DETROIT – Phillip D. Brady, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), has been elected chairman of Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), succeeding GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner.

The election took place at the meeting yesterday of the Board of Directors for AYES, a partnership of automotive manufacturers, dealers and schools to encourage young people to consider automotive technician careers and prepare them for rewarding positions in the field.

“My priority will be to increase dealer participation and involvement in AYES,” said Brady. “This is truly a win-win situation. AYES helps dealers find their next generation of technicians, young people get their careers jumpstarted, and customers get better service from well-trained employees,” he added.

Among the initiatives planned during Brady’s one-year tenure as chairman is a new long-distance Internet-based program primarily for dealers in areas without an AYES school nearby.

AYES, created in 1995 as an industry solution to the nationally-recognized shortage of auto technicians, provides automotive training programs for students in partnership with their schools. Last year, AYES honored its 10,000th mentored intern.

AYES is affiliated with 430 high school automotive programs in 46 states. NADA is a founding member and nearly 4,000 auto dealers support the organization.