Meet the New AASP-MN Board Members

The new AASP-MN Board members were introduced during the Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference on March 28 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. Each will serve a three-year term April 1, 2024 to April 1, 2027. Meet your new Board members below!

Ashlan Kaplan took over her father’s business, Cannon Auto Repair (Cannon Falls), after tragically losing him to a heart attack in January 2023. Ashlan has been around the shop since she was a kid and was lucky enough to spend the four years prior to her dad’s passing by his side learning the ins and outs of the business. She enjoys continuing to learn all about the automotive industry and the business itself. She also enjoys being recognized as “Boss Lady” by an awesome team who stand beside her every day. She looks forward to helping Cannon Auto Repair grow and serve the local Cannon Falls and surrounding communities for years to come. 

Outside of work, Ashlan enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their fur babies at the cabin, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and all things outdoors.

Scott Miller is celebrating his 20th year in the collision industry working at Collision Specialists Inc. (Austin). He has been around this industry even longer than that, as his dad ran CSI out of the family home for 21 years before moving the shop to its current location in 2002. 

After graduating high school in 2000, Scott joined the Marine Corps, completing two tours in Iraq before returning home to work at the Austin location while finishing his Collision Repair Technology degree from Riverland Community College. He started on the shop floor washing cars and sweeping floors, moving through the shop as a body tech to a refinish tech and to (his favorite) frame technician. In 2012 he moved fully into the office area doing parts and writing estimates – which he still does today, now substituting parts for trying to develop and improve processes to continue to keep CSI at the forefront of the industry. 

Scott and his wife stay busy with their children and dogs, coaching youth sports, camping and racing dirt bikes all over Minnesota. He looks forward to continuing his work with AASP-MN to learn from his peers and help where he can in this new position! 

Brandon Wistrom took over his parents’ business, Deano’s Collision & Mechanical (Elk River) in 2021. He was born and raised in the collision industry.  He has held numerous positions within the Deano’s organization, including detailer, body technician, estimator, general manager and owner. In addition to his participation in AASP-MN, Brandon serves on the Hennepin Technical College Collision Advisory Board and is part of a PPG Performance Group.

He and his wife have two children. He enjoys golfing, snowmobiling, and spending time with friends and family.

Ashlan, Scott, and Brandon join other members of the Board, which include:

  Aaron Swanson, LaMettry’s Collision, Eden Prairie – President  

  Mike McLynn, Automotive Electric, Grand Rapids – Immediate Past President 

  Randy Notto, Lenfer Automotive & Transmission, Lino Lakes – Secretary/Treasurer

  Paul Yager, Enterprise Mobility, Eagan – Associate Division Director

  Shannon Christian, Shannon’s Auto Body, Brainerd – Collision Division Director

  Dan Gleason, Pro-Tech Auto Repair, Corcoran – Mechanical Division Director 

Want more? Check out the May 2024 issue of AASP-MN News!