ASA Welcomes Dan Risley as Executive Vice President
The Automotive Service Association is pleased to announce industry veteran Dan Risley will be joining the organization as executive vice president. In his new role, Risley will work closely with Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive, and the national staff based in Texas, while maintaining an office in Chicago.
“We are excited that Dan has accepted our offer to join the ASA family,” said Pyle. “We’ve collaborated on many projects over the past decade and I’ve always respected his professionalism and quest to do the right thing.”
Risley, who has served the industry in many roles throughout his career, comes to ASA from Allstate Insurance Co. where he was a market claims manager.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to represent ASA and its membership,” said Risley. “Ron, the board and I will be aggressively pursuing resolutions to the most pressing issues adversely impacting our mechanical and collision repair members. Bringing closure to longstanding issues such as arbitrarily reducing the refinish time on repaired panels is just one of several key areas the association will address in 2013. From parts quality issues to legislative activities at the grassroots level, I’m eager to serve on behalf of all ASA members.”
Ron Nagy, AAM, ASA chairman and owner Nagy’s Collision Centers in Ohio, said, “Having two leaders in our association that possess the complementary skill sets that Ron and Dan possess, clearly positions ASA in an industry leadership role for many years to come.”
Risley began his new role as executive vice president March 18.
Learn more about Risley in this Q&A interview:
AutoInc.: Do you have a personal leadership philosophy that you follow that you’d like to share with ASA members?
Risley: I don’t know if you would consider it a philosophy. I prefer to consider my leadership style as a set of guiding principles that have been developed over many years from working with some of the best mentors and leaders in this industry. Such as:
AutoInc.: What do you want ASA members to understand regarding your goals as executive vice president that they will not have heard from any other source?
Risley: I want ASA to be present and actively involved in every board room, meeting, assembly, hearing, committee and advisory board that is changing or shaping the future direction of the industry. If you aren’t in the room when it’s happening, you are not likely to be part of the solution. We will provide the leadership, representation and a voice when our members can’t be present.
AutoInc.: ASA is at a very important crossroads. It has been known for more than 60 years as the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. With the changing landscape of the industry, will ASA need to reinvent itself to stay relevant and preserve its strong leadership role in the industry? What are your plans to help position ASA for a strong future?
Risley: I don’t believe ASA needs to reinvent itself. In fact, everything that made the association so successful over the past six decades is present today. The core principles that built its success are as relevant today as they were in 1951. The issues may change, but the things that motivate people to support an association are timeless and unwavering.
To position us for the future, we have to fully engage our members and reassure them that we are not only listening, but understand and are willing to take concerted action to address their most pressing needs. We will accomplish this by better leveraging our national presence, brand recognition, resources and industry contacts to improve the industry.
AutoInc.: What do you think ASA brings to its members and the industry that no other group does/can?
Risley: ASA has a national presence and resources that no other association in the country representing the automotive service and collision repair industries can compete with. I believe our values, objectives and overall strategic direction as to how we address industry issues is very different from other associations. “Adversarial” and “combative” are not terms typically associated with ASA or our leaders. I intend to continue that legacy and build upon the respect and credibility the association has already established.
AutoInc.: Having come from a collision-related background with your roles at Society of Collision Repair Specialists and most recently at Allstate, what would you say to our mechanical members about what you can offer them?
Risley: My family owned an independent collision repair facility that was started with money borrowed from my grandfather, accompanied by hope and a prayer. I worked with my father for many years and witnessed the hours, struggles, risks, reward and stress of being a business owner without actually having to endure his pain. I would assume that many of our members have come from similar backgrounds or are experiencing similar situations as a business owner. Although they are different industries, I believe they are more alike than different.
What do I offer? I offer a broad perspective. I’ve had an opportunity to work with a wide range of business owners; from the small independent repair shop, to multi-shop operators, franchisees, dealership shops, consolidators and even insurance-owned shops. What I’ve learned is that no matter how big or how small you are, there are common issues that adversely impact all of those businesses. As an association, our job isn’t to represent one group or one faction’s needs. Our goal is to best represent the needs of all of our members and the industry at large.
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