Change Reflects CAPA’s Continued Commitment to Quality and New Direction; Other Board Changes Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a dramatic departure from its past direction, the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has elected collision repair shop owner, Bob Anderson, President of the Board of Directors. This marks the first time that a collision repairer has held this position.

“I am delighted with Bob’s election,” said Butch Viccellio, CAPA’s President of the Board, who is looking forward to passing the baton to Anderson. “A principal thrust of CAPA’s efforts in the year ahead will be to build awareness and support throughout the collision repair industry, and I can think of no individual better qualified to lead the association in that direction.”

Anderson is the owner of Anderson’s Automotive Service in Sheffield, Ohio and has been in the collision repair industry since 1968. He is past ASA National Chairman of the Board and has served on the ASA Executive Board and Collision Division Operations Committee. He twice served as the chairman of the National Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE). In 1994, he received the Body Shop Business Executive of the Year Award.

“CAPA represents the future in providing competition and quality standards for the parts available to the collision repair industry,” said Anderson, who began his new position on February 1st and is committed to ensuring that CAPA continues to be the benchmark for part certification. “I wouldn’t take on this role unless I was absolutely sure CAPA is moving in the right direction.”

“I have always said that if these parts don’t work for the repair industry, then we are not doing our job,” said Jack Gillis, Executive Director of CAPA. “Bob’s leadership on the board will go a long way to insuring that commitment.”

Viccellio, who served as CAPA’s Board President from January 2000 to January 31, 2002, cited his need to focus on his principal duties as President of USAA’s Property and Casualty Insurance Group, which is one of the nations’ largest personal lines carriers.

Other Board Changes Announced

CAPA also announced additional changes to the Board. Ron Brown, State Farm’s Vice President of Claims, was elected to replace the position vacated by Tom L’Hote, who recently retired from State Farm. Carl Hartman of Keystone Automotive will fill the position vacated by Kim Wood of Keystone. Bill Breslin, USAA’s Senior Vice President of Claims will fill the Board position vacated by Butch Viccellio.

The Certified Automotive Parts Association, founded in 1987, is the nation’s only independent, non-profit, third party crash parts quality certification organization. CAPA certification identifies, for both consumers and the industry, those parts that meet our high quality standards for fit, form, finish, material content and corrosion resistance. For more information see www.capacertified.org.