Board Acknowledges Service by Clark Plucinski

Washington, DC: CAPA continues to broaden the expertise of its board with the election of Jerry Kottschade, Jerry’s Body Shop in Mankota, Minnesota and Robert Lockwood, Harleysville Insurance in Harleysville, Pennsylvania. Mr. Kottschade is filling the collision repairer position vacated by Clark Plucinski, who recently completed his second three-year term on the Board. Mr. Lockwood has been elected to fill the newly added insurer position to the Board.

Early last year, the Board agreed to equalize the number of insurers and non-insurers serving on the Board by authorizing an expansion of the Board to seven non-insurers and seven insurers. Subsequently, a seat was added on the Board for the Executive Director, bringing the total to 15 members. This is a change from the previous composition of six insurers and three non-insurers.

At his final meeting after serving on the CAPA board for two terms (6 years), Clark Plucinksi was acknowledged by the CAPA Board and Executive Director for the incredible service he has provided as a board member in furthering CAPA’s goal of providing the market with high quality, competitive parts. “His efforts and insight have made a significant contribution to the improved quality of competitively priced automotive parts. His work has gone a long way to ensure that the American consumer truly benefits from a free and open marketplace,” said Butch Viccellio, President of CAPA’s Board.

“For years Clark has been a strong voice for the collision repair industry, never wavering in his insistence on developing an effective response to the quality concerns of his industry segment,” said Jack Gillis, Executive Director, “Thanks to his efforts, CAPA today is a stronger, more effective and more reliable tool for collision repairers who want both quality and competition.”

Following is information on the two new members of CAPA’s Board.

Jerry Kottschade – Jerry’s Body Shop – Collision Repairer
In 1971, Jerry Kottschade founded Jerry’s Body Shop, Inc. in Mankota, MN and has spent the last 30 years successfully building this business. Jerry has been a member of the Automotive Service Association since 1975. From 1981 to 1982, Jerry served as ASA state Vice President, and then as President from 1983-1984. He has also served as ASA National Regional Director (1985-1986); Director of the ASA Collision Division (1990-1992); Chairman of the Salvage Adhoc Committee (1993-1994); ASA National Secretary-Treasurer (1993-1994); ASA National Board of Directors (1990-1994); Chairman Elect (1995); and Chairman of the Board (1996).

Jerry has also served the collision repair industry outside of the ASA. He has held a seat on the Moog Advisory Counsel (1984) and ASE National Board of Directors (1983-1989). He was Body Shop Business Collision Repair Shop Executive of the Year (1992), and served as NACE Advisory Chairman (1990-1994). He served as a member of CAPA’s Technical Committee from 1995-2000 and was the winner of the 3M/Arms Achievement Award (1985). Jerry is currently a member of the ADP Advisory Committee, CAPA’s Collision Repairer Advisory Group, Allstate’s PRO Advisory Board, I-CAR, and ADP Technical Paint Refinish Committee.

He graduated from Winona Technical College and Mankato State University with a degree in Business Administration. Jerry now lives in Mankato, Minnesota with his wife and two children.

Robert Lockwood – The Harleysville Insurance Companies – Insurer
Robert Lockwood is the Senior Vice President of Claims for the Harleysville Insurance Companies. Bob started his insurance career in 1972 and joined Harleysville in 1982 as a negotiator in the Fort Washington, PA, claims office. In 1983, he was named district claims manager and was promoted to unit manager of auto liability in Harleysville’s home office in 1986. The next year he was named assistant secretary of claims, then vice president of claims in 1989 and senior vice president in 1991. Bob is currently chair of the National Association of Independent Insurers Claims committee, past chair of Arbitration Forums, Inc., and vice president of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.

Bob is a graduate of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. He completed the Advanced Executive Education Program (AEEP) sponsored by the American Institute for CPCU and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bob resides in Harleysville, PA, with his wife, Joyce. They have four children.

The following are the current members of CAPA’s Board:

Industry Name Company Term Expires
Consumer Gillan, Jackie Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety 2001
Consumer Open
Distributor Smeal, Bill Smeal’s Enterprises, Inc. 2002
Distributor Wood, Kim North Star/NECO 2001
Executive Director Gillis, Jack CAPA
Insurer L’Hote, Tom State Farm Insurance Co. 2001
Insurer Lockwood, Robert Harleysville Insurance 2003
Insurer Notte, Nick Allstate Insurance Co. 2002
Insurer Viccello, Henry USAA 2001
Insurer Wilson, Tom Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. 2002
Insurer Open
Insurer Open
Repairer Anderson, Bob Anderson’s Automotive Services 2001
Repairer Keenan, Don Keenan Auto Body 2002
Repairer Kottschade, Jerry Jerry’s Body Shop, Inc. 2003
Advisor Hansen, Kirk Alliance of American Insurers
Advisor Hurns, Robert NAII

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