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New Directors And A New Hire For AMRA

Dave Baier of Monro Muffler Brake will serve as chairman of the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA) board of directors for 2012-’13. He is joined by Lynn Parker of the TBC Retail Group, who serves as vice chairman, and Len Vogt of LENCO, who serves as secretary/treasurer. It’s worth noting that Parker was selected to replace Richard Schossler as vice chairman. Parker returned to the AMRA board in 2011-’12 after previously serving as a director from 2003-’05.

No new members joined the board this time around, as all those eligible for re-election were approved.

Receiving new two-year terms, running through October 2014, are:
Chuck Abbott of UView;
Ricky Jackson of Jiffy Lube International;
Jerry Lott of Bridgestone Retail Operations;
Al Wheeler of Carquest Corp.; and
Richard Schossler of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Rounding out the board are:
Denny Bowen of the Hunter Engineering Co.;
Dennis Johndrow of the Sears Holding Co.;
• Jack McDonald of Pep Boys; and
Dick Laimbeer, an automotive industry consultant and representative of the MAP Advisory Council.

It should be noted that former board member Joseph Henmueller resigned after being hired as director of administration for the AMRA staff. His former position on the board remains open while a replacement is determined.

In related news, AMRA has added Joellen Kwiatkowski as its manager of membership and administration. Her duties include providing membership administration services, as well as coordinating meeting sites for MAP Technical Committee meetings. As a part of her initial responsibilities, Kwiatkowski will assist AMRA with its move in early 2013 from Falls Church, VA to Arlington Heights, IL.

AMRA is made up of more than 9,200 automotive service provider locations and their vendors serving the automotive aftermarket. Through its Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), a technician participation and assessment program, AMRA provides communication standards to be used between the automotive maintenance and repair service industry and its customers.

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