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Friday, 20 April 2018 20:25

AASP-MN Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference Highlights


The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference April 5, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South, Bloomington, MN.


With seminars covering topics on stress management, customer service, top secrets of America’s greatest body shops and how to survive and prosper in the auto repair industry, there was something for everyone. There were also numerous opportunities for networking and socializing with industry peers.

The opening general session, “Bring It,” was presented by Terry Watson of Easify, Inc. Watson’s humorous message gave attendees simple tweaks to keep them profitable and more efficient. He also shared ways to stand out in a crowded marketplace and how to compete on value instead of price.

Following the general session, attendees had the option to participate in roundtable discussions covering 10 topics, ranging from protecting against employee fraud and conducting employee meetings to tech tools that save time and estimating resources. These discussions were facilitated by AASP-MN member experts.

During the lunch and business meeting, members received an overview of recent association initiatives, a legislative update from AASP-MN’s lobbyist, Kevin Walli, and were introduced to the new Board of Directors. A highlight of the meeting occurred when Walli was presented with an award for 25 years of service to AASP-MN and Minnesota’s automotive service industry. 

When presenting the award, AASP-MN Executive Director Judell Anderson stated, “From insurer claims practices and salvage title requirements to sales tax and environmental regulation, Kevin has worked hard to advance legislation for the benefit of the industry. Just as importantly, along the way he’s also stepped up to play defense and stop legislation that would be detrimental to the industry. He is well respected by legislators, staffers and his colleagues at the Capitol. Kevin can always be counted on to give the Association and its members sound legal counsel and political advice.”

The luncheon keynote “Momma Told Me There’d Be Days Like This” was presented by Mark Mayfield. Mayfield is known as “The Corporate Comedian” because he merged his corporate background as a lobbyist and his comedy background as a nightclub performer to create an extremely unique and comedic presentation style. His presentation gave attendees ways to identify their major stressors and techniques to manage them---all while they held their sides laughing.

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