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2018 Spring Management Conference will Highlight Succession Planning for Family Businesses PDF Print Email
Friday, February 02, 2018 11:26 AM

2018 Spring Management Conference will Highlight Succession Planning for Family Businesses 

  

GADSDEN, AL –  Succession planning for family businesses will highlight the owner/manager program on Friday, April 20 at the NARSA Spring Management Conference.

The NARSA Management Conference will be held in Gadsden, Alabama, April 19 to 21, 2018. C, G, & J  will host the event and will open their manufacturing facility as well as Brice Thomas Radiator for tours, demonstrations, and shop skills sessions on Saturday, April 20th. Friday’s management sessions will take place at the Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center  in the heart of downtown historic Gadsden.

C, G, & J manufactures a variety or products including charge air coolers, radiators and other specialty heat exchangers. Brice Thomas Radiator is a full-service cooling system and a/c service center that provides services and products for RVs, antiques, passenger cars, farm equipment as well as for racing and high performance.

The NARSA Board of Directors will be meeting at the Mary G. Hardin Cultural Center  on Thursday, April 19. The conference will begin on the afternoon of Friday, April 20. Programming at the Center will include a luncheon, management sessions followed by a table top reception. Attendees may want to come in early to visit the very special Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham. The Barber Motorsports Museum, with its creative architecture and great attention to detail, is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production.

Birmingham is also the closest airport and is 58 miles or 60 minutes from Gadsden.

NARSA Spring Management Conference 2018 Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday, April 19, 2018 • Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center 

NARSA Board of Directors Meeting 

Friday, April 20, 2018 • Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center

Friday’s management sessions will cover succession planning for the business, shop safety and inspections, diesel particulate filters, and product standards. Conference will begin with lunch, afternoon sessions followed by a tabletop display and reception. 

Don't miss special guest speaker, Yoni Danieli with Collaborative Strategies Inc., session on succession planning for family business!  

Mr. Danieli has experience over a number of industries including healthcare, import/export, agriculture, transportation and distribution. This session will be practical and interactive outlining hallmarks of success for achieving family harmony and business continuity. He also has experience with his family’s fresh cut-flower importing and growing business where he had been the Operations and Business Manager. He holds a B.S. in Humanities and Pre-Medicine from UCLA, an MBA (double major Marketing and Finance) from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and he is a member of the Family Firm Institute. 


Succession Planning for Family Businesses 

Session Objectives:

Explore the key elements of an effective succession plan, including:

  • Adequately preparing the next generation
  • Practices associated with successful transitions
  •  Creating a shared vision for all stakeholders

 

Discuss the various steps that any family-owned or closely-held business owner should undertake to plan for the future, including:

  • How to assess whether or not your business is prepared for transition
  • Strategies for mobilizing key stakeholders, in and outside the family
  • Implications for implementing best practices

At the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of the key principles to help them prepare for transition, and the necessary steps to begin the process. This will increase their chances for long-term success and creating a legacy for both the family and the family business for generations to come.


Saturday, April 21, 2018 • C,G, & J 

Saturday’s program is more technical and shop-skill oriented. Special shop rates will make Saturday a great value for NARSA members to bring their staff to learn more about the trade and repair technologies. Tours, demonstrations, tabletop displays will all be held at C, G, & J. 

 

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2018 AAPEX Application Deadline March 16, 2018 PDF Print Email
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:50 PM

Friday, March 16, 2018 is the Deadline to Apply for the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning Sections at AAPEX

- From AAPEX 2018

AAPEX continues to make great strides to keep everyone “ahead of the curve” and it is only with your continued support that we continue to be THE premier event for the automotive aftermarket industry.

AAPEX sold out this past year and is expected to do the same in 2018. Sign up now to be a part of this global event representing the $356 billion global aftermarket auto care industry. Please contact Sandi Kulas at 708.226.1300 ext 19, or email [email protected] with any questions. AAPEX and NARSA are invested in your success, and our teams are here to help you.

 

 
Serck Services Inc. Introduces Engine Carbon Cleaning PDF Print Email
Monday, December 18, 2017 11:02 AM

Serck Services Inc. Introduces Engine Carbon Cleaning

Article provided by Serck Services Inc.

Serck Services Inc. would like to introduce you to Engine Carbon Cleaning, this is a mobile service or can be a service  provided at your shop, the mobile service is more beneficial to your customer as it cuts downtime to a minimal. This service can be offered right across your customer base automotive / truck fleets / off highway / power generation / mines anywhere an internal combustion engine is used you have an opportunity to offer this service.

About Engine Carbon Cleaning

The cleaning service uses regular water which is then converted to hydrogen gas, No chemicals or liquids are used, so nothing that can deteriate gaskets, o rings or react with the metal components within the air/fuel path of the engine.

The hydrogen/oxygen gas that is produced via the Power unit (hydrogen generator) is fed in through the air intake, thus following the air/fuel path through the engine. The gas is drawn into air stream via the engine’s vacuum and through the cold side of the turbo.  It then travels upwards into the intercooler then on to the inlet manifold.  Hydrogen will not clean oil sludge produced by the engine’s own breather system that can reside in the bottom of the intake manifolds and the bottom of intercoolers.

The hydrogen will then pass into the cylinder head collecting dry and loose carbon as it travels into the valve chambers where the oxygen attacks the built up hard carbon on the valve stems and seats at a molecular level and causes it break up over a period of a few days whilst engine is in use.

The gas will travel into the cylinder where it will help clean the injector tips, piston crowns, valve faces and any residual carbon at the top of the cylinder itself.

No matter how efficient an engine is, it cannot combust all of the hydrogen in the chamber and the remainder flows out over the exhaust valves, helping to remove excess carbon in the same way as the inlet valves.  The remainder of gas then travels to the EGR and DPF.  As part of the Engine Carbon Clean cycle we bob the throttle to ensure the valves open and close properly.  Moving onto the hot side of the turbo the process assists in cleaning the waste gates and finally onto the cat (should there be one).  If the EGR or DPF valves are fully blocked with soot then these will have to be cleaned off the vehicle.

Once an engine has been carbon cleaned then the service becomes preventative.  Keeping the engines airways clear will restore power and performance, lower emissions, revitalize fuel efficiency and help to avoid costly repair bills, plus help to extend oil life, DPF and EGR's needing less maintenance and ensuring the vehicle spending less time off the road.

The reason for this is when the airways are not clear, an engine’s ECU will see a demand for power.  Should the fuel/air mix not be correct the ECU will throw more fuel into the engine to solve the power demand requirement.   By doing that the ECU over-fuels itself thus creating more carbon from improper combustion of un-burnt fuel.

This carbon settles in the EGR, DPF, and turbo (hot and cold side) cylinder head choking the airways further. On fleets such as buses or trucks, the ECC service regularity is dependent on the duty cycle of vehicle in question.  When a bus duty cycle has repeated stop/starts the carbon build up is faster and more intense.  We would recommend that these vehicles receive the service at least three times year to ensure the bus is running at its most efficient at all times.  This could extend the buses life, reduce maintenance costs, reduce fuel usage.

Vehicle Service Time

  • Automotive – 30 minutes.
  • Light Truck (white fleet) – 30 minutes - 45 minutes.
  • Class 8 Truck – 50 minutes.
  • Bus / Coach – 50 minutes.
  • Plant & Equipment 30 minutes – 50 minutes depending on engine size

 

 Mobile Service Van 2017 Ford Transit Connect

Different size units available to suit your needs, that work on anything from a 25cc engine up to an Airbus 380 jet engine. 

North American franchise opportunities will be available early 2018. Contract Peter Young via email at  [email protected] for more details. 
 
NARSA Plans Two Conferences and International Tour for 2018 PDF Print Email
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 10:05 AM

NARSA Plans Two Conferences and International Tour for 2018

The NARSA Heat Exchange Meeting Machine is revving up with plans for two conferences and an international tour this year.

Spring forward to the Management Conference

First up will be the NARSA Management Conference in Gadsden, Alabama, April 19 – 21, 2018.  Loyal NARSA benefactor C,G & J Heat Transfer will host the event and will open the manufacturing facility as well as Brice Thomas Radiator for tours and demonstrations. Other programming will take place at the Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center in the heart of downtown historic Gadsden.

C,G & J manufactures a variety or products including charge air coolers, radiators and other specialty heat exchangers. Brice Thomas Radiator is a full-service cooling system and A/C service center that provides services and products for RVs, antiques, passenger cars, farm equipment as well as for racing and high performance.

The NARSA Board of Directors will be meeting at the Mary G. Hardin Cultural Center on Thursday, April 19.  The conference will begin on the afternoon of Friday, April 20.  Programming at the Center will include a luncheon, management sessions followed by a table top reception.

Attendees may want to come in early to visit the very special Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham. Birmingham is also the closest airport and is 58 miles or 60 minutes from Gadsden.

The Barber Motorsports Museum, with its creative architecture and great attention to detail, is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. More than 650 bikes can be seen on any given day, and 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection—from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Indian—to Showa, DSK, and Cagiva. The museum also features the world’s most extensive Lotus collection, anchored by the Lotus 21. The museum also displays rare race cars, including the 1964 Ferrari F-158, in which John Surtees won the 1964 Formula 1 Driver's World Championship. The schedule is listed below: 

NARSA Management Conference • April 19 to 21, 2018
Host: C, G & J Heat Transfer
Location: Gadsden, Alabama
  • Thursday, April 19, NARSA Board Meets
  • Friday, April 20, Conference begins with lunch, sessions and table top displays
  • Saturday, April 21, Tours, demonstrations, table tops at C, G & J Heat Transfer

NARSA International Tour

Plans are just coming together but it looks like it the tour will visit NARSA member facilities in Western Europe, May 24 -26, 2018. Details will be released just as soon as the schedule and destinations are confirmed. 

Fall is for Heavy Duty

There's more to Louisville, KY than bourbon and horse racing. It will be the site for the 2018 NARSA Heavy Duty Heating and Cooling Conference and the 2nd Sharp Skills Competition, September 13-15, 2018.

NARSA is very fortunate to have Roppel Industries hosting the event at its new HD repair shop. The hotel is the Marriott Louisville East which is minutes from the Roppel facility.

Programming will begin on Thursday, September 13 with sessions at the hotel, table top exhibits and reception. Friday, September 14 will see technical and business sessions at the hotel, welcome and orientation for the Skills Competition at Roppel's late Friday afternoon. Friday evening will be open. Downtown Louisville and the popular Fourth Street Live with a variety of restaurants, clubs and activities are about 20 minutes from the Marriott.

Saturday will feature demonstrations, the skills competition and table top exhibits at Roppel's.

Additional plans include a golf tournament, tours to area attractions and a board meeting.

NARSA Heavy Duty Conference • September 13-15, 2018
Host: Roppel Industries
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Thursday, September 13, Sessions, Table Top Displays, Reception
  • Friday, Sept. 14, Sessions, Awards Luncheon, Skills Competition Orientation
  • Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 Sharp Skills Competition, BBQ lunch, demonstrations, table top displays

 

For all NARSA meeting information including sponsorship opportunities, table top contracts, and registration go to: www.narsa.org/events.

 
NARSA Honors Stand Out Young Leaders at the Convention PDF Print Email
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 09:23 AM

NARSA Honors Stand Out Young Leaders at the Convention

LAS VEGAS, NV – Once again NARSA opportunities, innovations and knowledge were front and center at its annual convention at AAPEX.  From board meeting to closing session, the venue provided a great opportunity to hear and see firsthand the vibrant culture of the global automotive aftermarkets.

"Attending AAPEX is a big investment in time and money but well worth it," said NARSA Executive Director Wayne Juchno.  He said that for industry veterans like himself the run up to AAPEX is full of mixed emotions. "You know it can be a grind and in some ways, you aren't looking forward to a lot of that. Once you get there, things change and change quickly. You see old friends and colleagues and meet a few new ones, and before you know it you are totally immersed and enjoying the opportunity. There is so much to see and to know. It is incredible."

Also incredible was the volunteer work some very special NARSA members put into the organization this past year.  NARSA President David Bienvenu in his remarks at the NARSA Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony repeatedly praised the board members for their selfless efforts. He pointed out a new generation of NARSA leaders who he jokingly referred to as millennials only in age.

 
Young Man of the Year Kyle Rickermann, Affton Radiator & A/C Service and NARSA President David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co.
Young Man of the Year Kyle Rickermann, Affton Radiator & A/C Service and NARSA President David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co. 
 

Kyle Rickermann of Affton Radiator and A/C Service was named Young Man of the Year for his all-round efforts as co-chair of the HD Conference Committee, Secretary of the Board, committee member on the Training and Certification Committee as well as a member of the Finance and Spring Conference Committees. In all his activities he has been recognized as a true leader who leads by example and has the overwhelming drive to make things successful.  Committees are the back bone to project development as well as the drivers for fundraising.

 

Left: International Award Rafael Taveras Jr. Of Industria Core S.A., NARSA President, David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co., Leadership Award Robert Duran of Cooling Systems Caribe

Other notable young leaders recognized included Rafael Taveras Jr. of Industria Core S.A. for his work with the NARSA International Tour and the HD Conference.  Rafael received the International Award for his contributions to the worldwide heat exchange community.

Robert Duran of Cooling Systems Caribe and Brady Lange of Maas Radiator were honored with leadership awards for their work on several of the meeting committees as well as the Board of Directors Bryan Braswell of Rocky Mount Radiator & A/C received the Technical Merit Award for his work that resulted in the creation of the module system for collecting and storing technical information. The first module was on Charged Air Cooling with Diesel Particulate Filters targeted for 2018.

  

Left: Technical Merit Award Bryan Braswell of Rocky Mount Radiator & A/C, NARSA President David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co., Distinguished Service Award Edward Moore of TitanX 

These are the young leaders honored by David Bienvenu who called them the future of NARSA. Edward Moore of TitanX was recognized for his achievements in providing content and events for the NARSA HD Conferences and his overall support of NARSA through active participation on the Board. He was honored with a Distinguished Service Award.

Both Rocore and TitanX received Industry Awards for their ongoing support. 

Election Results

The annual election of directors is made each fall at the convention. Chosen to join the Board this year were Corey Roppel of Roppel Industries and Mitch Massey of Rocore. They will serve two-year terms that began on November 1. Current officers will continue to finish their two-year terms which expire in October 2018.          

Other Board Action

The Board reviewed progress on programs and the budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. Programs were proceeding as planned and on budget during the first quarter. The board also re-iterated its support for continued development of training information and on-line training.  It was noted that the newly named Steve White Education Fund was beginning to grow with approximately $15,000 that has been set aside and dedicated to the workforce development initiative.

The Board began laying plans for a more aggressive recruiting plan and the program is expected to kick off this spring.

Perhaps the most influential piece of Board business was its continued interest in the diesel exhaust aftertreatment market. The Board directed staff to add this area of technical and business activity to coverage in print and on-line publications.  Staff will also work with a newly formed committee to develop short and long-range plans to build membership and programming for what the Board sees as a high-growth area for NARSA and its members.

The annual golf tournament had been renamed the Seekins O'Connor Golf Cup Challenge and the first competition under this banner was held at the Desert Pine Golf Course. The tournament was re-named to honor long-time board leader Pat O'Connor who retired from the Board this past year. The first place team was Mark Taylor, Kyle Rickermann, Aaron LaLonde, and Bryan Braswell.

      

 
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