The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its 2016 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, April 14, at the Ramada Plaza, Minneapolis. The event, with the theme “Lead the Way,” offered seminars covering topics from effective leadership, industry consolidation, and authentic persuasion to how to increase diagnostic labor sales and improve workflow scheduling. In addition, there were ample opportunities for networking and socializing with industry peers.
The Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association Ltd (WACTAL) held its 2016 Convention and Trade Show at the Ho-Chunk Conference Center in Baraboo, WI on February 26 and 27.
Over 40 attendees lauded Cada's presentation as excellent.
The 2015 NABA Fall Annual Business meeting was held last November at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska. The assocation said the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer is an incredibly beautiful facility with conference and meeting rooms. NABA President Trevor Emahizer, Plaza Buick-GMC, Omaha, had been a docent at the museum and secured the meeting space for NABA.
On Dec. 2, 2015, the Automotive Service Association (ASA), ASA-Midwest and the Missouri Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP-MO), held the Second Annual Vehicle Safety Inspection Forum. Attendees heard presentations from a number of automotive safety experts, shared their own experiences with safety inspections and collaborated on strategies to improve public awareness of the importance of preventative maintenance.
On September 25-27, ASA-Midwest held their 2015 Leadership Summit in Kansas City. This year's event hosted 30 officers and staff members, and according to Jerry Holcom, the newly elected President of ASA-Midwest, "The Summit is designed to discuss the future of ASA-Midwest, including membership benefits and services, as well as planning future chapter and affiliate events. New association leaders have an opportunity to learn more about ASA and their leadership role, as well as have a voice in the direction of the affiliate."
On September 18 and 19, the Auto and Truck Recyclers of Illinois (ATRI) hosted their Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. According to Michelle Lechner, Executive Director for ATRI, “The meeting went great, and we had a good turnout with 22 yards registered and four walk-ins, plus 21 exhibitors, and we picked up three new members.”
At a time when companies throughout the industry are struggling to find the level of highly-qualified employees they need now and into the future, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) has stepped up to the plate with $50,000 to actually do something about it.
On Saturday, August 22, the Automotive Recyclers of Indiana (ARI) held their 2015 Annual Summit at the Radisson Hotel - Indy Airport.
Sandy Blalock, Executive Director of ARI, stated, "The event went extremely well. Our attendance was up from our last event in August 2014, and the association was happy with that growth. We had 116 registered attendees and 28 exhibitors at our event. I always make it one of my responsibilities during the event and after to elicit from attendees what they thought of the program and how we can improve it next year, but I got only positive feedback from both the recyclers and the exhibitors. This is only my second year with this association, and I take it as a personal mission to build it into a viable and strong organization, promoting the good things about the professional automotive recycling industry."