Trust in automation technology is very much age dependent, as younger consumers have a notably higher level of confidence in the technology than their older counterparts, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Tech Choice Study,SM. Trust in automation technology is a critical step toward the future of automated vehicles.

Keiji Kyomoto, a former executive of an automotive body sealing products supplier based in Hiroshima, Japan, and former president of its U.S. joint venture, pleaded guilty on April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to a single-count indictment charging him with bid rigging and price fixing. As part of his plea agreement, Kyomoto will pay a $20,000 criminal fine and serve 18 months in a U.S. prison.

As part of its goal to "enhance the role of women in the collision repair industry," the Women's Industry Network (WIN®) honors at least one woman each year for enriching the industry through their leadership, vision and commitment to excellence through their Most Influential Women (MIW) program.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass announced on May 2 that Duane Rouse plans to transition from day-to-day operations, stepping down as Chief Executive Officer to assume the role of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Rouse will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is appointed.  ABRA has commenced an executive search to find a successor to Rouse.

Officers (one year term)

  • President – Bob Holland (Chief Automotive Technologies)
  • Vice President, Programs – Brian Herron (Drew Technologies)
  • Vice President, Marketing – Jim Fish (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Kevin FitzPatrick
  • Immediate Past President – Tim Morgan (Spanesi Americas Inc.)

Dale Malcolm

Dale Malcolm, market development manager for Equalizer