ASA Appoints Risley to Serve as Interim Executive Director

COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS, April 22, 2013 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is pleased to announce Dan Risley has been named interim executive director. The announcement comes following Ron Pyle’s decision to step down as president and chief staff executive. Pyle joined the national staff in July 2002 and assumed the role of president in November 2002.

Risley, who joined ASA in March as executive vice president, said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve an association with the storied history of ASA. The ASA board of directors is committed to strengthening the association through open communication and collaboration. I intend on helping them fulfill that commitment.”

“Dan’s leadership and presence within the auto repair industry are just a few of the underlying reasons we believe he is a perfect complement to ASA,” said Darrell Amberson, AAM, ASA chairman and vice president of operations at LaMettry’s Collision in Minneapolis. “The board looks forward to collaborating with him and leveraging his strengths to better the association and the value our membership receives.”

Risley, who has served the industry in many roles throughout his career, came to ASA after six years at Allstate Insurance Co. where he was a market claims manager. Prior to that he served as executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists.

Pyle, who shared with the board prior to the meeting his plans to step down, will continue to work with ASA in an advisory role until the end of the year. “This transition of executive leadership has been in process for several months. I am very pleased that Dan Risley was willing and ready to assume his new role, because he possesses all the necessary skills and has the enthusiasm and energy required to lead ASA in these challenging times,” said Pyle.

Ron Nagy, AAM, immediate-past chairman and owner of Nagy’s Collision Centers in Ohio, said, “We know Ron’s decision to step down was made with mixed emotions. We understand his choice and appreciate his efforts to ensure a smooth transition. Consulting with the ASA leadership in the months to come will be of tremendous value to the board and staff of this great association. We thank Ron for his decade of service to the members of ASA.”

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to, or visit ASA’s legislative website at

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