ASE Names New Leadership for 2017

Posted on January 10, 2017

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has named four officers to its board of directors and elected two people to its board of governors.

The new directors and their positions are:

  • Jeff Walker, owner of Walker Automotive Service in Pleasantville, N.J., chairman;
  • Ted Hayes, owner, Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Lawrenceville, Ga., vice chair;
  • Tom Trisdale, general manager, customer quality services, Toyota Motor North America in Torrance, Calif., treasurer; and
  • Bobby Bassett, manager of training automotive Aftermarket, North America, Gates Corp. in Ridgeland, Miss., secretary.

Mike Durkin, general director, retail dealer channel, GM customer care and aftersales in Grand Blanc, Mich., serves as past chair.

Joining the ASE board of governors for 2017 are Paul Mathias, western area technical training manager, Nissan in Ontario, Calif., and Roger Mesiemore, director of service and collision operations, Hendrick Automotive Group in Charlotte, N.C.

We welcome our new governors,” saysTim Zilke, ASE president and CEO.

“The leadership of the ASE board is vital to ensuring that ASE keeps pace with our changing industry. We are grateful for the commitment of ASE’s all-volunteer board, and the ongoing support of ASE’s mission by the companies that encourage such talented people to work through ASE for the betterment of our entire industry."

ASE was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals.

Today, there are approximately 300,000 ASE certified professionals working in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country.

In addition, over 50,000 students currently hold ASE student certification credentials. For more information about ASE, visit

Related Topics: ASE, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellen, Tim Zilke

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