Spiteri’s Auto Service is among the winners of the “Top 10 Websites Contest.”Thomas Ley, of Future Nissan of Roseville, in Rocklin, is the Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.ASCCA President Dave Kusa presents Tracy Renee with the “Special Appreciation” award.Todd Westerlunds is ASCCA’s December Partner of the Month.

Northern California People & Places - January 2018

Spiteri’s Auto Service, of Belmont, Calif., is among the winners of the “Top 10 Websites Contest” by ASA’s AutoInc. magazine. The site, carsupport.com, was selected from more than 130 submissions. The goal is to help other shops employ the internet as a powerful tool and show them how other shop owners use the Web to improve productivity, enhance marketing programs and increase their businesses’ bottom lines. It was noted for features such as “Request Appointment” and “Print Night Drop Form” buttons, as well as a prominent button for customer surveys, among others.

Two Northern Califorians were among 47 automotive professionals recognized in November at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the ASE in San Diego. The I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award went to Kurt Money, of Shotwell Body & Paint, in Petaluma. Thomas Ley, of Future Nissan of Roseville, in Rocklin, is the Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

CAWA has formed a partnership with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to educate California motorists about their warranty rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. CAWA, BAR and DMV will educate consumers using social media, motorist education alerts and newsletters and events throughout the state about their rights including 1) the right to have their vehicle repaired at the repair shop of their choice, and 2) their right to use an aftermarket or recycled part without fear of voiding their warranty.

The online application process for CAWA 2018 scholarships is available now through March 31, and allows students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application each year at www.automotivescholarships.com and receive consideration for several scholarships. Funds for scholarships come from CAWA members and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, see www.cawa.org or contact CAWA Member Services at programs@cawa.org.

ASCCA member Tracy Renee, of Gene’s Auto Repair, in Vallejo, was given the “Special Appreciation” award at the association’s November meeting in Sacramento. Renee developed ASCCA’s membership liason program as part of its membershiup growth strategy.

Sonoma Raceway’s Laps of Appreciation event generated more than $72,600 for the Sonoma County Resilience Fund and the Redwood Valley and Santa Rosa Community Recovery Fund. The December event was designed to give the community an opportunity to thank public safety personnel involved in the response to October’s fires. “Our goals were to raise some money and to provide a fun environment for community members to interact and thank representatives of the agencies who did so much on all of our behalves during the recent fires,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. “I think the event was a success on both fronts.”

Todd Westerlund, of Kukui in San Jose, is the ASCCA’s December Partner of the Month. “Partnering with ASCCA lets Kukui be more in tune with what top shop owners are doing to make them successful. It allows us to hear directly from them about their interests and concerns and to understand what else they need to continue that success. This, in turn, allows us to fine-tune our offerings to support that continued success for all Kukui customers,” Westerlund said.

Former chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) John Dunlap III has joined HyTech Power’s board of directors. HyTech, based in Redmond, Wash., is a hydrogen energy solutions company preparing to launch its first hydrogen product, an internal combustion assistance (ICA) technology, promising breakthrough diesel emission reductions while significantly increasing fuel efficiency and engine performance.

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