Glenn Davis, GDA Enterprises, Upland, CA
Glenn is a member of Chapter 14 (Inland Empire) and chairman of the ASCEF. Click here to learn more about the ASCEF
In his own words:
Thank you all for your kind words,I never imagined the path I would take when I first attended an ASCCA meeting in Chapter 5 back when I was a 22-year old shop owner. The evening is still etched in my memory as if it happened last night. Through the years (into my 30th year now as an ASCCA member), I have met and been mentored by the real icons of our industry. I learned the fine art of leadership from the likes of Larry Moore, Tom Ward, Chet Stilbower, Ron Dyrness,Jim O’Neill, Allen Cherko, Dan Fogle, Mike Mahneke and Robert Salerno. I hope one day I too will be able pass those things on to the next generation of ASCCA shop owners and leaders.
ASCCA has been around since 1940. Lots of names, lots of faces have come and gone, lots of battles (Trevor Law Group, CARB super warranty, SB 1146 – the nations fist right-to-repair legislation, SB750-BMW key coding) and others have been fought and won on the backs of the best grass roots government affairs efforts our industry has ever seen. Did I mention that the inventor of the OBDII connector was an ASCCA member (Jack Heyler)? ASCCA members did all of that! We continue today with this commitment to our industry and our members.
Because of our commitment to our industry, ASCCA is the only state organization of its kind to hold a seat on the national board of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force). Our own Allen Pennebaker (former ASCCA president) serves as president of this prestigious group. See.. ASCCA has extended to national prominence (again).
Ours is a fraternal order of professional-minded business owners that know servicing and repairing our customers vehicles should be done with respect, dignity and honesty. Our 10-point code of ethics remind us each day to strive to hold to the intentions our founding fathers had envisioned on that cold garage floor back in 1940.
We are unique. ASCCA has a larger network of local chapters than any other trade association of its kind. This is where the ASCCA Advantage is on display for everyone to observe and be part of. That web of inter-connectivity that binds us for the last 74 years. The chapter experience is where the we stay informed, get involved and strive to become great leaders. ASCCA would be just another trade association without this network of members.
I would be derelict in my duties of I didn’t mention the real back bone of ASCCA… the women of ASCCA. Names like Carol Bartel and Moonyean Kistler, two of the finest Government Affairs Chairs ASCCA has ever had. Carol.. the ONLY two-time female president. Of course where would we be without the ASCETTS. They used to be called the women’s auxillary (a very outdated phrase). Without these women (Dee Cherko, Pat Dyrness, Laurie Moore, Elaine Salerno and others) ASCEF would never have been a reality. ASCEF has given out hundreds of thousand of dollars in awards since it’s inception. Their vision of creating the next generation of technicians and shop owners through scholarships truly make them candidates for the ASCCA hall of fame in my mind.
One last thought. For those of us blessed enough to know Maxine Jones…The First lady of ASCCA, we could not have done all of the things we did without her energy. She was and still is Janey-on-the spot. She has been there for ASCCA for most of ASCCA’s existence and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.