People & Places - Education - December 2015


California Career School in Anaheim is offering a variety of training courses for those interested in obtaining their Smog Check Inspector and Repair license.  Become eligible to take the BAR Smog Inspector State License exam in as little as four weeks. For information, including how to receive training free, visit


CAWA announced the launch of its interactive Industry Job Board in a network including the Auto Care Association at  With its focus on promoting the numerous career opportunities available in the auto care industry to college students and recent graduates, military veterans and technical schools, the industry job board offers the industry at large an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. Both CAWA members and non-members can use the new job board to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily.  As an introductory offer, all postings are free-of-charge through the end of the year. For job seekers, the job board is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the auto care industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs and can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria.



Northwood University recognized David W. Kimbell, director of marketing of the Arnold Motor Supply, and John Minor, president, Midwest Wheel Companies, for their support of educational initiatives and learning within the automotive aftermarket industry with its prestigious Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award. They received the honors during a ceremony on Nov. 3, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, during AAPEX.

The designations were developed in partnership with the Auto Care Association, AWDA, MEMA and Northwood University.

Early in his career, Kimbell wrote and presented one of the first instructor-led, fuel injection clinics ever given to installers. On the distribution side, he has written 19 technical training modules, which were among the first to be used by the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance and the forerunner for the successful Alliance University.

Kimbell has served as chairman of the Alliance’s Sales and Marketing Committee’s Training and Education subcommittee and has led efforts to move training to more contemporary platforms, including creating webinar training programs and the Certified Counter Pro and Certified Parts store programs.

He now coordinates multi-faceted training programs at Arnold Motor Supply, which has constructed a 40,000-square-foot training center for employees and customers.

As a driving force in making sure his employees are the most educated in the industry, Minor firmly believes veteran workers play an important role in educating new employees on products and customers, while the younger workers provide insight on new technologies. Minor serves as a board mentor for GenNext HD, a newly formed networking group for young professionals in the heavy-duty industry. Additionally, he and his company are committed to ongoing training and learning and participate in the Heavy Duty Leadership and Leadership 2.0 courses offered through Northwood University’s University of the Aftermarket.


ASA-Midwest’s Vision 2016 website and registration is now open at The only way to make reservations for the Sheraton Hotel is to complete and submit a conference registration. Any questions or need for additional information, contact ASA-Midwest at 816-781-5801 or


ASA-Midwest announced availability of Vision Awards and Scholarship applications. Awards include Service Facility of the Year, Humanitarian, Best Website, and Green Star Service Facility. Scholarships are the Robert L. O’Connor Memorial Scholarship, Vision Technical Scholarship, and the ASA-Midwest Technicians of Tomorrow. Applications for all categories are available for download at




The 2015 Art Fischer Memorial Scholarship Award was presented to Tim Sturdevant and SAE Warehouse, Sioux Falls, S.D. for the company’s support for industry education and training. The award grants scholarships in the name of the award winner to two students enrolled in the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University.



The Collision Repair Education Foundation, an affiliate of I-CAR, announced its initial spring 2016 schedule of career fairs as part of its newly adopted mission of supporting high school and college collision technology programs. Seven U.S. cities, including Seattle, on April 21, have been confirmed with an additional five to be announced soon. The events are open for participation by all industry members, and those seeking to meet high school and post-secondary collision students are encouraged to contact the Education Foundation ( Sponsorship funds raised through the career fairs assist the organization’s effort to ensure that collision technology programs have the needed tools, equipment, and supplies to graduate qualified and skilled entry-level technicians. Nearly 1,000 students participated in the foundation’s career fairs in 2015 that were held in just three cities.


ASA Northwest will stage its Winter Retreat, Jan. 28-31, returning to the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth. The event draws ASA members and supporters from throughout the Northwest and features outside winter activities, an AMI-approved management seminar, business sessions, roundtables, and an awards banquet honoring association and industry leaders. ASA Northwest is the largest automotive trade association in the region serving automotive repair and collision shops and allied members. For complete details on the retreat, visit

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