According to ASA Executive Director and President Dan Risley, “We want to re-establish our Annual Meeting as the pinnacle event for our members to network with the industry’s leadership and fellow members. More importantly, we want it to become a family event. We want our board, staff, affiliates and members to bring their families. ASA was built on family businesses and a family atmosphere. We want our Annual Meeting to embody that.”
“[I anticipate] a combination of business, pleasure and team building. Team ASA is composed of staff, board members, strategic business partners and our families. Building that environment during our Annual Meeting shouldn’t be difficult, as that already exemplifies a culture we have within the association. As the saying goes, ‘birds of a feather flock together.’ The benefit of attending the Annual Meeting is to network, learn and share your knowledge with your peers and the leadership in the automotive service and collision repair industries. You will come to Florida with your luggage and ideas. You will leave with lifetime friendships, tools to help you improve your business, and a better understanding of what ASA does to support the industry and our membership.”
Wednesday’s schedule includes separate meetings for ASA’s Board of Directors and the ASA Affiliate Executive Directors, as well as a Board of Directors dinner.
Following breakfast and a Board meeting on Thursday morning, ASA will host a luncheon and a swearing-in of officers before offering two seminars from 2--5 p.m. Attendees will choose from educational presentations delivered by well-known industry speakers Bill Haas or Richard Flint. The evening will conclude with a Welcome Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Federated Insurance.
Friday morning’s agenda includes meetings for the Mechanical Operations Committee, the Collision Operations Committee and the AMi Board, whose meeting will continue into the afternoon. ASA will offer the option of AMi-accredited training with Bob Greenwood or Maylan Newton from 1--4 p.m.
On Friday evening, ASA will host its Celebration of Excellence and AMi graduation, followed by a reception sponsored by Advance Auto Parts and Illumination fireworks at Epcot Center with a dessert reception sponsored by Autozone.
Risley is excited about the evening’s festivities.
“It’s our one time out of the year to formerly recognize those that give tirelessly back to ASA and the industry,” he said. “We’ll host a reception after the graduation and a dessert reception at Epcot with a private viewing area for fireworks.
“Any time the industry comes together, great things happen. We learn from each other and support each other. As we become better business owners, managers and technicians, the industry and the consumer benefits.”
Sponsorship opportunities for ASA’s Annual Meeting are still available by contacting Risley at danr@ASAShop.org. For more information about the meeting or the association in general, visit www.ASAShop.org.