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AT Faculty and Advisory Committee

Automotive Faculty

Scott Hall, Instructor

Scott Hall has been in the automotive trade for over 30 years. He began as a teenager working in the service station business while in high school, and started his formal education by graduating from Bellingham Technical College in Automotive Technology in 1975. After working in the industry in a variety of capacities in independent shops and dealerships as a technician as well as management and shop ownership, Scott returned to school. Graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Trade and Industrial Technical Education, and Master Certification from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), his teaching career started in 1986 teaching Automotive at Blaine High School in Blaine Washington. In 1991-92 his educational abilities took him to Bellingham Technical College where he taught 1st year automotive students, and in 1993 he joined the staff at Skagit Valley College.

Scott feels most passionate about the level of education that the automotive program can now provide to its students. In 1999 the program was master accredited by the National Educational Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and reaccredited in 2004. In 2003 SVC Automotive was recognized as the number one automotive program in the USA by the Automotive Industry and Planning Council (AIPC). What is most rewarding to Scott is supplying his students with the most current and highest level of education possible and giving them the training and skills to be successful in life.

Ron Schaffner, Department Chair

Ron Schaffner joined the Skagit Valley College Automotive Technology program in 2005. He has 15 years of experience in many different areas of the automotive field. Ron has degrees in Automotive Technology and Automotive Machining, and is ASE Master Certified in both areas.

Some of the experience that Ron brings to Skagit Valley College includes everything from small repair shop technician to production line engine rebuilding. He has many years experience working on farm equipment, but has also spent several seasons working in the professional ranks of NHRA drag racing. Those who know him best will tell you that performance and racing are what drive him in this industry.

Ron enjoys working with students and loves to challenge them in critical thinking. He hopes that students who attend his classes will not only learn industry skills for future employment, but will also learn how to seek out information on their own and become "life students" as they grow in their career.

AT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Bill Cooper, KarMART

Hello, My Name is Bill Cooper, Parts and Service Director for KarMART Automotive Group. It's an honor to serve the Skagit College Automotive Technology program and be a part of this excellent program. My involvement in the automotive area started in high school where I took five basic automotive and vocational automotive classes receiving a 4.0 grade. After high school I worked in motor cycle shops as a mechanic and parts counter sales and management and later served in the Air Force for seven years as a Crew Chief on large cargo planes, C-5, C141, C130 and several others, receiving an Accommodation Medal for my service. During my Air Force career I also worked part time as a motor cycle mechanic in Germany for 2 years with Suzuki. I also managed automotive paint and repair facilities in Washington and Canada for two years. I have been in the Skagit Valley for the last five years as Parts and service Director for KarMART Automotive Group. Prior this position I was a Parts and Service Director in the Seattle area for nine years. Five years prior as a Service Advisor and Service Manager at new car dealerships working with General motors, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Volkswagen. I am currently a Master Certified Chrysler and VW Service Manager. As the Skagit Valley College Automotive Program Advisory Committee Chair, I look forward to working with Skagit College staff and students now and in the future, Its a great organization with great people. KarMART Automotive group is a major employer of Skagit Valley Automotive program. As an employer I have interviewed and hired technicians from other automotive colleges and none compare to the quality of students I see from Skagit Automotive Program, partly due to the well rounded curriculum and quality of teaching staff.

Doug Faber, Mount Vernon Towing

Doug Faber has been a part of towing and repair with Mount Vernon Towing since 1962. After graduation from Calvin College in 1979, he became an aircraft flight instructor. Doug returned to towing and bought Mount Vernon Towing in 1992 and has since bought Lee Myles Transmission and Auto Repair in Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor. Having trained and certified staff is important to Doug. This requirement of the business upholds the standards the community has come to expect from Mount Vernon Towing, Faber Crane Service and Lee Myles Transmissions and Auto Care. The company shares support staff and have dedicated personnel in each area of operation. Doug believes in education and sends staff and himself to classes nationwide to increase professionalism. Doug is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. Tow Times has written an article about Doug and Mount Vernon Towing. He has received several awards for businesses including Washington Tow Operator of the Year, and considers the Skagit Valley College Automotive Technology program a vital part of training tomorrow's automotive technicians. Doug is more than willing to share his time regarding SVC, auto repair, or the towing industry.

Aaron Hardin, Karmart Nissan

 

Rich Marsula, NAPA

Rich Marsula received his Associate Degree from Skagit Valley College and continued the education at Washington State University where his Major was in Business Administration. For the past 27 years he has owned and operated independent stores in the automotive parts industry. Currently he operates four stores which employ over 35 people. Customer loyalty and responsible business has kept his company growing in a highly competitive market. As an advisory board member, Rich would like to welcome anyone with interest in the auto parts industry and invites you to contact him if you have any further questions. (360) 707-9936.

Ken Pike, Pike's Automotive

 

Alan Crim, A&C Automotive Services Inc.

A&C Automotive Services was founded in 2007 by Alan and Christina Crim to provide quality, technically proficient, and comprehensive vehicle and medium truck service to the Skagit, Snohomish and Island county driving community. Alan Crim, having a previous 15 year career as shop foreman, Master Automotive Technician and Service Consultant in Mount Vernon was able to provide a level of technical competence and outstanding client service that is in high demand in the automotive field. In the past four years, A&C Automotive Services has been privileged to purchase the most modern testing and repair equipment available; we are tooled with specialty and factory scan equipment to provide dealership level repairs to 14 manufacturer's vehicles. We have locksmith licensing allowing security system programming on all car lines and Air Conditioning licensing and equipment to handle R-12 and R-134a refrigeration systems. This unique level of equipment, coupled with an excellent cliental, nationwide parts/labor warranty, the most up to date information systems, and loaner cars provided by Enterprise Leasing Company has allowed A&C Automotive Services to meet the highest standards in automotive, medium truck, hybrid and fleet services. We are also very proud to be sponsoring members of the international Automotive Technicians Network (iATN), as well as membership in the Automotive Service Association (ASA), NAPA Autocare, Skagit Valley College Automotive Department Advisory Board and Mount Vernon Parks & Rec Adult Softball Co-Ed team sponsor. At A&C Automotive we encourage and support voluntary technician certification thru ASE training and testing programs (ASE CERTIFIED).

The office staff and shop crew is encouraged by the future in Automotive Technology and is always adding to our facilities capability and equipment infrastructure. Our team sincerely appreciates the support received from our Skagit County neighbors and will continue to provide the outstanding client services all have come to expect.

Melanie Lewis, NAPA

Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I have had the pleasure this year of serving on the Skagit Valley College Automotive Advisory Board. I am so honored that I was allowed to be a part of this group. I received my AAUCT from Skagit Valley College and moved on to take some classes at Western Washington University as well. I began in the automotive industry 15 years ago. I knew a little about cars. I could change my own spark plugs and oil and change a tire. I began working at Napa part time and learned one aspect of the business at a time beginning with the inventory management, accounts receivable, and daily paperwork. I filled in as a delivery driver and I worked my way up to learning to be a counterperson. As our company grew, I became the inventory manager and still helped out with all other aspects of the business. I did take a four year break from Napa to explore my options. I service wrote for Steve’s Automotive during that time. It was a great experience that enabled me to learn more on the technical side of things and see the repair shop perspective. I did go back to working at Napa after that, I truly enjoy the parts business and all of the different opportunities it can provide. I came back to Napa as their inventory manager, and then moved on to manage their Marysville Store. From there I became the area manager for our Marysville and Everett stores. I also became very active in our outside sales area and worked with several of our major accounts in both Skagit and Snohomish County. Currently I am the general manager for all 7 of our stores. When one of our owners, Rich Marsula, retired I stepped up to assist Rob Coogle, the remaining owner in the operation of the business. I have several areas I focus on, including but not limited to customer service, training for our customers and employees, and general operations of the stores. I strongly feel that we need more people in the industry who are passionate about their career choice and have the education to enhance that passion. Programs like the Automotive Technology Program at Skagit Valley College are necessary to facilitate that. I am excited to continue on with the board and see what the future holds for education in our industry.

Kevin Geiger

My name is Kevin Geiger and I am serving on the Automotive Advisory Committee.  I started out in this business through the Skagit Valley College Automotive program, which led to my career as an auto technician for Ford Motor Company.  I plan to use my expert field experience to help the Automotive Program at Skagit Valley College.