Senior Services Consultant, AkzoNobel
Tim Ronak grew up in the collision repair industry beginning at age 14 working within his family’s business in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Through his high school years and at the age of 17 became the youngest interprovincially-certified Autobody Technician in Canada. After completing a degree in Economics and Management at the University of Calgary and achieving Canadian Securities accreditation in 1993, he began working for the Canadian Federal Government administering and developing advanced training programs for the automotive industry within Alberta. This opportunity led into a management position with a large GM dealer in Calgary. In 1995, Tim joined AkzoNobel and has since developed numerous seminars focused on operational improvements in the collision center. In 2000, AkzoNobel relocated Tim to Southern California where he continued his passion of providing value to the collision repair industry. His contributions to the industry include: assistance in revising the Alberta Apprenticeship program; frequent speaker at state trade associations and national conferences including NACE, CCIF, and the RDE at SEMA; performance group facilitation; industry-related articles in national trade publications; and actively continues to develop business tools used by collision professionals throughout the industry. Over his 25 years with AkzoNobel, Tim has enthusiastically been a shop advocate in two countries and consulted with more than 1,000 collision repair businesses to improve their overall operational performance.