Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:18

ASA’s Annual Business Meeting Mixes Business with Pleasure


Honorees included:

Scott Benavidez, AAM, owner of Mr. B’s Paint & Body Shop in Albuquerque, NM, and collision division director: Legislative Award for his consistent efforts to keep the collision repair industry front and center to legislators in Washington, D.C.


Carm Capriotto, owner of Remarkable Results Radio and producer of the AutoInc. Audio podcasts: Communicator of the Year Award of Excellence for his insightful interviews sharing business success stories that inspire other business owners.


Advance Auto Parts, Benefit Provider of the Year, for helping ASA grow through its regional representative recruitment efforts and promoting the value of ASA membership.


ASA-Michigan, and its executive director, Ray Fisher, AMAM: Affiliate of the Year Award for developing new procedures to improve accuracy in the database, while providing key input to address the challenges of working with the diverse group that comprises the ASA family.


Pete Rudloff, owner of Pete’s Garage in Newark, DE: the Alpha Award, for applying his technical knowledge and insights in helping to guide the mechanical division operations committee.


Chuck Sulkala, longtime industry veteran and former executive director of the National Auto Body Council: the Phoenix Award. Sulkala coordinated Recycled Rides, a popular collision industry-wide program that donates repaired vehicles to deserving families in need. This program has helped hundreds of individuals and families rebuild and change their lives.


Gary Keyes, AMAM, owner of E&M Motors in Stuart, FL, and secretary-treasurer of ASA-Florida: the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, for defining what it means to be a volunteer and serve others for the good of the entire industry.

The three-day Annual Meeting also featured shop management classes by top-notch trainers such as Bill Haas, AAM, Richard Flint, Bob Greenwood, AMAM, and Maylon Newton, AAM; this year’s Celebration of Excellence and AMi Graduation, sponsored by Pronto/Federated, Babcox and AmeriTrust; an Epcot Center fireworks display sponsored by AutoZone; and a Town Hall Academy Live presentation on the state of the states’ periodic motor vehicle inspections (PMVI), hosted by Carm Capriotto and sponsored by Flex Check Auto.