The Board of Trustees of the Automotive Management Institute (AMi), an industry provider of management education for automotive service and collision repair professionals, has announced its appointment of Chuck Searles to the role of President. Searles will succeed Jeff Peevy, who has been President since May 2015 and who left to return to I-CAR as Vice President of Technical Products, Programs and Services in late July.
The AMi said that as President, Chuck Searles will bring to the position a wealth of knowledge from the industry. Before his arrival at the institute, he had been and continues to be an active part of the automotive service and training community for almost 28 years.
Searles began his career as a dealer service technician in 1992, and during nine years in this role, Searles was employed by three different dealers in two different states – Alaska and Arizona.
The institute said the diversity helped expand his skill-set and knowledge base, which eventually led to a Technical Service Support position with Nissan North America in 2001. Over the last 19 years, Searles has served in four different Nissan training roles – Technical Training Instructor, Sales Training Senior Planner, Technical Training Operations Manager, and Technical Training Instructional Design Manager.
“I’m honoured and excited to serve the Board of Trustees and the ever-expanding client base as President of AMi,” said Searles.
“We are ever so pleased to announce Chuck Searles as the new President of AMi,” said Darrel Amberson, Board of Trustees Chair at the Automotive Management Institute. “Chuck comes with an immense background in business management, personal leadership, analytics, organisational development, curriculum design, problem solving and classroom instruction. His relationships and understanding of vehicle manufacturers will be an asset. We are confident that Chuck will oversee the continuing growth and prevalence of AMi, leading it to new higher levels of performance and achievement.”