The Automotive Service Association (ASA) held its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel and Resort in Orlando, FL, May 2--4.
The three-day event opened on Wednesday with various executive meetings by the ASA Board of Directors and ASA Affiliate Executive Directors. On Thursday, ASA held an open board meeting, which covered a range of reports from the mechanical and collision divisions, ASA’s Washington, D.C., office and ASA staff reports. Following the open board meeting, the new Board of Directors was sworn in for the 2018--2019 year during the ASA Luncheon. That evening, Federated Insurance, an ASA-sponsored benefit provider, hosted an outdoor Welcome Cocktail Reception.
ASA’s new board of directors began their terms at the close of the annual business meeting. Serving the second year of their two-year terms on the Board are Roy Schnepper, AAM, chairman, Butler’s Collision, Roseville, MI; Frederick Hules II, AAM, general director, Tech 1 Auto, Peoria, AZ.; Scott Benavidez, AAM, collision division director, Mr. B’s Paint & Body Shop, Albuquerque, NM; and Darrell Amberson, AMAM, immediate past chairman, LaMettry’s Collision, Minneapolis, MN. (Amberson is serving a second consecutive term as immediate past chairman.)
In addition, Bob Wills, AMAM, Wills Auto Service, Battle Creek, MI, was reappointed to the Board for a one-year term as secretary/treasurer. Dan Risley, ASA president/executive director, also serves on the ASA board of directors in an ex-officio capacity.
The new Board members who begin the first of their two-year terms include: Tom Piippo, AMAM, owner of Tri County Motors in Rudyard, MI, as mechanical division director and Elissa Larremore, owner of CBS 1 Collision based in Shreveport, LA, as general director.
On Friday evening, ASA and the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) jointly held the Celebration of Excellence & AMi Graduation Ceremony. The recognition night honored individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to the ASA mission and/or the automotive repair industry as a whole in 2017, including the board of directors and the work of the mechanical division and collision division operations committees.