Lori Johnson Owner of Ladies, Start Your Engines! to Join the Advisory Panel of Ask Patty

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Lori Johnson, owner of Ladies, Start Your Engines! will join Ask Patty as a member of the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women on Ask Patty.Com, Inc.

Ask Patty.Com, Inc., announced today that Lori Johnson, owner and instructor of Ladies, Start Your Engines!, will join the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women for their new woman’s portal, Ask Patty. The Ask Patty website at http://www.askpatty.com that launched June 8, 2006, provides a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics online.

Lori Johnson is an instructional aid and adjunct faculty member in the Automotive Technology program at the Community College of Philadelphia. She has seven years experience as an automotive technician and a new car service manager for a Honda dealership. She has been an automotive information specialist and automotive editor for Chilton Publications/SPX Information Services. She has also prepared test preparation guides for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Johnson holds professional licenses and certifications in a number of areas including Air Conditioning Refrigerant, Pennsylvania Emissions Inspection and Pennsylvania Safety Inspection and is ASE certified. She is a qualified Motorcycle Safety Instructor and is a Pennsylvania State Inspection instructor. Ms. Johnson has a strong record of service to the College and the community. Among other activities, she has served on two Hiring Committees at the college and currently serves on the Teaching Center and the Scholarship Advisory Boards.

Johnson earned a certification in Automotive Technology from Pennco Tech and in Client Server Technology from Penn State University. She has an A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Women's Studies at Temple University.

Johnson’s business, Ladies, Start Your Engines! (http://www.ladiesstartyourengines.net) class for women. Lori teaches her class using venues such as automotive dealerships, colleges, local adult education centers and women’s organizations. She enjoys empowering women with automotive knowledge so that they can feel confident when servicing or purchasing parts for their vehicles and she helps them become a more informed consumer. When she’s not teaching you can find her riding her Harley Davidson Heritage Softail.

In her automotive advisory role, Johnson will respond to questions from consumer women on automotive related topics via the website. The Ask Patty interactive advice blog launched May 22, 2006.

“I am so excited to be working with Ask Patty on the advisory panel,” stated Lori Johnson. “It was so good to find other women who are as passionate as I am about helping women learn about their vehicles. Thank you to Ask Patty for giving women everywhere a place to go to get answers.”

“Adding Lori Johnson to our panel of automotive expert women is a tremendous boost to our already amazing group of women experts,” says Jody DeVere, President of Ask Patty. DeVere continues, “Lori has a great amount of technical expertise and her Ladies, Start Your Engines! Program is a perfect fit with Ask Patty.” According to DeVere Ask Patty provides the safe environment for women to get advice and information needed to feel empowered and confident when they go to their local dealership for car service, repairs, maintenance and to negotiate and purchase a new or used vehicle.

Peter Martin, President of CarsMagazine.com adds, “Lori Johnson’s experience as an instructor with Ladies, Start Your Engines! means she is very familiar the types of concerns voiced by women when it comes to servicing their vehicle. Her knowledge and first-hand interaction with women regarding service and repair makes her an excellent addition”

About AskPatty.com, Inc.:

Ask Patty provides women consumers an opportunity to send questions about car buying, selling, repair and maintenance to a panel of expert automotive women and is a safe online place to share and discuss their car buying experiences. Women can submit posts directly to the Ask Patty website by going to the http://www.askpatty.com. The Ask Patty advisory panel of automotive expert women is headed up by Deborah Renshaw -- professional NASCAR driver, and is comprised of women who hold various leadership positions in the automotive industry.

Women purchase over 50 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States each year and influence 85 percent of the buying decisions, spending over $80 billion. Yet, shopping for and buying a car can be a challenge for women who are first time car buyers or for women who had a bad experience in the past with a car salesman or dealership.

Ask Patty is a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics. Women can Ask Patty for automotive advice on the Ask Patty "Get Advice" blog by clicking here: Ask Patty Blog; Patty will typically reply back to you the same day. Selected questions and answers will be answered by the panel of automotive women experts for the benefit of all women.

Properly armed with the right tools and training your dealerships can increase its share of the largest and fastest growing demographic of new vehicle buyers in the US -- Women Consumers. The Ask Patty Certified Dealer program was designed specifically for car dealerships to attract, sell, retain and keep loyal women consumers.

AskPatty.com is endorsed and in partnership with CarsMagazine.com, (http://carsmagazine.com), a member and 2006 corporate sponsor of the Women's Automotive Association International based in Detroit, MI, (http://www.waai.com), on the Women's Board of the Car Care Council, (http://carcare.org), a SEMA member (http://www.SEMA.org) and a member of the SEMA Business Women's Networking Group.

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