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."
One hundred and forty seven people represented AASP-MN at the St. Paul Saints game, Wednesday, August 5, at CHS Field in St. Paul. The group cheered on the Saints to a 6-0 victory over the Lincoln Salt Dogs.
AASP-MN members nearly witnessed history as Pitcher Robert Coe carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and a no-hitter into the eighth.
AASP-MN held their 21st Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 16 at the Tartan Park Gold Course in Lake Elmo, MN. A lovely day of golfing and networking was enjoyed by 123 industry participants as well as 28 event sponsors. Executive Director Judell Anderson noted, "Competition was fierce with two teams logging a final score of 62 (10 under par)."
Recognizing the significant and important role that hiring the right people plays in members’ success, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced a new member benefit program designed to facilitate and enhance hiring decisions.
On May 29 and 30, the Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) held their Annual Summer Outing and Tradeshow at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona, IA. The association also used the opportunity to pay tribute to John Vander Haag and his wife Ruth, who founded IAR in 1957.
Over the course of three days in April, the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) held five chapter meetings that focused on estimating accuracy. Because the technology used on modern vehicles changes constantly, shop owners' responsibilities and liabilities also increase regularly.
On Tuesday, April 15, the Springfield Chapter of ASA-Midwest held their annual Industry Professional and Student Roundtable to discuss “Shaping the Future of Our Industry.” ASA-Midwest is made up of chapters from the following states: Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
On April 15-17, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its 2015 Annual Meeting and Convention at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.
On February 28, AASP-IL held their annual meeting and hosted board elections. Mike Lane, Executive Director of AASP-IL, says, “The event was well-received. Informal evaluation of the event received two thumbs up!”