The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) announces the members of its 2010-2011 Board of Trustees, with Tony Passwater, AEII, Indianapolis, Ind., elected as chairman.

Other board members include Sheri Hamilton, AAM, ASA-Missouri/Kansas, Overland Park, Kan.; Bob Keith, AAM, CARSTAR, Overland Park, Kan.; Tim McDonnell, Mitchell1, Poway, Calif.; Ron Pyle, Automotive Service Association, Bedford, Texas and Freda Thompson, AAM, Ace Auto Body, Inc., Hartselle, Ala.

AMI Executive Director Toni Slaton, AAM, stated, “These industry professionals provide essential direction and leadership to AMI. I’m pleased to be working with such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of industry professionals and greatly appreciate their willingness to serve.”

The members of AMI’s Board of Trustees represent both mechanical and collision repair shops of varying sizes, and industry associations and companies. Members of the 2010-2011 Board of Trustees were announced during the AMI Board of Trustees meeting, held April 21, in Dallas.

AMI was established in 1989 to answer the demand for continuing education tailored specifically for the business needs of the automotive service industry. The Institute offers the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, the first business management accreditation exclusively for the automotive service professional. To date, AMI programs have attracted more than 178,000 enrollments throughout North America. AMI is a not-for-profit educational foundation to which tax-deductible contributions can be made.

For more information about the Institute, its curriculum, or EXCEL, please contact AMI at (800) 272-7467 ext. 241, or visit the AMI Web site at

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