For Immediate Release
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September 29, 2016 – The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Pennsylvania (AASP-PA) recently announced organizational changes that will take effect on October 1, 2016:
- Jeff Walter, current Executive Director, will be stepping down and returning to his family business in the private sector.
- Amanda Henry, current Assistant Executive Director and Advertising & Marketing Director will be promoted to Executive Director.
- Ken Seal, current Field Director for the Central and Eastern portion of the state, and will assume the role of Assistant Executive Director.
Jeff Walter has held a leadership role within the association for many years, beginning with a volunteer position. In 2013, he joined the staff as Executive Director upon the retirement of Jerry Schantz. While Walter will no longer be in the AASP-PA office on a daily basis, he has committed to continuing to work with the association as a consultant with issues related to the Safety Inspection Program. He will continue to represent and be an advocate for our members. “While I am saddened to see Jeff leave the association, I am grateful he has agreed to stay on with us as a consultant,” said Amanda Henry.
Prior to the promotion of Executive Director, Henry served as the Assistant Executive Director, as well as, the Advertising and Marketing Director. Included in her new duties, Henry will continue publishing the bi-monthly magazine and handling any other media/communications necessary for the association. Henry shared that, “I am honored and enthusiastic to lead AASP-PA through this new chapter. With the solid foundation left to me by Jeff Walter, I look forward to continuing to grow the association and I am confident these new changes will afford us that possibility.”
Ken Seal, who returned to the association a year ago, has been named Assistant Executive Director. Seal will continue to work primarily in the field, building membership and working closely with Chapter presidents on meeting planning, while also assisting with events like Shop Survival Summit and working more with our benefits partners. “Ken has been crucial to growing AASP-PA. I am confident that in his new role, he will continue to add value to the membership,” said Henry. Seal is excited to begin his additional duties, stating that, “My heart has always been with AASP-PA.”
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Pennsylvania (AASP-PA) formed in 1955 as the Independent Garage Owners of PA. AASP-PA is a state association supporting members across Pennsylvania. These members are collision towing and mechanical repair shop owners, technicians and students. The purpose of AASP-PA is to educate, assist with legislative issues, provide money-saving benefits, and to generally promote the automotive industry within the state and nationally. For more information about AASP-PA, please contact 717-564-8400.