President of I-CAR to Retire

John Van Alstyne plans to retire in 2025 after a successful 15-year tenure.


John Van Alstyne, president and CEO of I-CAR, announced he will retire at the end of 2025.

Since joining I-CAR in December 2010, Van Alstyne has steered it through significant expansions, technological advancements and even global crises, with a steadfast commitment to excellence and innovation.

Under Van Alstyne's guidance, I-CAR, a leading player in automotive training and education, has witnessed unprecedented growth and success. He has led a remarkable expansion of I-CAR's product and service offerings, all with the goal of better serving the industry. He put I-CAR on the path to financial stability, reinvesting over $46 million to better support the industry, recently building a new technical center in the Chicagoland area that has served as a catalyst for advanced training, research and development. Over the past decade he also led a significant growth in I-CAR Gold Class shops, nearly quadrupling the shop count to 9,295 at the end of 2023.

Van Alstyne also successfully led I-CAR through the global COVID-19 pandemic, initiating virtual course delivery and maintaining customer momentum, through one of the most disruptive economic and social periods of recent history.

"On behalf of the board, I would like to thank John for his extraordinarily positive and lasting impact on I-CAR, its customers and its employees," said Jim Guthrie, I-CAR's chairman of the board. "Under John's leadership, I-CAR has gone through a period of unprecedented growth and transformation, and he has created a collaborative culture that has led to I-CAR receiving national Top Workplace designation the past two years. These achievements, coupled with his focus on talent development and delivering relevant educational programming, technical information and services to the industry, position I-CAR for continued success. We are grateful for John's significant contributions and look forward to working with him though the upcoming CEO and president selection and transition process."

The board has named a Selection Committee dedicated to hiring a successor who will continue to uphold I-CAR's values, drive innovation and lead the organization into its next chapter of growth.

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