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Automotive Service Association President Dan Risley Resigns to Pursue Opportunity in Home State

For the past five years, Risley has been working remotely between his Chicago-area home and ASA’s headquarters in North Richland Hills, Texas.

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Dan Risley at a recent Collision Industry Conference

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley will be resigning, effective July 13.

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Risley has accepted a position with CCC Information Services in his home state of Illinois. For the past five years, Risley has been working remotely between his Chicago-area home and ASA’s headquarters in North Richland Hills, Texas.

To ensure a smooth transition for the association, Risley will stay on in a consultant capacity until a new association leader is named, ASA said.

During the transition, Risley has named Beth Risch, its current CPA, as interim chief operating officer. Risch will oversee day-to-day operations and report directly to the ASA board of directors beginning July 2.

“I want to sincerely thank Dan for his strong leadership during a crucial time in the history of the association,” ASA Chairman Roy Schnepper said. “His natural leadership talents, his financial prowess and inexhaustible energy led him to govern ASA with success and achievement. I know the entire board joins me in thanking him for his service and commitment to ASA.”

As president, Risley’s navigated ASA through an era of great change and transition. His accomplishments include:

  • Implementing sound financial practices and processes after the association endured employee fraud
  • Adding three new affiliates to the association
  • Expanding and growing the popular MSO Symposium
  • Founding the Advanced Technology Diagnostic Repair Forum, now rebranded as the Technology & Telematics Forum
  • Implementing a corporate sponsorship program, which is a strong revenue stream
  • Partnering with Messe Frankfurt to combine Automechanika with NACE for NACE Automechanika

“ASA has served the industry for more than 60 years, and I’m proud to say I was part of its rich history and success,” Risley said. “I look forward to staying engaged in ASA and contributing to its mission of serving its members. My family has always been my top priority, so it will be nice to be back in my home base of Chicago for the long term.”

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Over the next few months, ASA will be conducting a search to find a new executive director, seeking an individual with association management experience.

“During this period of transition, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead while still maintaining a stable and effective organization,” Schnepper said. “Associations are undergoing enormous challenges due to generational shifts, social changes and technology. It’s crucial that we find the right leader who can address some of those challenges and give us a clear vision for our future.”

The association will be sharing a job announcement soon.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and collision repair professionals.

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