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Regional Association Event Announcements: February 2019

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See below for a list of regional automotive association events coming up in February:


AASPI Annual Meeting To Feature Mike Anderson


On Feb. 23, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) will be hosting its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst, IL, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Mike Anderson of Collision Advice as well as a presentation delivered by Eric Newell of asTech, an AASPI Elite Provider member.


According to AASPI Executive Director Mike Lane, “We have also extended an invitation to Senator Tom Cullerton (D-23) and Representative Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24), who have shown interest in working with AASPI in the introduction of legislation mandating all estimates be written using OEM repair procedures.”


Anderson’s presentation is titled “Positioning Yourself in the Collision Repair Industry” and will focus on what the future holds for collision repair professionals. Some of the topics that Anderson will cover during AASPI’s Annual Meeting include how telematics and connected vehicles will impact the damage analysis process, how telematics and connected vehicles will impact FNOL and when it will happen, how to prepare for the fact that 36 percent of consumers want services outside a shop’s normal business hours, and preparing for the prediction that 70 percent of claims will be handled by photo or video inspection by 2020. Anderson will also provide an overview of Collision Advice’s “Who Pays for What?” surveys and an update on OEM certifications as well as other relevant industry topics.


Newell will present “Why is Post-Repair Calibration So Important?" He will demonstrate why it is vital for collision repair facilities to understand which systems may be impacted by the repair process because calibrating the ADAS is vital to a properly and safely functioning vehicle.


AASPI’s Annual Meeting will also include the election of officers and directors. Current President Bob Gottfred of Erie LaSalle Body Shops will be re-elected, as will Vice President Doug Fiala from Douglas Auto Body and Secretary/Treasurer Paul Mason of AutoNation. Mayers Collision Center’s Joe Mayer will continue to serve as a director for the association alongside newly elected directors Tom Stiefbold of O’Hare Auto Body and Tim Paap from Paap Auto Body.


Additional information and registration for the event will be available on the association’s website at or by calling the AASPI office at 217-528-5230.


YANG To Host 2 Meet-Ups in MI and LA


The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) will host two Regional Meet-Ups in February. On Thursday, Feb. 7, YANG will meet up in Grand Rapids, MI, in conjunction with the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Tech Expo. This Meet-Up will be hosted by Auto Wares. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, YANG’s Meet -Up will be held in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with the 2019 Women in Auto Care Leadership Conference. For more information about YANG and its scheduled events, visit


ASA-AZ Tucson Chapter To Host February Roundtable


On Feb. 5, the Tucson Chapter of ASA-AZ will host an Automotive Roundtable from 6 p.m.--8:30 p.m. at El Corral Restaurant in Tucson, AZ. The goal of these meetings is to provide a platform for association members to share the challenges they face in their businesses and identify potential solutions. For more information on ASA-AZ, visit


HABA & ABAT To Host 2019 Collision Day


The Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) scheduled a 2019 Collision Day for Feb. 12 in Austin, TX, at the State Capitol. This will be a joint effort in collaboration with the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT). The purpose of the event is to put repairers and other industry representatives in direct contact with state leaders. The Texas collision repair industry is ready to stand up as a collective force for change emphasizing “Safety and Enforcement of the Texas Consumer Bill of Rights,” according to HABA Legislative Coordinator Larry Cernosek. For more information on HABA, visit


AWAF To Host Fireside Chat


The Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) will host a Fireside Chat on Feb. 6 in a private residence, featuring Ms. Julie Martin, vice president of sales and marketing for HELLA USA. For more information on AWAF, visit


ASA-OH To Host Repair Planning Workshop


On Feb. 6, ASA-OH will host a workshop titled “Optimize Performance Through Repair Planning” presented by Robb Power, senior manager of business solutions for PPG’s Automotive Refinish division. Rescheduled from September due to a hurricane, the workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-- 4 p.m. at Ohio Auto Kolor in Columbus, OH.


Power’s presentation will focus on explaining how shops have the potential to deliver improved performance by utilizing the repair planning process. It will include an explanation of the impact the traditional estimating process has on work flow, knowledge of the benefits to the business for those who can successfully implement repair planning, detailed instructions on the repair planning process, and an in-depth exploration of the things to do and avoid in order to successfully implement repair planning.


The cost to attend this workshop is $45 for association members and $90 for non-members.


For more information about ASA-OH and its events, visit

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