AutoBody America announced that Michael P. Bernard
has joined the company as chief financial officer. He will take over for Will
Johnston, who continues to serve as the company’s chief operating officer.
Bernard most recently served as midwest regional
president as well as vice president of finance for True2Form Collision Repair
Centers prior to its merger with the Boyd Group. During his tenure, he was
responsible for all operating aspects of 10 stores in two Ohio markets, as well
as strategic financial initiatives for the company. With over 30 years of
experience, Bernard has held various other senior executive positions with both
public and private growth-oriented companies and has been active in the
collision industry for over 10 years.
A certified public accountant (North Carolina), Bernard
received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of South
Florida. He’s also a graduate of the Leadership Charlotte Class XI.
"We are pleased to have Mike join the AutoBody
America team," said Patrick James, chief executive officer. "Mike’s
breadth of knowledge and experience in finance, raising capital, acquisitions
and enhancing shareholder value will enable our operation’s team to remain
laser focused on current operations while looking for future growth."
AutoBody America has 13 locations in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, and is
scheduled to open three additional stores in the first quarter of 2011.