Community Wholesale Tire has promoted Andy Berra to president.Community Wholesale Tire has promoted Adrienne Berra to executive vice president.In addition to planning for Vision 2018 at Old Kinderhook Golf Club and Lodge at the Lake of the Ozarks, ASA-Midwest members participated in murder mystery while wearing super-hero costumes.

Midwest People & Places - October 2017


Community Wholesale Tire has promoted Andy Berra to president and Adrienne Berra to executive vice president. The current president, Phil Berra, will remain with the company as chairman and CEO.  Community Wholesale Tire has three Midwest distribution centers, an eight-state marketing area, and over 200 employees. The company has been able to sustain year after year growth and gives back to the community with a charitable program.

The ASA-Midwest Leadership Summit was recently held at Old Kinderhook Golf Club and Lodge at the Lake of the Ozarks, where training schedules, speakers, and details for Vision 2018 were reviewed and planned among chapter officers from the association’s six-state area. “The dedication, knowledge, and attitude of the Vision committee continues to establish our conference as the one against which all others measure themselves,” said Jerry Holcom, AMAM, president of ASA-Midwest.

Several Midwest CARSTAR franchisees were recognized for their anniversaries at the recent CARSTAR annual conference, including CARSTAR Floyd’s Body & Glass, Boonville, Mo. (25th); CARSTAR Glenn’s Body Shop, Lincoln, Neb. (25th); CARSTAR Walt’s Autobody, Topeka, Kan. (25th); and CARSTAR Crystal Lenexa, Lenexa, Kan. (15th).

In partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), three Midwest collision repair students were awarded the Fix Auto USA-Tim Clark Memorial Scholarship, who included Jakob Church and Logan Smith, both of the Manhattan Area Technical College in Manhattan, Kan., and Jeffrey Coenen of Southeast Community College in Milford, Neb. Each winner received $1,000 to be used for school tuition, books, and tools. Winners were selected from a pool of collision repair students who demonstrated a passion for learning and an affinity for the industry.

The ICRA 2017 Fall Meeting, “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know,” will be at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, Oct. 18. Mitch Becker will present an overview of pre-scan, post-scan, diagnostics, welding new material, calibration and post repair inspection. ICRA Legislative Affairs, Scott Weiser, will update the association about what is happening in Des Moines and what legislative issues will be addressed. For more information, visit

Maaco has opened a new location in Ankeny, Iowa, to serve the Des Moines region. It is the second location in the marketplace. Owned by Paul Hagner, it is located at 1407 SW Ordnance Road. “We are looking forward to our partnership with Maaco and the resources, operational support and national brand power they offer,” said Hagner, a former John Deere manager.  “We are ready to serve drivers in the Des Moines market with the highest-quality painting services and collision repair.”

Sally “Monia” Edwards celebrates her 50th anniversary at Continental, where she began her career at 18 years old in 1967 at the automotive hose and belt plant in Lincoln, Neb., now owned and operated by Continental and organizationally assigned to its division ContiTech. For the first 21 years, she worked in Hose Final, inspecting and packaging hoses, Lot Release and in Laminated Cut Edge. During that time she became a union steward, secretary and a policy committee member and on May 1, 1988, she became the plant’s union pension and insurance representative and is still working in the same role. She helped negotiate contracts from 1993 to 2003.

The Auto Care Association has announced Kyle Byrne, vice president, distribution, The Merrill Company, as a 2017 recipients of its Impact Award: Four for the Future, which annually honors four aftermarket professionals, age 40 or younger, who have made remarkable contributions within the auto care industry. Byrne is actively involved in YANG and has taken advantage of continuing education opportunities and networking. As part of the Merrill Company 90th anniversary celebration in April, he was instrumental in the creation and development of their parts distribution story. 


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