Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

ASCCA Vendors of the Month

Steven Poole

Spotlight date: May, 2018

ASCCA | Vendor Steven Poole

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Steven Poole of LKQ Corporation as ASCCA’s May Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

LKQ Corporation has been a Corporate Partner since 2013. They are the leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe, and Taiwan. They offer its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited LKQ, Steven replied, “The biggest impact ASCCA has had on LKQ is customers trusting us more than most. This says a lot about LKQ and ASCCA. In my many dealings with customers directly, I have found that many ASCCA members who are our customers whether first time or repeat customers, call LKQ are expecting a much higher level of service due to being an ASCCA member. That says a lot about the integrity of the organization and to the amount of trust put into each of its members’ businesses.”

LKQ partnership also benefits ASCCA members. “Situations have arisen over the years where ASCCA members/customers have needed assistance due to unforeseen failures. While we value all of our customers, being an ASCCA member has perks,” said Steven. “I can tell you when an ASCCA member calls and request for assistance, we do take that into consideration when making a final decision, more often than not, the outcome is positive for both parties.”  

While Steven was just recently given the privilege of representing the SoCal LKQ chapter, he already has a memorable moment. “Watching how ASCCA is very involved in the legislation that affects our industry was a memorable moment for me. Learning about what laws are currently being presented has opened my eyes to the views of those outside our industry, and how they don’t understand the effects they may have on our businesses.”

When asked why other companies should become Corporate Partners, Steven said “Grassroots is a good word to describe ASCCA. Knowing this, companies, no matter how big, should join and support ASCCA simply because it is organized and run by those who understand their industry best. Who better to represent those in the industry than those in the ‘trenches’. It is a good grounding foundation for those that have become successful large companies that have forgotten where the industry began. Normal, hardworking men and women with a passion for vehicles and driven to see the future success of a very competitive yet growing industry.”

Thank you LKQ Corporation for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your partnership and leadership throughout the years.


Mark Mongelli

Spotlight date: April, 2018

ASCCA | Vendor Mark Mongelli

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Mark Mongelli of  

BG PetroSpecs as ASCCA’s April Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

BG PetroSpecs has been a Corporate Partner since 2012. PetroSpecs, Inc. is the distributor of BG products and emphasizes a family of major services — fuel induction, transmission, power steering, brakes, air conditioning, premium oil change, cooling system, EGR, fuel injection, battery, and driveline service.

When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited BG PetroSpecs, Mark replied, “We have gained many business relationships and new customers since joining ASCCA. I personally have learned the nuts and bolts of the independent repair industry from the best in the business. Where else could you meet 20-25 repair shop owners at one time on a bi-monthly basis? Only by joining ASCCA.”

BG PetroSpecs partnership also benefits ASCCA members which includes, well-trained and experienced staff capable of understanding your business needs. Our customer’s employees will receive full training and we are happy to train any new hires as well. BG PetroSpecs reps make regular visits to answer questions and to restock the service products.

While BG PetroSpecs is a state-wide sponsor, Mark has been the Vice President for chapter 1940 since 2015. When asked about his favorite memory, Mark replied, “I think the most memorable moment was when I witnessed the huge amount of heartfelt support from many different chapter members when a fire destroyed a fellow member’s shop.”

Thank you BG PetroSpecs for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your knowledge and leadership throughout the years.


Mackenzie Merz

Spotlight date: March, 2018

ASCCA | Vendor Mackenzie Merz

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Mackenzie Merz of Castrol as ASCCA’s March Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

Castrol has been a Corporate Partner since 2017. They are an innovative company that markets high-performance engine oils and business-building programs directly to independent workshop owners.

For over 23 years, Castrol has been the only major marketer to manufacture its own premium, custom-made additives for its leading passenger car motor oils.

When asked how her partnership with ASCCA has benefited Castrol, Mackenzie replied, “Partnering with the ASCCA has been a huge differentiator for Castrol. It has benefited our business by opening the doors to many independent workshops that in the past we couldn’t get into. Being a part of the ASCCA softens the sales calls. Many times, when the owners and managers found out we were corporate sponsors of the ASCCA, they tended to be more open and welcoming to our discussions. The members within the ASCCA group are big advocates of suppliers that are invested into the association. When they see investment from suppliers, like Castrol, they also see loyalty to the group. 

Being a Corporate Partner in the ASCCA creates mutual gains for all parties involved. The education, legislation, industry, and mindshare the chapter meetings bring is what the automotive industry needs right now. It is important to keep the independent workshop industry thriving. There is a large gap between the current owners and future owners on the independent side. There is the personal touch that many parts of the automotive division are missing. What the auto industry needs now more than ever, is to pass on the knowledge to younger generations to keep this channel relevant. Joining the ASCCA is the first step to growing your business and developing the relationships you need.”

Castrol’s partnership also benefits ASCCA members which includes, training, support, and education. “In the Southern California market, I have presented oil industry knowledge and forecasting for future trends to prepare the independent workshop channel,” said Mackenzie. “Some of the chapter members that attended the presentations became customers of ours. There are mutual gains on both sides. Creating awareness and providing value is our goal for success.” 

While Castrol is a state-wide sponsor, Mackenzie is active in Chapters 5, 12, and 1940. When asked about her favorite memory, Mackenzie replied, “Building friendships with the owners and managers have been the most memorable moments for me. Although I am passionate about providing my customers with the best support and the right products for their facilities, developing relationships beyond the day-to-day tasks is what matters most to me. I’ve enjoyed learning about my customers overall growth strategies for their company, their legacy plans for their business, their hobbies, and their passions. To me, that is invaluable.”

Thank you Castrol for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your knowledge and partnership throughout the years.


John Hartman

Spotlight date:February, 2018

ASCCA | Vendor John Hartman

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected John Hartman of NAPA AutoCare as ASCCA’s February Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

NAPA AutoCare has been a Corporate Partner since 2017. They focus on an integrated banner program that unites everything an independent repair business needs to prosper. NAPA AutoCare has grown to over 16,000-plus independently owned and nationally recognized automotive, collision, and truck service centers, making it the largest single aftermarket repair network in the country.

When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited NAPA AutoCare, John replied, “Very simple – the success of ASCCA members is our success. Seeing their businesses succeed and knowing you helped them get there, makes my job worth it.

NAPA Autocare’s partnership also benefits ASCCA members which includes, national brand visibility, technological tools, state-of-the-art communication platforms, training and employee recruitment resources, member discounts, and much more. The NAPA membership program also strengthens the business relationship between servicing NAPA Auto Parts stores and AutoCare Centers by providing the necessary tools to be successful.

John has been involved with Chapter 24, located in San Diego, since 1999. When asked about his favorite memory, John replied, “Sponsoring and supporting the Automotive Skills day competition at Cuyamaca College. This annual event is in partnership with ASCCA, Chapter 24, and Cuyamaca College – I look forward to it every year.”

Thank you NAPA AutoCare for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your knowledge and partnership throughout the years.


Maylan Newton

Spotlight date: January, 2018

ASCCA | Vendor Maylan Newton

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Maylan Newton of the Educational Seminars Institute (ESi) as ASCCA’s January Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

ESi is a Corporate Partner and has been a member of ASCCA for 30 years. ESi is renowned for providing the independent repair shop with up-to-date full-facility training for their management team and personnel. All ESi training programs target development strategies that finetune and produce professional skills in automotive business owners and their employees.

When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited ESi, Maylan replied, “The greatest benefit of our partnership with ASCCA is its members. The opportunity to interact with a diverse membership to improve our industry is huge. This helps us see the industry from a single person shop to a multiple shop operation. Each member brings a unique perspective to the industry and working together benefits all of us.

“If you want to reach the owners and operators of the automotive industry, this association is a must. Take it one step beyond and become involved, attend the chapter meetings, and participate in team weekends – that’s when you really get the rewards.”

ESi’s partnership also benefits ASCCA members by allowing them to receive special deals on training seminars. “Our experience working with hundreds of repair shops all over the United States allows us to bring the membership different thoughts, ideas, and ways of doing things. Sharing our experiences improves each members’ business.”

During the year, Maylan speaks at as many chapter meetings as possible and enjoys meeting the chapter membership. He also helps ASCCA with their membership drives, open houses, and vendor fairs.

When asked about a favorite moment while being an ASCCA partner, Maylan replied “There’ve been many times in the 30 years that we have been members, that shop owners have come to us and thanked us for helping them change and improve their businesses. In some cases, shops are still in business today because of our relationship with ASCCA and that makes it all worth it.”

Thank you ESi for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your knowledge and dedication throughout the years.


Todd Westerlund

Spotlight date: December, 2017

ASCCA | Todd Westerlund

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Todd Westerlund of Kukui as ASCCA's December Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA's Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

Kukui has been an Exclusive Endorsed Vendor with ASCCA since 2013 as well as a Corporate Partner at the $10,000 level. With a rich history in information technology, Kukui provides businesses a custom marketing platform that integrates each organization's Point of Sale system.

When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited Kukui, Todd replied, 'Partnering with ASCCA lets Kukui be more in tune with what top shop owners are doing to make them successful. It allows us to hear directly from them about their interests and concerns and to understand what else they need to continue that success. This, in turn, allows us to fine-tune our offerings to support that continued success for all Kukui customers.'

KuKui partnership also benefits ASCCA members. 'Because of the insight Kukui has gained through this partnership, we have been able to fine-tune our current and future product roadmaps to deliver products for ASCCA members that are exactly what they have asked for,' said Todd. 'Also, participation in the ASCCA board affords Kukui the opportunity to add our voice to that of the ASCCA organization to protect the interests of all members.

Additionally, Kukui pays any members annual state dues the year they join the Kukui family.'

Kukui has visited every chapter multiple times throughout their partnership and participates in chapter meetings either as a sponsor or a speaker. They do so as much as their schedule allows and will continue to do so throughout 2018.

When asked about a favorite moment while being an ASCCA partner, Todd replied 'During the fires that devastated the Sonoma area, multiple ASCCA members were affected either with damages to their shops or homes. During that difficult, the entire ASCCA organization rallied together to raise money and support for all the affected families. It was an inspiring action.'

Thank you KuKui for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your knowledge and dedication throughout the years.


David Cherney and Shannon Devery

Spotlight date: November, 2017

ASCCA | David Cherney

The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected David Cherney and Shannon Devery of Digital Financial Group (DFG) as ASCCA's first-ever Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA's Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.

DFG has been an Exclusive Endorsed Vendor with ASCCA since May 2013 as well as a Corporate Partner at the $7,500 level since October 2016. DFG is a leader in the payment processing industry, specifically in mobile payments and merchant services. Working as a team, David is responsible for serving Northern California ASCCA members while Shannon is responsible for Southern California members.

When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited DFG, David replied, 'ASCCA has been a wonderful addition to our portfolio as we have received a lot of business throughout the years and it continues to remain stable with a potential for growth.'

'ASCCA members are owners of top shops and top in their fields. If other companies want to work with the best, have loyal customers, and work with members who are truly philanthropic, who give their time and money regularly, then they will love this association.'

ASCCA | Shannon Devery

DFG's partnership also benefits ASCCA members by allowing them to receive pricing that is typically reserved for large-volume merchants. 'There is no negotiating necessary and no risk of prices not being what we promised,' said David. 'We manage sales and services so members have access to us easily. We also reimburse up to $350 each year to each shop who is processing with us. Besides that, we keep the members apprised of news and updates in the processing industry and keep them compliant.'

David and Shannon show their support by being involved with all of the ASCCA chapters. They attend chapter meetings, most team weekends, and summer conferences while giving talks on fraud and industry updates. DFG is also involved in shop nights, vendor fairs, and Christmas parties at the chapter level.

When asked about a favorite moment while being an ASCCA partner, David replied 'It is always memorable when we drive around to each shop and hand out $350 checks just in time for Christmas. Another great part of this association is the relationships we have made with the members and I am grateful to work with the great people of ASCCA.'

Thank you DFG for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your participation and dedication throughout the years.