ASA honors members at 2011 ASRW Award Ceremonies

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) honored several of its members during the Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) Award Ceremonies. Held in Orlando, Fla., during ASA’s annual trade shows – the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) – the annual awards event provides a platform in which the association and other industry groups may acknowledge the achievements of some of its outstanding individuals.

Ron Pyle, ASA’s president and chief staff executive, hosted the program, which opened with the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduation ceremony recognizing those who have earned the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.

The Alpha Award recognizes an ASA Mechanical Division member for his or her generous and far-reaching contributions to the automotive service industry. Howard Pitkow, AAM, Wagenwerx Inc., Wyndmoor, Pa., was the recipient of this year’s honor.

The Phoenix Award recognizes an ASA Collision Division member for his or her contribution to the automotive service industry. Mike Schoonover, Schoonover Body Works and Glass Inc., Shoreview, Minn., was the recipient of this year’s award.

The ASA Benefit Provider of the Year is presented to a sponsored benefit provider in appreciation of its relationship with ASA, and for the value, quality and professional service it offers to ASA members. This year’s recipient was Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Overland Park, Kan., which has a 30-year relationship with the association.

The ASA Chairman’s Award of Excellence recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to ASA and the automotive repair industry. Two honorees were announced this year – Mike West, AAM, Southtowne Auto Rebuild Inc., Tukwila, Wash.; and Virginia Duncan, Duncan’s Collision, Boardman, Ohio.

The ASA Legislative Award recognizes those who have made an impact on legislative and regulatory activities. This year’s award posthumously honored the late Paul Duncan, AAM, Duncan’s Collision, Boardman, Ohio.

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