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Association of Diesel Specialists 2012 – 2014 Leadership Takes the Reins

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Andy Girres, owner/president of Diesel Specialties Inc. of Sioux City, Ia., was recently elected president of the Association of Diesel Specialist (ADS). He began his term Aug. 1 during the ADS International Convention & Tradeshow.

Diesel Specialties, Inc. has been working on diesel fuel systems for over 40 years. Its factory trained staff is authorized to work on Robert Bosch, Delphi, Stanadyne, Zexel and Ambac fuel systems as well as Garrett and BorgWarner turbochargers. They also maintain one of the largest inventories of exchange pumps, turbo’s and nozzles in the country.

Andy Girres graduated from technical school in 1984 in farm equipment mechanics. He worked for Diesel Specialties Inc. in Sioux City, Ia., from 1984 to 2009 as a technician, service manager and then as general manager. In 2009, Girres purchased Diesel Specialties Inc. and now serves as the president but is still very active in all aspects of the business. Girres has achieved master-technician status with Robert Bosch and through ADS’ Tech Cert program. He currently serves on the ADS Technical Education Committee and on the ADS Board of Directors holding several positions, now including the role of ADS president.

Other ADS officers include some of the industry’s leading diesel specialists: Chuck Oliveros (ADS vice president) owner/president of Williams Diesel Service Inc. in Ocala, Fla.; Carl Fergueson (ADS secretary) general manager of the Taylor Diesel Group in Nashville, Tenn.; Laura Rountree (ADS treasurer) owner/president of Industrial Diesel Inc. in Norfolk, Va.

The ADS officers are joined by the 16 members of the ADS Board of Directors who include: Franklin Chu, Electro Inyección Diesel Chú S.A. in Panama City, Panama; Greg Coryell, Power Distributing Inc., Seattle, Wash.; Eduardo Drexel, Combustion Diesel de Monterrey S.A., Monterrey, Mexico; Jaime Goncalves, Stanadyne Corporation, Windsor, Conn.; Jerry Harris, Diesel Equipment Company in Greensboro, N.C.; Chuck Hess, H.G. Makelim Co., South San Francisco, Calif; Diane Kenny, DENSO Sales California, Inc. in Long Beach, Calif.; Simon Lynch, Delphi Diesel Systems, Troy, Mich.; Cam Mandel, Hydraulic Injection in Taber, Alberta, Canada; Paul Marek, Superior Turbo & Injection in Detroit, Mich.; Tom Novak, Robert Bosch LLC in Broadview, Ill.; Ken O’Brien, Cadel in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Gord Reid, N.W. Fuel Injection Service, Ltd., Surrey, BC, Canada; Al Roberts, Turbo Diesel & Electric Systems, Inc., Forest Park, Ga.; Patrick Sessions, Master Tech Diesel Injection, Inc., Boise, Idaho; and Nicole Tucker, Diesel Injection Service, Inc, Madison, Wis.

The ADS Board of Directors will guide the association through its various programs that assist diesel specialist members. Programs include meetings, training and education, business support and more. The association also assists its members by providing a network of support for personal and professional growth.

The Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) is the diesel industry’s leading trade association with hundreds of corporate and individual members worldwide. Its mission is to provide programs and services to its members, which will assist them in achieving success in the operation of their businesses in the diesel industry throughout the world.

ADS members are primarily independent repair shops and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of fuel injection equipment, governors, superchargers or turbochargers. For more information visit the ADS website at www.diesel.org or contact ADS Headquarters at 816/285-0810 or info@diesel.org.

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