By Levy Joffrion
Help Grow ASA!
Bill Kersten, president of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), will retire effective March 2012.
Trish Serratore, has been named his successor.
“As the senior vice president at ASE, Trish has experience with the entire organization and is particularly well-suited to assume Bill’s role when he retires,” said Tim Zilke, CEO of NATEF and president and CEO of ASE. “Bill and Trish will be working together over the coming months to assure a smooth transition between ASE and NATEF.”
NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: To evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for accreditation by NATEF. The NATEF process has resulted in accredited automotive training programs in all 50 states at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
For more information about NATEF, visit www.natef.org.
ALLDATA, a longtime ASA benefit provider and a leading provider of manufacturers’ automotive repair information, is donating ALLDATA Collision S3500 to all NATEF-accredited collision repair and refinish programs.
All NATEF-accredited collision repair and refinish programs with any of the following certifications will qualify to receive the free one-year subscription: painting and refinishing, structural analysis and damage repair, or nonstructural analysis and damage repair. With nearly 400 accredited schools, this is a significant donation to the next generation of collision professionals. Complete with the latest OE collision repair information available, ALLDATA Collision S3500 also includes full mechanical and diagnostic procedures.
James Noble, line of business director, Motor Fleet, for Zurich Services, has won Risk & Insurance magazine’s Innovator Award for creating Zurich’s Fleet Intelligence System.
The system combines vehicle telematics systems with extensive reporting tools that can help fleet managers turn data into insights that can help reduce crash frequency, lower loss and operating costs, and make for greater efficiency.
Zurich, formerly Universal Underwriters Group, is one of the world’s largest property-casualty insurance companies. It is a longtime ASA benefits provider. For more information, visit www.zurich fleetintelligence.com/us-en/.
The National Collision Industry Alliance (NCIA) has selected the Automotive Service Association (ASA) as the nation’s preferred collision industry association for 2012. The decision was based on NCIA’s “Class A” association criteria, which were forwarded to state and national associations for review and input.
A spokesperson said “there are significant differences in national collision industry associations, ranging from the educational backgrounds of association leadership/ staff to hiring and promotional practices and overall value to members.”
ASA member Henry Yach II, center, owner of Yach’s Body & Custom in Wausau, Wis., was among six collision industry professionals who received FenderBender Awards Oct. 6 at the NACE Expo in Orlando, Fla. The winners represent the most talented, dedicated and driven professionals the industry has to offer, said Jake Weyer, left, editor of FenderBender magazine. Yach’s award was in the executive category. At right is Ron Pyle, president and chief staff officer of ASA.