COLLEYVILLE, Texas (April 23, 2013) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has appointed Dan Risley interim executive director, filling the post vacated by former Executive Director Ron Pyle, who decided recently to step down as president and CEO.
Mr. Risley, who joined the ASA in March as executive vice president, said he's "grateful for the opportunity to serve an association with the storied history of ASA.
"The ASA board of directors is committed to strengthening the association through open communication and collaboration. I intend on helping them fulfill that commitment."
Mr. Risley, who has served the industry in many roles throughout his career, came to the ASA after six years at Allstate Insurance Co., where he was a market claims manager. Prior to that he served as executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, the ASA said.
"Dan's leadership and presence within the auto repair industry are just a few of the underlying reasons we believe he is a perfect complement to ASA," said ASA Chairman Darrell Amberson, who also is vice president of operations at LaMettry's Collision in Minneapolis.
"The board looks forward to collaborating with him and leveraging his strengths to better the association and the value our membership receives."
The ASA said Mr. Pyle, who joined the national staff in July 2002 and assumed the role of president in November 2002, will continue to advise the ASA until year-end.
"This transition of executive leadership has been in process for several months," Mr. Pyle said in an ASA press release. "I am very pleased that Dan Risley was willing and ready to assume his new role, because he possesses all the necessary skills and has the enthusiasm and energy required to lead ASA in these challenging times."
Ron Nagy, immediate-past ASA chairman, and owner of Nagy's Collision Centers in Ohio, said, "We know Ron's decision to step down was made with mixed emotions. We understand his choice and appreciate his efforts to ensure a smooth transition."