National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

ASE announces new officers, governors for 2012

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) announced the officers for its Board of Directors for 2012. Mike Phillips, V.P, Organizational Development, NAPA Auto Parts/Genuine Parts Company, Atlanta, Ga., is Chairman; Rob Barto, Manager, Technical Training Design, Nissan North America, Franklin, Tenn., is Vice-Chairman; Glenn Dahl, Senior Coordinator, Technical Education, Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, Bloomingdale, Ill., is Treasurer, and Greg Gaulin, Owner, Gaulin’s of Williamsville, NY, is Secretary. John Pfennig, Manager, Service Education for Navistar, Inc. in Warrenville, Ill., serves as Past Chairman.

"2011 was a milestone year for the ASE certification program as we completed the move to our new computer-based testing (CBT) format," said Tim Zilke, ASE President. "The leadership and guidance of the ASE board is vital to ensuring the ASE program keeps pace with our changing industry. Through the outstanding commitment of ASE’s all-volunteer board and the support by the companies that encourage such talented people to serve, ASE will continue to offer our automotive professionals the high-quality credentialing program they have come to expect."

Also announced were newly elected members to ASE’s Board of Governors, representing various segments of the industry. The new Governors are: Bobby Bassett, Manager of Training North America Automotive Market, Gates Corporation, Ridgeland, Miss., and John Prosser, Manager Technical Training Operations, American Honda, Torrance, Calif.

"I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing board members for their service over the years," Zilke continued. Stepping down as their terms expire are Al Duebber, President, Duebber’s Automotive Service, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio; Joe Torchiana, President, One Stop Tire and Auto Service, Inc., West Chester, Pa., and Lori Blaker, President, Technical Training Incorporated (TTi), Rochester, Mich. "Each of these individuals volunteered their time to serve on the ASE board to the benefit of our industry and the thousands of automotive service professionals who proudly wear the ASE Blue Seal. We thank them for their service and wish them continued success."