AOCA HONORS REP. PETE SESSIONS
US Rep. Pete Sessions (R, Texas) was presented with the Automotive
Oil Change Association's (AOCA) Automotive Service Industry Champion
Award at the AOCA's annual congressional reception held this year
on September 14th at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington,
DC. Several congressmen and EPA officials were in attendance. Steve
Christie, executive director of the AOCA, made the presentation.
"[Rep. Sessions] has been at the forefront of helping small
business owners across the country and has been extremely helpful
to the AOCA in establishing an official Superfund Service Station
Dealer Exemption application process for environmentally-responsible
small business automotive service facilities. This award shows our
appreciation for all his efforts," Christie said.
The Superfund Service Station Dealer exemption is a public policy
exemption intended to protect environmentally-responsible automotive
service center facilities, like fast lubes, that collect and manage
do-it-yourselfer (DIY) used oil from the public. The fast lube industry
alone collects over a million gallons of DIY used oil annually.
The exemption covers only off-site pollution caused by a third party.
NEW CEO AT RYKO
Ryko Manufacturing Company, the leading car wash equipment and
service provider based in Grimes, IA, has announced that, following
a significant investment in the company, Scott G. Clawson has assumed
the position of president and chief executive officer of Ryko. Clawson
will replace the founder and former CEO James Nelson. Nelson will
remain active in the business as chairman of the board. The Ryko
management team - with over 160 years of combined industry experience
- will also remain to support the new CEO's efforts.
Clawson was president of Veeder-Root from 1998 to 2001. Under his
leadership, Veeder-Root grew its position in the monitoring-equipment
marketplace and made several acquisitions, including Gilbarco, Red
Jacket, and Gasboy. Clawson's position immediately before joining
Ryko was president of Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a worldwide leader in
petroleum-industry products, services, and software.
"Scott's experience and background will help build on the
successful tradition that Larry Klein and I have worked to build
over the years," said Jim Nelson, who, with Klein, founded
Ryko in 1973. "He is an
experienced global leader with a deep understanding of our industry
and customers. Scott brings with him leading-edge business practices
and systems that will help build upon Ryko's success and take us
to the next level of customer satisfaction."
VIOC DOnates to MED RESEARCH
Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers located in Louisville, Lexington,
Cincinnati, Knoxville and Chattanooga participated in a fundraiser
to support research for Aicardi Syndrome during the week of June
Aicardi Syndrome affects females of all ages, most commonly from
birth to the mid-20s. In very rare cases, men can be affected. Those
diagnosed with the syndrome suffer from seizures, mental retardation,
and lesions on the retina of the eye, which is specific to this
VIOC raised over $9,300 in donations by simply informing customers
about Aicardi Syndrome, which affects 20,000 women worldwide. They
handed out brochures describing the cause, symptoms, and treatments
of the disease and asked if customers would like to give a $1-$5
CONOCOPHILLIPS UPS GREASE LINE
ConocoPhillips Company has announced a new line of premier greases
that delivers key performance benefits from across the Conoco, Phillips
66, and 76 lubricants brands. The new line features a vastly expanded
assortment of grease products that was developed after conducting
a rigorous review of product attributes and applications shared
among the three ConocoPhillips Lubricants' brands.
The new grease line provides customers with greater access to a
wide variety of high-quality greases. It also provides multi-branded
marketers the opportunity to streamline their existing inventories
and pursue new business, according to the company.
AOCA TECH ACADEMY
The second edition of the Technician Academy training materials
of the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) is now available.
The program is designed so that a manager or trainer can periodically
test a student's mastery of the units with short quizzes and hands-on
The material is organized by lube center job functions, including
greeter, upper tech, lower tech, etc. It also includes sections
on customer service and safety in the workplace. All AOCA members
in good standing, who are prior purchasers of the Technician Academy,
will be provided the updated version of the Technician Guide, Trainer
Guide, and Technician Workbook without charge.
In a separate statement, the association announced that it had
signed a contract with On-Line Learning Systems in Toronto, Ontario,
for the development of an online training program, expected to be
functional by April 2005. This project will allow the AOCA to have
its entire Technician Academy accessible anywhere in the world via
the Internet. This will include online payment of fees and automatic
updating of the student database.
PEBBLE'S BEST OF SHOW
A 1938 Horch won "Best of Show" honors at the 2004 world-famous
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The winner, owned by Judge Joseph
C. Cassini III and his wife Margie of West Orange, NJ, is one of
only two Horch Roadsters still in existence.
"This is the second car that we've restored that has won the
"Best of Show" title at the Pebble Beach Concours,"
said Rob Myers, founder of RM Restoration, which is celebrating
its 25th anniversary.
Highlights of the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with
celebrity interviews - including co-chairs Sandra Kasky and Glen
Mounger, the Cassinis, and Rob Meyer - can be seen on an episode
of Meguiar's Car Crazy Television, which is aired weekly on the
SPEED Channel national cable network. Audio coverage is provided
nationally on the Car Crazy Radio segment of Car and Drive Radio.