AMRA/MAP names Soltz executive director and president

May 14, 2008

The board of directors of the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) and the board of trustees of the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) have selected Barry Soltz as the organization’s executive director and president.

Soltz, who most recently was employed with CARFAX Inc. as program manager, officially will take over upon the retirement of Larry Hecker on June 30. He is scheduled to begin with AMRA and MAP at the organizations’ Spring 2008 member meeting, to be held May 13-14 in Dallas, Texas.

Soltz previously was president and CEO of the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA).

“We’re very pleased with Barry's nomination and his board approval. His familiarity with our organization will ensure a smooth transition and continued focus on our strategic direction,” says Jack Fischbein, chairman of AMRA.

Charlie Ayers, chairman of MAP, adds, “Our executive search allowed us to review several well-qualified candidates. Barry’s knowledge of the aftermarket and many of our association’s members was a key element in our selection process.”

AMRA’s membership includes many of the largest vehicle repair service providers in the automotive aftermarket. The MAP participating facilities currently total over 9,000 locations and contain in excess of 105,000 service bays.

AMRA/MAP members, in addition to the auto service providers, include many parts and tire manufacturers, automotive service suppliers, data management companies, education and training experts and state consumer affairs personnel.