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AGSC Has Two New Board Members
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) has two new board members, elected during the board’s recent meeting in San Diego.
Keith Beveridge of Novus Inc. and Mike Schenian of City Auto Glass, both in Minneapolis, were each elected to three-year terms.
Beveridge has been with Novus Inc. for the last 16 years and currently serves as senior vice president of the company. In addition, he has experience with Dow Automotive and Pilkington North America, and has been in the industry for more than 25 years.
Schenian has served the role of president of City Auto Glass since 1986, when he took over for his father, Dale Schenian, who retired at that time.
“We are thrilled to have both Keith and Mike joining the board,” says AGSC president Debra Levy. “They each bring deep knowledge of the industry, many years of experience and a strong commitment to safety to their new roles.”
AGSC Appoints New Director of Operations
The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) has hired Kathy Bimber to serve as director of operations. Bimber will work alongside Vincent LaMarco, who serves as the manager of AGSC’s technician certification program.
Bimber brings years of administrative work in several different fields to the position. Early in her career, Bimber worked as the assistant director of financial aid at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill. Later on she worked for a financial services company and then a medical supply company before returning to the world of academia, with a position in student development at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.
Bimber is no stranger to the auto glass industry, having worked at various trade shows over the years, including the recent Auto Glass Week™ event in Louisville, Ky., in September 2012.
“I am excited about this new opportunity with the Auto Glass Safety Council, and I look forward to working with the AGSC-Registered Companies and their technicians,” says Bimber.
Marketing Committee Works to Update Brochures
The Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) marketing committee has been hard at work the last several months, as it currently is developing a new consumer-oriented brochure, along with a marketing checklist for AGSC-Registered members to use.
“With the name change we needed to update these pieces anyway so we started with the ‘Safety Signs’ brochure last summer and that project expanded into a review of the remaining brochures,” says marketing chair Nik Frye.
“In addition we are also creating a script members can use to help them easily explain the benefits of the AGSC registration to their customers. We are finalizing these documents now and once approved by the board we look forward to making them available to members as soon as possible.”
The marketing committee also recently gained a new member. Jon Fransway, a Minnesota-based insurance agent who learned the importance of proper windshield installations first-hand when he lost his sister, Jeanne, in an accident in 1999, has joined the committee.
“We are always looking for new ideas and better ways to promote the AGSC mission and there is no one better at that than Jon Fransway,” says Frye. “In addition to being a Carl Tompkins Award recipient for the great work he has done for our cause, Jon has always been ready to help us in the past with projects ranging from the validation video we produced in 2010, supporting consumer awareness programs, appearing on investigative news reports around the country and providing input on other projects. When I asked Jon to join the committee he readily accepted and his participation is already making a difference. We greatly appreciate Jon’s commitment to safety and everyone on the committee looks forward to working with Jon.”
Looking ahead, Frye has high hopes for the committee’s work.
“The AGSC continues to find new ways to spread our message to consumers and the insurance and fleet industries,” says Frye. “The member script we are developing is a tool members can use to explain to their customers why using an AGSC-Registered company is important to their safety.”
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