CQA Announces Retirement of Jo Lynne Parsons, Bill Studzinski Assumes Role as TOP TIER™ Program Manager

Midland, Michigan.  The Center for Quality Assurance (CQA) has recently announced the retirement of Program Manager Jo Lynne Parsons, who has been a cornerstone of the TOP TIER™ Fuel Licensing Program since 2015. “Jo Lynne’s tireless service has been an integral part of the program’s success, and we thank her for her dedication,” said Rebecca Cox, CQA President. 

CQA is excited to announce that William (Bill) Studzinski, recently retired General Motors Fuels Group Manager, has joined its team as the new Program Manager for the TOP TIER™ Fuel Program. With over 35 years of fuel, fuel additives, combustion, and exhaust emissions experience, Bill is well-positioned to take on this industry role.

“We are delighted to welcome Bill to our team,” said Cox.  “With his expertise and knowledge of fuel and engine technology advancements gained during his career at General Motors, we are confident that he will be an extraordinary asset in managing this important program.” 

With both Jo Lynne’s past contributions and Bill’s current leadership, CQA looks forward to continuing its success in raising awareness about TOP TIER™ Approved Fuel across the globe, delivering cleaner engine performance, lower emissions, and optimal fuel economy for drivers everywhere. TOP TIER™ is recognized as a premier fuel performance specification developed by leading automotive and heavy-duty equipment manufacturers with a common purpose: To drive fuel improvements for consumers and the everchanging demands of advancing engine technologies. 

“I’m excited to join CQA,” said Bill Studzinski, new TOP TIER™ Fuel Program Manager. He added, “My goal is to carry on the program’s legacy while bringing fresh perspectives to the TOP TIER™ Fuel Program.” CQA’s licensing programs ensure convenient qualification of materials and expanded global product availability. This guarantees consumers the ease and reassurance of readily available OEM-approved vehicle fuels.

For additional information, contact Cindy Esler, Marketing Communications, at or call + (989) 496-2399.



The Center for Quality Assurance (CQA) develops, implements, and administers licensing programs for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specified materials such as oils, lubricants, transmission fluids, fuels, additives, and greases. By working with CQA, OEMs can focus on developing their next generation of equipment and material specifications, while CQA manages the programs that support those developments.  Through dedicated customer care and the pursuit of business excellence, our mission is to create and administer world-class licensing and quality control programs within the industries we serve.

TOP TIER™ FUEL PROGRAM – The TOP TIER™ Fuel Program was established by OEMs to develop fuel offering cleaner engine performance, lower emissions, and optimal fuel economy for drivers everywhere.

FCA ATF+4® PROGRAM – Marketplace demands and evolving transmission technology prompted FCA US LLC to establish a licensing program for advanced synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid – ATF+4.

IFC VEHICLE FLUIDS PROGRAM – Vehicle technologies are evolving at a faster pace than ever before, placing a greater emphasis on fluid performance, availability, and quality. OEMs established a licensing program to provide consumers with optimized fluid performance to meet advanced vehicle requirements.

NLGI HPM GREASE PROGRAM – The High-Performance Multiuse (HPM) Grease Program is a licensing and product certification program for greases used in various lubricating applications.

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