During the Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) 71st Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, TN on October 22 through 25, the Iowa Automotive Recyclers Association (IAR) was named ARA’s “2014 Affiliate Chapter of the Year,” an award meant to honor an affiliated chapter of ARA that, through their service and work on behalf of their members and the association as a whole, has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the professional automotive recycling industry.
In November, the Automotive Service Association of the Midwest (ASA-Midwest) held seminars for two chapters entitled, “Are YOU Prepared for a Wage and Hour Audit?” (because it is difficult to understand the Federal Wage and Hour Law) and “ASA-Midwest tries to put a bi-annual focus on this issue.”
On Saturday, October 25, the Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA) held an educational meeting for their Southwestern Michigan chapter at the Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, MI. Designed for shop owners, managers, estimators, paint and materials manufacturers and suppliers, and OEM parts manufacturers and suppliers, the seminar featured three guest presenters who educated attendees on blueprinting practices and the importance of proper documentation.
Many body shop owners are content with making a decent profit, while others are willing to work toward bettering the collision industry in their state. Jerald Stiele, president of the AASP-MN and the owner of Hopkins Auto Body in Hopkins, MN, fits into the latter category. Stiele, 40, is a third-generation body shop owner, who takes pride in offering full and mechanical collision repair.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is on track to break its all-time high membership record this year. Currently, the association consists of 717 members, including collision repair facilities, mechanical shops and industry suppliers. Though AASP-MN primarily serves the entire state of MN, Executive Director Judell Anderson explains that they also “offer an out-of-state membership at a reduced rate and have members in communities bordering MN in Wisconsin and South Dakota.”
R. Scott Weiser, 58, is the lobbyist for the Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA) and works closely with the organization’s Executive Director Janet Chaney to act on behalf of its members throughout the state.
On Tuesday, June 10, the Springfield Chapter of ASA-Midwest held their Annual Industry Night at the Ballpark with over 30 association members and their families visiting Hammons Field to root for the Springfield Cardinals.
Kevin Walli has been the lobbyist for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP-MN) for the past 20 years. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith and Frederick in St. Paul, MN. We got in touch recently to discuss the recent history of legislation that has impacted the collision industry in Minnesota in the past five years.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) legislative proposal—which would have prohibited insurers from specifying or requiring that a repair shop use “specific vendors, distributors, manufacturers, suppliers, business platforms, or internal processes in order to carryout vehicle repairs for an insured or claimant”—was not given a hearing in either the House or Senate Commerce Committee during the 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session.
On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Missouri (AASP-MO) hosted a State of the Collision Industry Report and PartsTrader meeting, presented by collision industry expert Mike Anderson, to help attendees plan how to handle the PartsTrader mandate.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) recently took stock of its efforts during 2013 and declared the year a resounding success. The Association can claim significant accomplishments in each of its four main areas of work: legislative and regulatory advocacy, education and training, member savings and information, and networking. As a result, AASP-MN was rewarded with membership growth of over 6.5% for the year, fueled by an impressive 94% retention of existing members.
On Saturday, November 23, AASP-IL held their 2013 Owners Summit and Annual Meeting at Pheasant Run, located at 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles, IL. Executive Director Michael Lane believes “the meeting went extremely well.” There were 156 attendees present at the meeting, nearly triple the amount that attended last year’s event.
Ohio State Sens. Edna Brown (D-11), Tom Patton (R-24) and Peggy Lehner (R-6) recently introduced Ohio Senate Bill 232, legislation establishing a mechanical shop registration program in their state. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.
The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) was founded at the beginning of 2004 by a group of forward-thinking shop owners and vendors with the mission of promoting "professionalism and consumer awareness of the automotive collision repair industry in the state of Indiana." Near the end of 2004, IABA's Board of Directors asked Tony Passwater to fill the role of Director for the association because they felt it would be best to engage someone who was not a shop owner or vendor to grow the organization for the future. Passwater notes that, at the association's conception, "it had been almost eight to ten years since the last association had folded, and the timing was right."