Norm Chapman was honored as the top automotive instructor by ASE and NATEF.	Tim Trudnowski

Northwest People & Places - January 2018


Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized Nov. 15, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of ASE, including Steven Neiffer of Bergren Transmission & Auto Care in Havre. He was named the TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Technician of the Year during the awards banquet at the San Diego event. In total, 36 OEM and aftermarket companies sponsor awards for top performers on ASE certification tests in Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts & Service categories. In addition to top scores, award sponsors also review on-the-job excellence, community service, and other factors.



The Portland International Auto Show is set for Jan. 25-28, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to hundreds of new cars on display, the event features a Portland Trail Blazers Kids Camp, a Tech Zone to see what’s new in vehicle technology, ride n’ drives of more than 35 models of cars and trucks, Electric Avenue that showcases the latest in electric vehicles and charging stations, a Great Outdoors exhibit highlighting gear and accessories for outdoor adventurers, a Motorcycle Pavilion, a Volkswagen Alltrack prize drawing giveaway, and more. Visit

Two Oregon technicians were honored at the ASE Fall Board of Governors meeting in San Diego. Daner Torres of Wentworth Subaru in Portland was named the Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the year, and Xavier Brown of Sheppard Motors in Eugene was named the Volvo/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year. “ASE has recognized the best of the best in our industry for more than 40 years, and this year we honored 47 outstanding individuals from across the nation,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO.

The Winter Rod & Speed Show takes place Jan. 19-20, at the Linn County Fair & Expo in Albany. The indoor event features hundreds of show cars, hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, racecars, and more, has entertainment and food, and benefits local food charities in the Albany area. For details, visit

The 2018 Salem Petersen Collector Car Auction will be held Feb. 3, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Noted as the original Oregon auction, and the only Oregonian-owned such event, the auction draws hundreds of West Coast vehicles each year. For details, visit



Two automotive professionals from Washington were honored at the ASE Fall Board of Governors meeting in November. Richard Lyons of Acura of Seattle was named the Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year, and Norm Chapman of South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia received the Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year award. Chapman, a professor of Automotive Technology, scored the highest on his ASE test among a large pool of instructor candidates nationwide. He first became ASE-certified in 1973, has been a NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) evaluation team leader since 1987, and has competed some 200 NATEF evaluations at secondary and post-secondary schools since. Chapman has more than 3,500 hours of automotive technical training over the past 30 years. He was presented with the award by Trish Serratore, president of NATEF and Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), Jeff Walker, chairman of the ASE board of directors, and Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO.

ASA Northwest will stage its Semi-annual Retreat & Management Conference Jan. 25-28, at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth. The event features a general business session, mechanical/collision roundtables, an AMI-approved seminar by Jude Larson of JML Real Solutions, an arcade family fun event, an ASA update from Tony Molla, vice president of ASA national, a business roundtable, outdoor winter activities, an awards banquet, plus three nights of hospitality suites. For full details and registration, visit, or call 253-473-6970.

The 69th annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC) has announced its final schedule and opened registration for the West Coast’s premier educational conference for the vehicle maintenance industry. More than 60 management and technical training sessions, plus ASE test prep classes and a Snap-on Tech Challenge, will be held March 27-29, at the Professional Automotive Training Center on the campus of Shoreline Community College just north of Seattle. Courses range from Maintaining Diesel Exhaust Systems to New Truck Technologies, Automotive Electrical Diagnostics to Detroit Engines. “When investing in employee or management training, the VMMC is a must-attend conference,” said George Schillinger, VMMC conference chair and senior territory manager/Western U.S., Parker Hannifin Corp. For complete VMMC class schedule, plus registration and hotel data, visit

The 42nd annual NWDRA Hi-Performance Swap Meet will be held Jan. 28, at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield just north of Portland. The event is slated as the one of oldest and longest running swap meets in the state and the first in the calendar year. For details, call 503-644-5707.

Tim Trudnowski, AAP, president of Automotive Jobbers Supply in Spokane, has been named treasurer of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA). He replaces longtime treasurer Richard Beirne, who will remain on the AWDA board. Trudnowski, long active in industry affairs on the national level, is a former chairman of AWDA, served six years on the Auto Care Association Board of Directors, and has held various Federated Auto Parts board and committee positions.

B & B Auto Repair in Bremerton, founded and operated by brothers Joel and Nathan Baxter, celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2018. The family-owned shop provides auto and truck repairs, fleet service, RV repair, and used vehicle sales. B & B has been an AAA Top Shop since 2009 and is EnviroStars certified. Long active in ASA Northwest, Joel Baxter is a former ASA Northwest chairman of the board and serves as the ASA Northwest affiliate delegate to the national ASA organization.

Cardone Industries has acquired controlling interest in ADP Distributors, the parent company of Rotomaster, a global manufacturer of turbochargers with an operation in Seattle. Based in Surrey, B.C., Rotomaster also has operations in Toronto, Ont., Mesa, Ariz., Spain, and China. The company also produces aftermarket accessories for cars, light-duty, heavy-duty, off-road, and marine applications.

D & L Restorations, owned by Louie and Laura Cohn, has moved from south Everett to an expanded 7,000-square-foot facility on Mukilteo Speedway in nearby Lynnwood. Established in 1995, D & L provides complete restoration of antique, vintage, and special interest cars and pickup trucks. The company’s staff has more than 100 years experience in vehicle restoration.


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