IGA Announces Changes to Board of Directors

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Four highly accomplished automotive glass business leaders to be added to board

Independent Glass Association

Each is a widely respected and deeply experienced business leader, and together they will provide our board and management team with new insight and perspectives relating to the rapidly changing AGRR industry.

The Independent Glass Association (IGA) today announced that its board of directors has appointed four new members, effective July 17, 2012. The appointments bring the total number of board members to eight.

    The new directors are Rex Altree, founder and managing member of New Image Auto Glass, LLC, Matt Bailey, owner and president of 20/20 Auto Glass, Jared Hoggan, owner and president of AAA Glass, Inc., and Benjamin Weaver, manager of Alderfer Glass Company.

In addition to the new directors, the IGA announces that incumbent directors Corey Hemperly and David Burns have resigned from the board due to personal reasons not related to the IGA or the automotive glass repair and replacement industry (AGRR). The IGA thanks Messrs. Hemperly and Burns for their participation and dedication to both the IGA and the industry at large.

“The addition of these new directors will further diversify the outstanding talents and wide-ranging experience that our directors already bring to the association and industry,” said Alan Epley, president of the IGA. “Each is a widely respected and deeply experienced business leader, and together they will provide our board and management team with new insight and perspectives relating to the rapidly changing AGRR industry.”

Epley discussed the new directors’ backgrounds: “Rex Altree is a respected serial entrepreneur with over 14 years’ experience in the AGRR industry. Jared Hoggan will be an important voice on our board, thanks to his decade plus of successfully running his retail operations and without being a member of any of the network programs for the past 3 years.

“Matt Bailey is a self-taught AGRR businessman with 12 years of industry experience with the last 6 of those years running his own automotive glass retail business. Matt has also been instrumental in the recent South Carolina AGRR legislation. Benjamin Weaver is a highly regarded and influential manager who brings a keen focus to the issues family owned independent retailers face in the AGRR industry.”

“I am confident that the IGA’s members and the industry at large will benefit from all of their talents and ideas, and I look forward to working closely with the entire board and management team as we pursue the exciting opportunities in front of us,” Epley concluded.

“With the appointment of these new directors, the IGA remains committed to sharpening our focus on continued growth and success of our member programs,” said Gary Hart, IGA Executive Director. “We are at a critical time for our industry where innovation is a necessity and with it comes dramatic change. As the AGRR industry leading association for independent glass retailers, we will continue to focus our efforts and resources on the essential steps necessary that will allow the association to deliver the highest level of service and change,” concluded Hart.

As a reminder, the IGA is one of many associations hosting Auto Glass Week 2012 that will be held September 20-22, 2012 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The IGA encourages all independent automotive glass retailers to attend as it will be hosting many interactive sessions and addressing issues such as the ongoing encroachment by third-party administrators, industry standards, sales, marketing and more. For more information about Auto Glass Week, visit http://www.autoglassweek.com. Visit the IGA at Auto Glass Week 2012 in booth #209.

For more information about the Independent Glass Association or to join, please visit http://www.iga.org.

About the Independent Glass Association (IGA):
Through its direct members, affiliate state chapters, and associate members, the IGA is comprised of automotive glass repair and replacement businesses and professionals in the USA and ten countries who work with consumers and insurance companies to provide high-quality automotive glass repair and replacement services.

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