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The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the scholarships in collision repair that were created to assist deserving students pursuing a career in the collision industry. These awards are part of over $200,000 in scholarships given out in May 2017 by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

The Auto Care Association elected its new Executive Committee members for 2017-18. Executive Committee members serve a one-year term and are elected annually. This Executive Committee was effective as of July 1, 2017.

Recall Masters, Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, announced a partnership with Record360, the leading software for digital asset condition documentation and asset condition management, to integrate its real-time vehicle recall lookup into the Record360 app. Dealers, rental agencies and consumers now have enhanced transparency and real-time updates when returning vehicle rentals and/or during recalls. This also helps both parties avoid unnecessary claims disputes.

The Automotive Management Institute (AMi), the industry's leading nonprofit provider and collaborator of administrative and management education for automotive collision and mechanical service repair segments, announced the development and launch of two new professional designations for the Collision Repair Estimator role.

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protections held a hearing on a bill to advance the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles. Following the consideration of several proposed, ultimately withdrawn amendments, the subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote.

The Auto Care Association submitted a joint position statement to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on July 12 on behalf of the North American automotive aftermarket groups in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is thrilled to announce the location of its 2018 Annual Business Meeting & Conference. To support the board of directors’ and staff’s desire to re-establish this event as a can’t-miss opportunity for members and their families, next year’s Annual Business Meeting & Conference will take place May 2-6 in “The City Beautiful”: Orlando, FL, home to Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and a broad array of other entertaining attractions.

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has awarded 127 students with scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. It was announced July 11 by Pete Kornafel, MAAP, chairman, education committee, University of the Aftermarket Foundation.


“It’s exciting to see that so many young, talented individuals are working very hard to pursue a career in the auto care industry,” said Kornafel. “We are very pleased that the University of the Aftermarket Foundation can assist these students, and others, by helping them with scholarship funds toward their tuition so they can focus on achieving their academic goals.”


Scholarships totaling $188,000 have been awarded to the following students working to become a mechanical, collision or heavy duty repair professional, or who are pursuing a business or engineering degree that will lead to a career in the automotive aftermarket. The recipients attend or will attend a two-year vocational/technical college or a four-year college or university and will each receive a $1,000 - $2,000 award to advance their education.


• Adam Haddad, Anthem, Arizona
• Ahmad Hijazi, Chula Vista, California
• Alec Jobbins, South Lake Tahoe, California
• Alexandra Smith, Valley Springs, California
• Alexandra Soluri, Hillsdale, New Jersey
• Alexis Withers, Collierville, Tennessee
• Andrew Biggs, Warrenton, Missouri
• Andrew Golfos, Daphne, Alabama
• Andrew Norwick, Shelbyville, Kentucky
• Andrew Snyder, Indianapolis, Indiana
• Antoinette Jackson, Port Jefferson Station, New York
• Antoni Olszewski, Ontonagon, Michigan
• Ashley Braun, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
• Augustus Sandels, Cedaredge, Colorado
• Austin Arenz, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
• Austin Dowler, McPherson, Kansas
• Austin Plave, South Lyon, Michigan
• Ben DeMarais, Twin Valley, Minnesota
• Brett Kacerek, Ventura, California
• Brooke Peckham, Rockford, Michigan
• Caleb Fedie, Guyton, Georgia
• Cameron Horton, Conway, Arkansas
• Carson Garcia, Elgin, Illinois
• Charles Rash, Climax, Georgia
• Charles Rumore, Birmingham, Alabama
• Chris Troupe, Fayetteville, Arkansas
• Christopher Hughes, Eugene, Oregon
• Christopher Reinwand, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
• Christopher Rogers, Spartanburg, South Carolina
• Christopher Tkach, Los Gatos, California
• Cody Anderson, Colliers, West Virginia
• Colby Hansen, Ames, Iowa
• Cole Cowher, Roanoke, Virginia
• Cole Wastler, Bucyrus, Kansas
• Colin Brouillard, Plainfield, Illinois
• Dakota Korinko, New Eagle, Pennsylvania
• Danica Ann Surdilla, San Diego, California
• Daniel Ashley, Gates, North Carolina
• David Batley, Gainestown, Alabama
• Dax Frank, Evansville, Indiana
• Dax Peterson, Rigby, Idaho
• Declan Wold, Elsah, Illinois
• Derek Cheyne, Athens, Michigan
• Devin Higginbotham, Michigan City, Indiana
• Dominic Norko, Plymouth, Michigan
• Drew Adam, Waukon, Iowa
• Erik Anderson, Blaine, Minnesota
• Ethan Palas, Ballwin, Missouri
• Evan Tollios, Batavia, Illinois
• Floyd Powell, Benson, North Carolina
• Fredrick Seifert, Twin Falls, Idaho
• Garrett Boles, Oreland, Pennsylvania
• George Williamson, San Jose, California
• German Gonzalez, Lindenwold, New Jersey
• Grace Barrows, Stowe, Vermont
• Hayden Brandner, Meridian, Idaho
• Hayk Karapetyan, Frederick, Maryland
• Heather Varner, Saint Helens, Oregon
• Hubert Celinski, Naperville, Illinois
• Isabella Zacchia, Lakeland, Florida
• Jacob Dietz, Oswego, Illinois
• Jacob Zelasko, Elma, New York
• Jaxen Stewart, Pittsburg, Kansas
• Jerod Sneed, Abilene, Texas
• Jesse Hallock, Tenants Harbor, Maine
• Jesse Toombs, Bolivar, Missouri
• Joel Keneipp, Chatham, Virginia
• John Smith, Skiatook, Oklahoma
• Jordan Harber, Pulaski, Virginia
• Joseph Burger , Mililani, Hawaii
• Joseph Hackenberg, Milton, Pennsylvania
• Joseph Kilsdonk, Moorhead, Minnesota
• Joshua Wilhelm, Holton, Kansas
• Kamran Ahmed, Novi, Michigan
• Kevin Vasquez, Oakdale, Connecticut
• Kyle Andrzejewski, Chesterfield, Michigan
• Kyle Martin, Parma Heights, Ohio
• Kyle Petersen, Mahopac, New York
• Kyle Shepherd, Durango, Colorado
• Kyle Verslues, Jefferson City, Missouri
• Kyson Filiaga, Pleasant View, Utah
• Lateef Biriowo, Brooklyn, New York
• Madison Gremore, Schoolcraft, Michigan
• Madison Lusche, Columbus, Nebraska
• Malorie Dyda, Romulus, Michigan
• Marc Grewell, Joliet, Montana
• Mark Balasbas, Waialua, Hawaii
• Mark Bowman, Conestoga, Pennsylvania
• Matt Ettore, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Matt Strand, Plymouth, Wisconsin
• Matthew Vanderheyden, Green Bay, Wisconsin
• Megan Dietrich, Charlotte, North Carolina
• Megan Eldredge, North Ogden, Utah
• Melchor Mendoza, Goshen, Indiana
• Melina Amico, Rochester, Michigan
• Melissa Lauria, St. Petersburg, Florida
• Michael Cline, Springfield, Missouri
• Michael Guzman, Ponce, Puerto Rico
• Michael Leno, Rochester, New Hampshire
• Natasha Burns, Las Vegas, Nevada
• Natcin Gonzalez, Clearfield, Utah
• Nathan Palfalvi, Oswego, Illinois
• Nicholas Luther, Chesterland, Ohio
• Nicholas VanGorden, Horseheads, New York
• Nicol Henriquez, Los Angeles, California
• Norman Page, Red Springs, North Carolina
• Paige Milem, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
• Quartrina Nathan, Las Vegas, Nevada
• Renae Giertych, Sparta, Wisconsin
• Ryan Hack, Sedalia, Colorado
• Ryan Meppelink, Zeeland, Michigan
• Samantha Adams, Moorhead, Minnesota
• Samantha Cotell, McPherson, Kansas
• Samuel Redmond, Saginaw, Michigan
• Sharnice Moore, Charlotte, North Carolina
• Timothy Kloida, De Pere, Wisconsin
• Travis Krueger, Gladwin, Michigan
• Trevon Garner, Cypress, Texas
• Trevor Cochran, Anchorage, Alaska
• Tucker Hutton, Hobbs, New Mexico
• Tyler Staten, Galloway, Ohio
• Tyler Thibodeau, Salem, New Hampshire
• Victoria Lape, Titusville, Florida
• William Farkash, Seaford, New York
• Zacary Fraser, Nottingham, New Hampshire
• Zachary Pittman, Clear Lake, Wisconsin
• Zachery Miller, Rexburg, Idaho


In addition to the above named recipients, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation also awards named scholarships on behalf of a variety of individuals and organizations. To learn more or apply for a scholarship, visit

About the University of the Aftermarket Foundation
Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has funded millions of dollars of scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket work force. The foundation encourages industry support, including donations for the purpose of honoring or memorializing individuals or otherwise recognizing special events, to help ensure the continued availability of training and education that strengthen the industry. For more information about the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, visit:

Auto Care Careers, a program of the Auto Care Association, has paired with several colleges and technical schools across the country as part of its strategy to connect the industry with the next generation of the workforce.

On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. If enacted, the bill would phase in implementation of the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards, extending the date for final designations under the 2015 standards to 2025.

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