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I-CAR’S CEO and president announces retirement

Since joining I-CAR in December 2010, John Van Alstyne has been instrumental in shaping I-CAR’s growth, vision and success

Hoffman Estates, Ill.—John Van Alstyne, I-CAR’s CEO and president has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2025.

Since joining I-CAR in December 2010, Van Alstyne has been instrumental in shaping I-CAR’s growth, vision and success through his strategic direction and unwavering focus on serving the industry with excellence at all levels. He has led a remarkable expansion of I-CAR’s product and service offerings, all with the goal of better serving the industry. Van Alstyne put I-CAR on the path to financial stability, reinvesting over $46 million to better support the industry, recently building a new technical center in the Chicagoland area that has served as a catalyst for advanced training, research, and development, reflecting today’s ongoing and emerging automotive technology complexities and spearheading a new comprehensive program aimed at improving the industry-critical technician shortage.  

Over the past decade he also led a significant growth in I-CAR Gold Class shops, nearly quadrupling Gold Class shop count to 9,295 at the end of 2023. I-CAR’s success under his tenure has created tremendous value for all industry stakeholders and in turn, has helped to ensure the safety of millions of consumers.

Van Alstyne also successfully led I-CAR through the global COVID-19 pandemic, initiating virtual course delivery and maintaining customer momentum, through one of the most disruptive economic and social periods of recent history.

Jim Guthrie, I-CAR’s Chairman of the Board, said, “On behalf of the board I would like to thank John for his extraordinarily positive and lasting impact on I-CAR, its customers, and its employees. Under John’s leadership, I-CAR has gone through a period of unprecedented growth and transformation, and he has created a collaborative culture that has led to I-CAR receiving national Top Workplace designation the past two-years. These achievements, coupled with his focus on talent development and delivering relevant educational programming, technical information, and services to the industry, position I-CAR for continued success. We are grateful for John’s significant contributions and look forward to working with him though the upcoming CEO & President selection and transition process.”

The board has identified a Selection Committee dedicated to hiring a successor who will continue to uphold I-CAR’s values, drive innovation, and lead the organization into its next chapter of growth.

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