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AMI, Partners Announce NACE, CARS Scholarship Winners

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The Automotive Management Institute (AMI), in conjunction with Babcox Media, Zurich and the Automotive Service Association (ASA), announced the winners of several scholarships who will be rewarded with trips to Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), featuring NACE and CARS, to be held in Orlando, Oct. 5-8.

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BodyShop Business Magazine Scholarship

AMI and Babcox Media jointly announced that Kristine Linscombe, manager, Hernandez Collision Center, Hinesville, Ga., is the recipient of this year’s BodyShop Business Magazine Scholarship. AMI and Babcox present the scholarship annually to recognize management-oriented members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Collision Division. The recipient receives $1,000 to be applied toward expenses to attend educational sessions and view the latest repair technologies and equipment during the 2011 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE).

Linscombe has worked in the collision industry for four years. She is currently working on completing the necessary requirements to earn the Institute’s Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. When not working in the shop, se contributes his time to various community and industry organizations.

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“I’m honored for this opportunity and look forward to expanding my knowledge of the industry attending the educational sessions and networking events offered at NACE,” said Linscombe.

Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship

AMI and ASA jointly announced that James Noe, manager for Nagy’s Collision Specialists, Orrville, Ohio, is the recipient of this year’s Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship.

Noe has worked in the collision industry for more than six years and is currently working on completing the necessary requirements to earn the Institute’s Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. He is I-CAR trained and holds several ASE certifications. When not working in the shop, he contributes his time to various community and industry organizations.

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Richard Cossette owned Lehman’s Garage in Minneapolis, Minn., and was a charter founder of AMI and a $50,000 Charter Counselor contributor to AMI’s resource development effort EXCEL. He was the first chairman of EXCEL and was a recipient of AMI’s Annual Recognition Award in 1994. He was awarded an honorary Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation in 1997 to further recognize his commitment and dedication to AMI. He also held numerous leadership positions on the ASA board of directors and was active in several industry organizations until his death in 2002.

Westerlund owned and operated Gale’s Auto Center in Blaine Minn., and was a $25,000 Guarantor contributor to EXCEL. He earned the Institute’s AAM designation in 1993, and also served on the ASA board of directors for many years. He was an active member of ASA and other collision industry organizations until his death in 2005.

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As the scholarship recipient, Noe receives $1,000 to help cover expenses to attend NACE.

“The opportunity to attend the education and network with other industry professionals enables me to become a better manager and leader,” said Noe.

Zurich "High Octane" Scholarship

AMI and Zurich announced John Firm, owner, Firm Automotive, Fort Worth, Texas, as the recipient of the Zurich “High Octane” Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes a management-oriented member of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Mechanical Division. The recipient receives $1,000 to be applied toward expenses to attend educational sessions and view the latest repair technologies and equipment during the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS).

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Firm has worked in the automotive service industry for 30 years and has been a shop owner for the last 24 years. He holds several ASE certifications and is currently working on completing the necessary requirements to earn the Institute’s Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. Firm is a member of ASA and currently serves as president for the Texas affiliate. When not working in the shop, he contributes his time to various community and industry organizations.

“As a technician and as an owner, my entire career has been one of seeking ways to improve myself, my business and the industry. I am grateful to receive this opportunity to continue my education and network with other industry professionals,” said Firm.Kristine Linscombe.James Noe.John Firm.


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