BETHESDA, Md. –
September 7, 2018 – The Auto Care Association announced yesterday the winners of
the 2018 Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award and the 2018 Auto Care
Career and Education (ACE) Awards at its Fall Leadership Days event in Austin,
The Mort Schwartz
Excellence in Education Award is annually given to an individual that demonstrates
a passion for advancing the concepts and programs for education and continuing
education in the North American auto care industry.
Brent Berman, director, training and consumer experience,
Federal-Mogul Motorparts, was selected as this year’s Mort Schwartz Excellence
in Education Award for his stewardship of the Garage Gurus’™ innovative technical
training program. Berman has been involved in the automotive industry for over
25 years, primarily in the technical field evolving from mechanical to digital.
In his 21 years at Federal-Mogul, Berman has held roles of increasing responsibility in technical
training, marketing and now manages the Garage Gurus training group in addition
to the catalog and research team, overseeing critical activities from training,
tech support, cataloging, e-data and digital media. Berman also oversees the
company’s “Tech First” initiative that seeks to simplify and improve the many
touch points it has with all levels of customers.
"Early in my career, I was fortunate to be
able to take advantage of ACDelco's 'DelcoTech' program in Canada, and since
then, understand the positive effect that access to training has on the whole
industry," said Berman. "As Federal-Mogul Motorparts is committed to
training techs through its Garage Gurus program, I am, along with my
colleagues, determined to continue to encourage students to obtain the
technical education they need to build successful careers in the automotive
repair industry. I am honored
to receive this award and thank everyone who made this possible.”
The ACE (Auto Care
Career and Education) Award annually recognizes industry companies that
demonstrate a dedication to investing in the growth of their employees’
knowledge and skills through access to professional development and career
The 2018 ACE Award winners are:
company: Ervine's Auto Repair &
Grand Rapids Hybrid – Grand Rapids,
Ervine's Auto Repair & Grand
Rapids Hybrid is recognized for:
- Opportunities for furthering education is provided to employees through a
variety of methods, including on-site classroom, webinars and printed material
as well as on-the-job training and mentoring.
- Employees have access to a variety of training opportunities, including Auto
Seminars, Napa Auto Care, Auto Value, Parts Plus, Women in Auto Care, ACDC
Hybrid and many more.
- Certification is supported for employees, including ASE and ACDC Hybrid.
company: Aftermarket Auto Parts
Alliance, Inc. – San Antonio, Texas
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance,
Inc. is recognized for:
- Alliance University, its internal Learning Management System, is available to
all members of the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper family. Within this training
system, the Alliance’s online classes help everyone expand their knowledge on
topics such as automotive technology, human resources, safety, sales and more.
- More than $30,000 in scholarship funds are given away every year to Alliance
shareholder personnel and staff. Additionally, all staff and their immediate
family can apply for the Alliance's scholarship. Scholarships include industry
opportunities, such as the Northwood University Leadership 2.0 course.
- The Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Technician of the Year program encourages
their top technicians with the Auto Value, Bumper to Bumper and Confidence Plus
Certified Service Center network to complete ASE trainings, and participate in
live and online channel partner manufacturer trainings.
Customer Service Manager Megan Dineff accepted the ACE award
on behalf of Ervine’s Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid while CEO John R.
Washbish accepted the award on behalf of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.
To apply for an upcoming award, visit
autocare.org/awards. For more information about the Auto Care Association’s
education and professional development initiatives, please contact Amanda
Bischoping at firstname.lastname@example.org