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July/August  2004

Industry Insiders
   people in the news

The Smales Leave IGA
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) has announced that chief executive officer Tim Smale and marketing director Jenna Smale have resigned from the IGA to pursue other interests. 

“Five and a half years ago when we came into the IGA, the needs of the association were much different than they are today,” said Tim Smale. “Back then, the focus was on developing programs and services, growing the national convention, and being a leader of and voice for independents. We have done everything that members and the board wanted us to do, and are fortunate to have been a part of the IGA during an important time in its growth.” 

Kurt Muller, IGA board president added, “We appreciate the loyalty and dedication that Tim and Jenna Smale gave to the IGA and the industry, and we wish them well. Through their leadership, many programs and services were begun, such as the vision for electronic billing systems, the industry’s first group buying program, and a national warranty program. They were an effective voice for independents and helped put the IGA on the map.” 
Former IGA board member Marc Anderson and his associate Sue Johnson have been appointed to coordinate the litigation campaign and manage the affairs of the IGA on an interim basis. The IGA board has been exploring the legal options available to independent shops for well over a year and is ready to launch a lawsuit against a major network actively engaged in illegal steering.

Glas-Weld Names Beyerlein Transportation Director
Glad-Weld Systems, Inc., of Bend, Ore. has appointed Dave Beyerlein as national training director.

“To provide the substantial value-add our customers expect, and also to grow our service to help increased customer ROI (return on investment), Mr. Beyerlein’s expertise in the areas of operational and project management is essential,” said Mike Boyle, president.

Beyerlein has been with Glas-Weld Systems since 1995, and has 15 years of management and ownership experience in manufacturing and retail.

AGC Automotive Names New Supply Chain Manager
Shane Wise has joined AGC Automotive Replacement Glass as supply chain manager for North America. Wise joins the company with a background of auto glass replacement experience in inventory planning, new part introduction and product line management. 

Dwyer Group Hires Bruha as Chief Information Officer
The Waco, Texas-based Dwyer Group Inc., which owns the Glass Doctor and recently acquired Harmon AutoGlass, has hired Jim Bruha to serve as its chief information officer, effective immediately.

Bruha previously served as director of information technology for Harmon AutoGlass, where he worked for more than nine years streamlining systems for the company’s many locations across the nation.

Bruha will remain based in Minneapolis, where Glass Doctor will maintain a facility as a result of the recent Harmon AutoGlass acquisition.

AWDA Names Northup to Direct Segment at AAIA
The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) has announced the appointment of Larry Northup to direct its day-to-day operations, as a segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). AWDA joined with AAIA in January 2004.

Northup also serves as the senior director of segment management at AAIA and assumed the role of AWDA liaison on April 30. He is now responsible for coordinating the segment’s membership marketing and recruitment activities, meetings and conferences, including the annual one-on-one meetings, governmental relations and communications.

Daviero Named Director of Northwood’s University of Aftermarket
Vincent J. Daviero has been named director of Northwood’s University of the Aftermarket in Midland, Mich. effective June 1, 2004. Daviero comes to Northwood from a career in the aftermarket. He will expand and deliver continuing education in innovative venues supporting Northwood’s commitment to the industry.

In his most recent position at Tires Plus franchise division of Bridgestone/Firestone-Morgan Tire & Auto Inc., Daviero produced materials for instructor-led sales training programs. He designed and authored computer-based training modules and installed a Wide Area Network (WAN) based delivery platform. He has conducted over 1500 workshops, seminars, and training sessions and has over 500 hours of college instruction as an adjunct professor.


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