Automotive Service Association (ASA)

Automotive industry honors outstanding accomplishments during ASRW in New Orleans

Several groups honored industry professionals Friday evening during the ASRW Industry Awards, held on Friday, Oct. 12 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La. The annual awards event provides a platform in which a variety of mechanical and collision repair groups acknowledge the achievements of some of their outstanding members, customers and industry partners.

Ron Pyle, Automotive Service Association (ASA) president and chief staff executive, emceed the program, which opened with the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduation ceremony recognizing those who have earned the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.
Following the opening graduation ceremony:

• Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship: Peter Rudloff; Pete’s Garage Inc.; Newark, Del.

• Zurich “High Octane” Scholarship: Joshua Ingram, AAM; Colchin Automotive; Arvada, Colo.

• AVI Education Scholarship: Charlene Parlett, AAM; Southeast Auto Service; Hinesville, Ga.

• NASTF Recognition Award: Automotive Service Excellence; Leesburg, Va.

• Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship: Jennifer Kinney; Classic Auto Collision; Marquette, Mich.

Additional industry awards presented at the ceremony included:

• Women’s Industry Network (WIN) NACE Scholarships (2):
Jessica Crowley; SkillsUSA—Automotive Refinishing; Boisie, Idaho.
Kristen Shaver; SkillsUSA—Collision Repair; Birch Run, Mich.

• Russ Verona Memorial/IBIS Scholarship: Ron Nagy, AAM; Nagy’s Collision Specialists; Orrville, Ohio.

• SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology Secondary Gold Medal Winner: Jason Lucius; Tiffin, Ohio.
Instructor Secondary: Carl Rusch; Tiffin, Ohio.

• SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology Post-Secondary Gold Medal Winner: John Stanton; Greenville, Ill.
Instructor Post-Secondary: Danny Mays; Centralia, Ill.

Automotive Service Association awards included:

• ASA Alpha Award: Betty Joe Young, AAM; Youngs Automotive Center; Houston, Texas.

• ASA Phoenix Award: Ron Nagy, AAM; Nagy’s Collision Specialists; Orrville, Ohio.

• ASA Chairman’s Award of Excellence: Bill Moss, AAM; EuroService Automotive; Warrenton, Va.

• ASA Legislative Award: Kathryn van der Pol; Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage; Houston, Texas.

NACE and CARS will be held during Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) next year when the events rotate back to Las Vegas, Oct. 17-19. For information, visit