The ceremony honored the Institute's 22nd class of Accredited Automotive Managers (AAMs). The graduating class of 2016 included 23 automotive service and collision repair professionals who earned the Institute's prestigious AAM designation by successfully completing AMi courses and accumulating a minimum of 120 credits.
This year's event also recognized 59 members of its first graduating class of Accredited Master Automotive Manager (AMAM) designation by successfully completing AMi courses and accumulating a minimum of 180 credits.
The Automotive Management Institute collaborates with training providers across the industry, aligning training courses into comprehensive educational curricula which, when completed, results in professional designations and certificates. The education represented by these programs have proven to make positive impacts on business KPI scores and overall profitability. AMI courses concentrate on seven core areas of business management education: financial management, sales & marketing, operational management, HR and personnel development, IT management, risk management and leadership.
"In their pursuit of professionalism, these graduates have demonstrated dedication to improving their skills and knowledge," said AMi chairman Sheri Hamilton. "I am honored to know many of this year's graduates, and they have placed education as a priority to make a difference in their careers, workplace and industry. This year's class of AAMs and AMAMs are empowered with knowledge to be the current and future leaders of the automotive service industry."
"It was an honor to recognize these two elite groups of professionals and add them to an impressive list of past AMi graduates," said AMi president Jeff Peevy. "It is important to acknowledge the accomplishments represented by the AAM and now the new AMAM designations and its connection to improved business and personal performance. Learning truly is the only source of a sustainable competitive advantage, and this group is a great example of that."