AOCA Announces Interim President
The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) recently announced Pat Wirth’s resignation from the board of directors, effective September 11, 2013. Jimmy Grant, current vice president and owner of East Ridge Fast Lube Corporation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is currently serving as the AOCA president through the remainder of Wirth’s term. Scott Jameson, current director and manager of Tradeshows and Events at Robert Bosch LLC, will now assume the role of AOCA vice president through the remainder of Grant’s term. The board will appoint a new director to complete Wirth’s term on the board that expires in 2015.
Wirth received an unexpected offer for her business in Virginia. The timing seemed right, and she accepted the offer. Unfortunately, in accordance with the association’s bylaws, she submitted her resignation.
“Pat is an incredibly strong, intelligent and talented businessperson with an incomparable work ethic,” Grant said. “I cannot say enough about Pat and her contributions as AOCA president. Her work in government affairs is particularly notable. The AOCA is stronger in that regard thanks to her efforts.”
Wirth was elected president of AOCA on April 25, 2010, and has been an invaluable contributor to AOCA’s success and growth. She successfully navigated the association through a management change and also shaped the association’s robust government affairs program. Although Wirth will no longer serve as a member of the board, AOCA will benefit from her continued involvement as a Government Affairs Committee member through December 2013. AOCA wishes Wirth the very best in her new endeavors.
Both the AOCA board of directors and staff are committed to delivering on AOCA’s strategic plan while maintaining the positive momentum created at this year’s iFLEX.
“AOCA’s future is bright,” Grant said. “Although I have accepted this new role as president, I am excited to continue my work on new memberships. My plan is to focus primarily on single-store owners (my roots) and have AOCA membership be as valuable to the shop owners’ business as their next oil delivery. I am really looking forward to expanding our reach and informing new partners about AOCA benefits.”
If you have any questions regarding the transition, or AOCA in general, please do not hesitate to contact AOCA Executive Director Meredith Young at 202.367.2396 or via email at: email@example.com
Dennis Coyle is editor at the Automotive Oil Change Association. For more information on membership in AOCA, call 800.230.0702 or visit: www.aoca.org