LEESBURG, Va. (Oct. 7, 2011) — Bill Kersten, president of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), plans to retire next March, and the foundation has named Trish Serratore, senior vice president of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), to succeed him.
Mr. Kersten has been president of the NATEF — a nonprofit dedicated to evaluating technician training programs — since 2006 and before that was senior vice president of the ASE for 19 years.
“My time with both ASE and NATEF has been the capstone of a wonderful career,” Mr. Kersten said. “But there comes a time to us all when it's appropriate to step aside and let others continue the work we've begun.”
He will continue as NATEF president until March to complete current projects and assist in the transition to Ms. Serratore.
“As the senior vice president at ASE, Trish has experience with the entire organization and is particularly well-suited to assume Bill's role when he retires in 2012,” said Tim Zilke, CEO of the NATEF and ASE president and CEO.
Ms. Serratore has been with the ASE since 1988 and was named senior vice president in 2007. She will be working closely with all of the organizations within the ASE Industry/Education initiative, which includes the NATEF, Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT).
She also will continue some industry relations activities on behalf of the ASE.
“Following in Bill's footsteps is a tall order,” said Serratore, “but I'm looking forward to the challenge and continuing the work to provide the qualified technicians we'll need now and in the future.”
The NATEF was founded in 1983 to evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for accreditation by the NATEF. For more information visit the foundation' website.