ASA, NACE and CARS announced that Jerry Burns, president and owner of
Automotive Impressions, Inc., will serve as the NACE 2009 event
chairman. President and owner of C & C Automotive, Aaron Clements
will return as the event chairman of CARS. Each chairman is responsible
for leading an Attendee Advisory Council for their respective shows.
Serving as the NACE 2009 Exhibitor Advisory Council chairman is Tom
Williams, marketing director for CCC Information Services, Inc. a
23-plus-year veteran exhibiting company of NACE events. Both the
upcoming International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and
the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) are sponsored by
Automotive Service Association (ASA) and co-located at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 4-7, during the second
annual Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW).
About Jerry Burns, NACE 2009 Event Chairman
Since beginning his involvement in the automotive collision industry in
1983, Burns has earned the titles of ASE Master-certified Technician
and an Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM). Before his current role as
ASA National Board of Directors Executive Committee chair elect, Burns
has served as ASA National Board of Directors general director, as a
member of the ASA National Collision Division Operations Committee, as
well as held a seat on the Board of Trustees for both CIECA (Collision
Industry Electronic Commerce Association) and the I-CAR Education
As president and owner of his family operated business, Automotive
Impressions, Inc. of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, he and his 15-year-strong
facility have earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Quality
New Mexico (QNM) Pinon and Roadrunner Recognitions patterned after
the Malcolm Baldrige national quality awards. He also won 1998 and 1999
honors with the QNM Pinon Recognition, followed up with the QNM
Roadrunner Recognition in 2000 and 2004 for measurable progress in
customer satisfaction and service excellence. Burns is a 19-year
veteran of the NACE events.
About Aaron Clements, CARS 2009 Event Chairman
Previous to serving as chairman of the 2007 ASA Board of Directors,
Clements, AAM and president of C&C Automotive Inc., held the
positions of chairman-elect and secretary/treasurer on ASA’s board.
Clements has been an ASA member since 1981 and his business is
AAA-approved, as well as a National Institute for Automotive Service
Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence facility. Ninety percent of
the staff is certified by ASE, and 50 percent are ASE master-certified.
A 34-year veteran of the automotive service industry, Clements is an
ASE Master-certified Technician, an Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM)
and a member of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business
Bureau. Clements began his involvement with ASA by serving in various
leadership positions with the local ASA-Augusta chapter in the 1990s.
He later moved on to serve at the affiliate level and was elected as
president of ASA-Georgia in 1999 and 2000. He currently serves on an
advisory board member of the Augusta Technical College and donates his
time and expertise speaking before different groups on how to care for
a vehicle, including hosting a Saturday morning radio talk show. In
2000, Clements was awarded the Carl J. Montgomery Memorial Award for
professionalism and dedication in the auto repair industry. He was also
named the NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year finalist from the Atlanta
region each year from 1995 to 2005. This is his second consecutive year
as the CARS event chairman.