information much faster.

For more information, visit or call (800) 697-2533.

David Solmes Wins Survey Drawing

David SolmesDavid Solmes is the winner of the ASA 2010 "How's Your Business?" survey drawing. He received a $200 Visa card for his participation in the survey.

His name was picked at random from among all the members who took time to complete the survey, thus automatically becoming eligible for the drawing.

Solmes used the $200 Visa card to help pay his expenses to Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW), which was held in Las Vegas in October. As part of the event, the Automotive Management Institute held a graduation ceremony and Solmes was one of the graduates. He is now an Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM)!

He is the third-generation owner of Dewey's Auto Body Inc. in Hastings, Mich. The shop opened in 1955.

WIN Slates 2011 Meeting

Women's Industry Network (WIN)The 2011 Women's Industry Network (WIN) Conference will be held at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego May 1-3.

"This will be our fifth annual conference and it promises to be a great forum for education, networking and personal development," said Kim White, the organization's chairwoman.


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