The ASE said it responded to evolving vehicle technologies and the rapid introduction of electric vehicles with an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) test and the rollout of Electric Vehicle Safety certifications for all transportation industry personnel, including advanced levels for technicians.
The group has introduced various levels of credentials supporting a changing workforce. The ASE Entry Level tests have soared in popularity with Zilke's guidance, the association said.
The ASE also assumed management of the Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES) organization in 2009, and in 2018 merged AYES with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) to form the ASE Education Foundation.
In 2018, the Automotive Training Managers Council was rebranded as the ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC). ASE, ASE Education Foundation and ATMC have all been aligned to support the career cycle of technicians from initial education through lifelong learning, ASE said.
"The ASE board is overwhelmed with gratitude for Tim Zilke building an impactful organization," Homer Hogg, ASE chair and vice president of truck service at Travel Centers of America, said.
"He has led ASE through good times in our industry, and challenging ones, with unwavering enthusiasm and commitment. Under his leadership, ASE has evolved, grown and introduced many new initiatives to support technicians, service repair business, education and our industry overall.
"The industry will also miss Trish Serratore and her passionate promotion of ASE and ASE Certified technicians for so many years. As the familiar face of ASE, she, too, has always had the industry's best interests at heart. We wish Tim and Trish all the best in their retirements."
Johnson brings over 30 years of automotive industry experience to ASE. At Ford, he led all vehicle repair support activities.
"I look forward to working with the great ASE staff to serve our technicians, service providers and car owners and to communicating the amazing mission of ASE. I am honored to take on the mantle of leadership of this important industry organization," Johnson said.
Wagner will be responsible for both new and existing company relationships along with representing ASE to consumer, corporate, government and technician audiences.
Wagner brings a 30-plus year aftermarket background in education and parts supplier representation, including 12 years with the Car Care Council.
At the ASE Education Foundation, she oversaw the field manager network and represented the organization in school, corporate and government relations.