Voting Now Open for 2015 National Elections

The candidate profiles on the following pages comprise the official ballot for the 2015 elections for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) national board of directors. All regular members in good standing with ASA are eligible to vote for one position of general director, and collision members may vote for the one position of ASA collision division director (division assignments were made at the time a member joined ASA).

How to Vote

Elections will take place online using a secured website. All regular members of ASA may vote anytime between Feb. 2 through Feb. 28, 2015, 5 p.m. C.S.T. Please note the following:

  • The candidates running for general director (page 18) are listed alphabetically.
  • The candidate for collision division director is unopposed.
  • Locate your six-digit member number and three-digit security code number found on the mailing label of this issue. The numbers are printed directly above your name and are enclosed by parentheses ( ). Your must have these numbers to vote. You must also complete the entire voting process to register your vote.
  • Point your Web browser to The voting line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Internet access is required to vote. If you do not have Internet access, call (817) 514-2931 for assistance between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday.
  • After you access the voting site, you will be asked to enter your member number and the three-digit security code number. After you enter this information, you will be directed through the voting process. If at any time you experience a problem, please call (817) 514-2931 for assistance.

Do not attempt to mail these ballots. They have been included only to notify you of the candidates and their backgrounds. Like most electronic voting systems, the electronic voting process is designed to be simple, quick and easy to use.

Election results will be announced during the 2015 ASA annual business meeting April 21 at the Westin Crystal City Hotel near Washington, D.C.

Collision Division Director
Candidate Spotlight: Ronald Scott Benavidez
Business Name: Mr. B’s Paint and Body Shop Inc.
City, State: Albuquerque, N. M.
Years in Business: 36 years
ASA Member Since: 1999
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Scott Benavidez believes his service as assistant director of ASA’s Collision Division qualifies him for the position of director of the Division. Benavidez has served as assistant director of ASA’s Collision Division since 2012. He has served ASA in numerous other roles including president and vice president of ASA of Central New Mexico. He is ASE certified in collision estimating and structural and nonstructural repairs. He is also an ASE master technician. His business is an ASE Blue Seal shop. He has attended NACE since 1987 and ASA’s annual business meeting for five years.

In his own Words:
“ASA has always been a part of our business. I believe strongly in the power of an association and what it can do for a business. It has been the experience of a lifetime serving on the Collision Division Operations Committee and getting to know members of the national organization’s board of directors. Learning how I can make my business better every day and the changes that together we can make as a group for our industry, is what this association is all about. We have done great things for ASA’s members and for the industry and I know that will continue. I would like to become the next Collision Division director and continue serving the association and our industry.”

General Director
Candidate Spotlight: Edward “Ed” W. Cushman, AAM
Business Name: C&H Foreign Auto
City, State: Spokane, Wash.
Years in Business: 30 years
ASA Member Since: 1983
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Ed Cushman, AAM, says ASA has been a large part of his business over the past 30 years. ASA is the one organization, he says, that its members could always count on to lead and assist in improving relationships with the motoring public as well as advance the education of its members and their employees. He says he would look forward to working with other national board members as general director. He has served on ASA’s Mechanical Division Operations Committee and as treasurer and chairman of the Automotive Manage­ment Institute (AMI). He has been honored by ASA many times, including being named “Member of the Year” in 1993. He has also served as chairman of the ASA-Northwest (formerly ASA-Washington) affiliate and has been active in ASA locally. Cushman believes his 38 years’ experience in business management, knowledge of ASA, people skills and willingness to face tough questions and come up with the best resolution for all concerned, makes him the ideal candidate for General Director.

In his own words:
“I am excited to see the commitment of current leadership and believe ASA is moving in a positive direction. I would look forward to investing my time and energy toward the betterment of the association that has contributed so much to my success in the automotive industry.”

General Director
Candidate Spotlight: Daniel A. “Dan” Stander, AAM
Business Name: Fix Auto Highlands Ranch/Jerry Stander’s Collision Works
City, State: Littleton, Colo.
Years in Business: 30 years
ASA Member Since: 1986
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Daniel A. “Dan” Stander, AAM, believes his experience as director of ASA’s Collision Division qualifies him to continue serving ASA on its board of directors. He also points to his five years of service on the Collision Division Operations Committee. This time, though, he is a candidate for general director. On the state level, Stander has served as president of ASA-Colorado’s Collision Division and on the state organization’s board of directors. On the local level, Stander has served as president of its collision division and on the local organization’s board of directors. Stander has attended the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) every year since 2007. He has also attended four national conventions and six state conventions of the association.

In his own words:
“I believe my personality, my willingness to listen to ideas and opinions and my attitude are assets within my character that lend well to my ability to work and debate positively with people of the industry. My hands-on shop mechanical and collision estimating, management, customer, insurance and vendor experience keep me close to the pulse of the industry. I also believe my prior experience as a member of ASA-Colorado, ASA National and other national involvement has given me broad mechanical/collision association and industry knowledge. I will always do my best for the good of our industry. Thank you for your consideration.”