New year for ASCCA follows path of adding value, building on past successes

Editor’s note: John Eppstein is the new ASCCA president for 2019, replacing 2018’s president, Rocky Khamenian. Parts & People asked Eppstein to share his vision and goals for the association moving forward. He is the owner of John’s Automotive Care in San Diego.

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As a shop owner and president of the largest automotive association in California – the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) — I look forward to serving our members and building our value together.

ASCCA fights for us every day up in Sacramento and works with the BAR to create laws and regulations that are fair to the shops and the public.

I would like to thank Immediate Past President Rocky Khamenian for his tireless efforts, hard work, and dedication to ASCCA, and as he would say, to “Elevate and Unite Automotive Professionals and Give Them Voice.”

Without the efforts of the entire state board, committee members, partners, and management team at AMG, we would not be in the great position we are today. It takes all of us working together to create the success we are having.

The ASCCA board has looked way outside of the box to make positive change and bring new and innovative thoughts and ideas to light. We have created new committees, including Connected Cars, and Women in Automotive.

We have also created a new out-of-state membership for those shop owners who not only want to improve their business, but also help to move our industry forward.

We have invited our partners to join our committees to bring a new perspective to the table. We have looked for partners who have a genuine care and interest in our industry, not just a large checkbook. Our partners realize that if they can help us to do a better job for ourselves, then we will all prosper in the end.

I am both humbled and excited to serve as the next president of ASCCA. I have huge shoes to fill from all the previous presidents who have led us to where we are today. Even with all the great things that we accomplished last year, we still have a long way to go.

Last year we gained many new members, had another year in the black, created some cutting-edge training opportunities for our members as well as our leadership, and we have built some amazing relationships with our partners. All so we can provide incredible value to our members and our partners.

Some of my goals for 2019 are to work closely with our membership and build a stronger relationship between the state and the chapters.

We have a great opportunity presented to us by WORLDPAC to reach out to our members and find out where we can be of help to them and how to bring them more value.

We need your thoughts and ideas in order to make ASCCA better than it already is and to best serve you. We need to get the word out to the shops who are not members that ASCCA is “the place to be.”

There is so much value in being an ASCCA member and if we can get that message out to the shops that don’t yet realize what they can gain through membership, we can continue to build an even stronger industry.

I feel privileged to be a member of my local Chapter 24 and can honestly say that ASCCA has made a huge difference in my business.

Our Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF) is working hard to build scholarships through the Cars-4-Careers program. We are looking to give out close to 30 scholarships this year in an effort to address our shortage of qualified people in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Ask me how you can become a donation center or just how to donate to one of our scholarship funds. You can email me at

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and to continue to contribute to the positive growth of our industry. My love of the automotive repair industry is only surpassed by my passion in helping others reach their potential.

I believe we all have the ability to help those around us do just that with our every action, especially when we unite. I look forward to this year of continued growth and expansion for all involved with ASCCA and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.

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