Dan Ninivaggi, of Icahn Automotive Group, will keynote CAWA’s Annual Dinner Gala.The CARSTAR team highlighted how the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are pervasive in the collision repair industry.Technician Curtis Walker, of Valley Truck and Tractor, in Woodland, is a 2019 World Class Technician award recipient.TGIF Body Shop’s Kathy Mello is a Women’s Industry Network’s 2019 honoree.

Northern California People & Places - April 2019

Mopar recently announced its lineup of Mopar “Top Tech” and “Top Advisor” award recipients, recognizing 100 technicians and 30 service advisors out of a pool of 35,000-plus candidates across the nation. Winners included Tech Matthew Langer, of Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Vacaville; Tech John Bottarini, of AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Roseville; and Service advisor Gregory Stebbins, of AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Roseville. Technicians were evaluated using metrics including Fixed First Visit data, survey volume, dealership tenure and training achievements. Service advisors’ criteria included service advocacy survey scores and survey volume returned in relation to peers.

Dan Ninivaggi, CEO of Icahn Automotive Group, will keynote CAWA’s Annual Dinner Gala in Las Vegas the Sunday night before AAPEX/SEMA, Nov. 3, 2019. The Icahn Automotive Group was formed by Icahn Enterprises, which also owns Federal Mogul Motorparts, to invest in and operate businesses involved in aftermarket parts distribution and service. All proceeds will go toward CAWA’s scholarship programs. For more information, contact programs@cawa.org.

CARSTAR introduced a group of seventh-grade students to the San Francisco 49ers Foundation’s STEM Leadership Institute, a six-year curriculum that works to prepare students with high academic potential for careers in STEM through more than 300 extra academic hours each school year. Presented to more than 120 students, the CARSTAR team highlighted how the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are pervasive in the collision repair industry.

Technician Curtis Walker, of Valley Truck and Tractor, in Woodland, is a 2019 World Class Technician award recipient, it was announced by the Auto Care Association in partnership with ASE. The annual designation recognizes technicians who have achieved ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2018 certification test administration. The tests include: A1-A8 (automotive), T1-T8 (medium/heavy truck), B2-B5 (collision repair) and L1, L2 (advanced). There are an estimated 879,000 technicians in the U.S., with more than 250,000 of them holding ASE certification. More than 2,000 technicians have earned the respected status of “World Class Technician” since its inception more than 30 years ago.

Les Schwab Tires no longer has exclusive rights to sell passenger and light-truck Toyo Tires in parts of Northern California. For 52 years, Schwab had an exclusive deal with Toyo Tire USA, which locked out other tire dealers in Oregon and Washington, plus portions of Idaho, Montana, Northern California, and Nevada.

Kathy Mello, CEO of TGIF Body Shop, in Fremont, is a Women’s Industry Network’s 2019 honoree for the Most Influential Women award, which is presented to four women who have notable achievements in the collision repair industry. “This year’s recipients know what it means to have achieved a strong family and work life balance. They continue to be a positive role model in their communities and professional environments, as well as their home, ”said Cheryl Boswell, CFO of DCR Systems, a 2015 MIW Honoree, and Co-Chair of the 2019 MIW Committee. The 2019 winners will be celebrated at a gala on Tuesday, May 7, during the 2019 WIN Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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