Member of the month: Lee Chesnin
Spotlight date: September, 2017
The ASCCA Membership Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Lee Chesnin of BVA Independent Service Specialists as the ASCCA Member of the Month for September 2017. Each month, an ASCCA member is recognized for going above and beyond to support ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice.
Lee joined BVA in January of 1987, after 10 years working for the University of California Irvine in the Media Services department, and a voyage with Semester At Sea as Assistant to the Executive Dean. When Lee came to BVA, they had been a member of ASCCA for five years but were not strongly involved in the association. In the 1990’s, he began attending Chapter 12 meetings regularly and was elected to the Chapter Board in 2002. In 2008, Lee was elected Chapter President and later took on the role of Chapter Representative, both positions which he currently holds. He also enjoys serving on the Membership Committee.
When asked how ASCCA benefits his business, Lee replied “People come together in an association like this to accomplish what they would find nearly impossible as individuals. ASCCA contributes positively to the regulatory environment which we all live and work in, having an influence that one businessman alone could not hope to achieve. As a member, I have seen the success ASCCA has had in killing harmful legislation that if passed, would have negatively impacted our industry.”
Lee also said that ASCCA has allowed him to expand his knowledge. “With the combined experience of our members, there is constantly the opportunity to learn from each other and improve ourselves and our businesses. I am always learning from my fellow members, and I think that is what I like best about being a member. I have found people in this industry, and especially in this association, are amazingly creative, curious, and intelligent. We don’t always agree, but I love the conversations we have.”
Finally, Lee’s most memorable moment came when he was sworn into his Chapter’s Board of Directors by Ron Dyrness. At the end of the ceremony, Lee was surprised to hear that the position came with a car! Lee still has that Hot Wheels muscle car on his desk.
Thank you Lee for your enduring commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have benefited tremendously from your participation, knowledge, and most importantly, your dedication. Congratulations!