Member of the month: Steve Vanlandingham
Spotlight date: July, 2016
The ASCCA Membership Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Steve Vanlandingham of Van’s Automotive as the ASCCA Member of the Month for July 2016. 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.
Steve joined ASCCA in 1996 and has been active ever since. Over the years, he served local Chapter 24 as a board member, vice president, Chapter Rep and president twice as well as working at the state level as board director, secretary, treasurer twice, and 2015 president. He is currently serving several committees and chairs the Policies and Procedures Committee.
Steve started in 1968 at a Chrysler Plymouth Dealership working his way from new car department to heavy line in 12 years. He then moved to the independent side of the trade for four years and felt he was ready to open his own shop in November 1982. Steve has been located in El Cajon, California, for 34 years and his shop is a Star Smog Station, where he is the only smog tech, employing one additional tech and one service writer. His work consists of mostly foreign and domestic automobiles, motorhomes and diesels. Steve also has several fleet accounts that include oil changes, engine replacement, and diagnosis of most types of repairs.
When asked what he loves about ASCCA, Steve replied “I have gained tons of knowledge through ASCCA’s classes, seminars, and summer conferences as well as first-hand knowledge from some of the best shop owner's in California. The camaraderie is priceless and being able to discuss daily issues and concerns with other fellow shop owners is a big benefit. I also take advantage of all the vendor benefits available as well. All of this has made a big difference in my success and business venture.”
“Also, I love being able to participate with shop owners and help make the Automotive Industry better. I love to interact and discuss issues first hand with Members of Congress, Senators, Assembly Members, and others involved in this industry. These grassroots efforts make a big difference, and being able to ‘give back’ is a huge reward.”
Thank you Steve for your ongoing commitment to ASCCA! Our organization and its members have greatly benefited from all of your hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment. Congratulations!