Tim Ronak, Senior Services Consultant for AkzoNobel, has joined CIECA’s Board of Trustees. Ronak will represent the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), a national organisation dedicated to educating, informing, and representing collision repair professionals in all aspects of the industry.
“I’m excited to be part of the CIECA Board of Trustees and help develop and promote the next generation of industry standards,” Ronak said. “Without a common set of criteria, everyone may have different expectations. By standardising the communication, we can work to ensure everyone communicates the same intended message.”
Paul Barry, CIECA’s Executive Director, said Ronak is highly engaged in the industry and brings great knowledge and perspective to the board. “His energy and enthusiasm will be a real asset to the organisation,” Barry added.
Ronak was elected to the SCRS’s volunteer board in 2015 and then to the executive committee in 2017. After completing a maximum board term limit according to SCRS’s bylaws, he was asked to represent the SCRS on CIECA’s Board of Trustees. During his career, Ronak assisted multiple industry trade associations, including the California Autobody Association, the Auto Body Association of Texas, and the Canadian Collision Industry Forum.
Ronak grew up working in a family-owned body shop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he received an interprovincial and red seal (national) certification for collision repair. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in finance, he worked for the federal government developing training programmes for the automotive industry and managing large collision centres. In 2000, he relocated to the United States with AkzoNobel and has been based in southern California since.
In his current role as a senior services consultant in AkzoNobel’s Car Refinish Division, Ronak manages prominent accounts in the west coast region and nationally. He is a senior facilitator of the Acoat Selected National Performance Group programme and consults on-site with collision facility owners and managers nationally to implement company strategies. In addition, Ronak develops and delivers multiple collision repair-specific training programmes and related business tools. He is also a member of CIECA’s Emerging Technologies Committee.
“Through my participation, I hope to encourage collision repairers and other industry stakeholders to also become active and get involved in steering the direction of the industry’s future,” Ronak said.