AMI Announces Scholarship Winners
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Six automotive professionals are receiving scholarships to attend either the Congress of Auto Repair and Service (CARS) or the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), both of which are part of Automotive Service and Repair Week Oct. 10-13 in New Orleans.
The scholarships were jointly announced by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
Each scholarship winner will receive $1,000 to apply toward expenses for attending the events.
The NACE scholarship recipients are:
• Ben Rouw, general manager for Steele’s Collision & Glass, Monticello, Minn. He is the recipient of this year’s Emil Stanley Merit Award.
The award honors Stanley, who was publisher of Automotive Body Repair News (ABRN) until his death in 1989.
• Tommy Clayton, owner, Tommy’s Dent Service, Gibsonville, N.C. He is the winner of this year’s BodyShop Business Magazine Scholarship.
• Jennifer Kinney, office manager for Classic Auto Collision, Marquette, Mich. She is being awarded the Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship.
Cossette owned Lehman’s Garage in Minneapolis, and was a charter founder of AMI and a $50,000 Charter Counselor contributor to AMI’s resource development effort, EXCEL. He also held numerous leadership positions on the ASA board of directors and was active in several industry organizations until his death in 2002.
Westerlund owned and operated Gale’s Auto Center in Blaine, Minn., and was a $25,000 Guarantor contributor to EXCEL. He served on ASA’s board of directors for many years and was an active member of ASA and other collision industry organizations until his death in 2005.
The CARS scholarship winners are:
• Peter V. Rudloff, owner, Pete’s Garage Inc., Newark, Del., the recipient of the Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship. Rudloff’s announcement was made in conjunction with Babcox Publications.
• Joshua A. Ingram, AAM, general manager, Colchin Automotive Inc., Arvada, Colo., winner of the Zurich “High Octane” scholarship. The announcement that Ingram would be the recipient of the Zurich scholarship was made by AMI in conjunction with Zurich (formerly Universal Underwriters Group).
• Charlene Parlett, AAM, owner of Southeast Auto Service & Repair, Hinesville, Ga., who was awarded the AVI Education Scholarship. AMI made the announcement in conjunction with Automotive Video Inc. (AVI).
The AVI Educational Scholarship was established by EXCEL (AMI’s resource development program) in conjunction with AVI, a leader in automotive diagnostic and repair training programs for automotive repair professionals.
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