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Regional Association Event Announcements: April 2019

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


RDA To Host IMPACT Performance Conference


From April 1-3, the Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) will host its next IMPACT Performance Conference at the OMNI Frisco Hotel in Frisco, TX.


“The meeting’s theme will be related to football and sports because the venue is adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in The Star. On April 2, conference participants will have the opportunity to take a private tour of the Cowboys’ training facility,” shared Robert McKenzie, executive director of RDA. “Approximately 100 people from across the country are expected to attend. The audience will include members, guests and manufacturers within the collision refinish industry.”


Following various RDA meetings throughout the morning of April 1, IMPACT will begin at 3 p.m. with several presentations, including “Get Switched On” with Chip Eichelberger, whose presentation will continue before lunch the following day. The first day will conclude with an evening reception before breaking for dinner.


The second day will feature “The Huddle,” a speed-dating-style rotation among the tables and displays of RDA manufacturer partners in 15-minute increments, providing an opportunity for attendees to learn about new products and services in a fun way. Drawings throughout the day will also provide multiple chances for attendees to win valuable prizes. Tuesday’s events will conclude with a dinner reception and entertainment by hypnotist Erick Kand.


The final day of RDA’s 2019 IMPACT Performance Conference is reserved for RDA members exclusively. The day, which ends mid-afternoon, will feature a special workshop presented by Steve Zelechoski of Corporate Visions titled “Why You?” The workshop will complement the one he taught during RDA’s 2018 Fall IMPACT Performance Conference.


For more information, visit rda-impact.com or contact McKenzie at 731-217-9081 or robertemckenzie@me.com.


ARA To Host Hill Day 2019

On April 3-4, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) will host its 2019 Hill Day and Legislative Summit in Washington D. C. This year’s event will be held in affiliation with the Washington Auto Show.


For more information about the Washington Auto Show, visit washingtonautoshow.com. For more information on ARA, visit a-r-a.org.


AAAS AL To Host Capitol Day


The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) will host its annual Alabama Capitol Day on April 17 in Montgomery, AL.


For more information on AAAS, visit aaas.us.


NYCARA To Host Crash Course on Email Marketing


On Wednesday, April 10, the New York City Auto Repair Association (NYCARA) will host a presentation titled “Crash Course: Email Marketing in Auto Repair” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn JFK Airport in Rosedale, NY.


Dahlia Benaroya of Constant Contact will teach attendees tips and tricks for email marketing in our increasingly digital world with insights specifically related to automotive repair businesses. Attendees will discover how to find new customers, understand the importance of collecting customer email addresses and learn how to convert this information into profit.


The cost to attend is $40 for non-members, $35 for Silver members, and $25 for Gold members.


For more information on how to register for this training seminar, visit nycara.org.


MCRA Spring Conference To Feature Mike Anderson


From April 12--13, the Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) will hold its Spring Conference at Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT.


The event will begin on Friday evening with a reception, and on Saturday morning the educational segment will commence at 7 a.m. with an MCRA Board Meeting. At 8:25 a.m., Paul Flores will introduce the main presenter, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice. From 8:35 a.m. until noon, Anderson will present a seminar titled “Learn to Research and Research to Learn.”


During lunch, MCRA Past President Bruce Halcro will provide an update from the association’s legislative committee. At 1 p.m., Anderson will deliver “State of the Industry: What’s Happening Now and What’s Coming,” and the afternoon will conclude with his final presentation, “New Horizons: New Technology.” At 5:30 p.m., MCRA Treasurer Matthew McDonnell will announce the association’s fall meeting plans before Flores adjourns the spring conference.


The cost to attend MCRA’s spring conference for members is $300 for a shop of up to four team members and is $400 for five or more team members. Associate members pay $250 for their team, and non-members can attend for $350 per person.


For more information, visit mcramt.com.


VAA To Host 2019 Convention & Trade Expo


From April 12--14, the Virginia Automotive Association (VAA) will host its 2019 Convention and Trade Expo at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, VA.


The event will kick off on Friday with the VAA Open Golf Tournament at Cypress Point Country Club. Participation in the golf tournament costs $125 per player. On Friday evening, attendees will enjoy a welcome reception on a cruise aboard The Spirit of Norfolk.


On Saturday at 8 a.m., the educational portion of the convention will begin with VAA’s Annual Meeting and an opening keynote address provided by Dr. Roy Littlefield, CEO of the Tire Industry Association. Two options will be available from 9--10 a.m.: “The Future of the Independent Tire Dealer,” presented by Patti Hoying, editor of Tire Review, and “Supercharge Your Front Counter Skills by Becoming a Customer Relationship Manager,” taught by ATI senior instructor Matt Winslow. The morning sessions will round out with a Peer to Peer Roundtable, moderated by Hoying.


Saturday afternoon will feature the 2019 VAA Trade Expo, where attendees will have an opportunity to visit a variety of industry vendors and also have a chance to win $1,500 worth of cash prizes. The evening will include a reception, awards banquet and “The Comedy of Jeff Allen.” The Next Generation Automotive Professionals Reception will take place at 10 p.m.


During breakfast on Sunday morning, closing keynote speaker Steve Gilliand will present “Enjoy the Ride.” The 2019 VAA Convention and Trade Expo will adjourn at 10 a.m.


Full registration for the event is available for $159. For more information or to register, visit vaauto.org.


Nashville I-CAR Committee To Support CREF With Golf Fundraiser


On April 16, the Nashville I-CAR Committee will hosts its annual Golf Fundraiser at Topgolf in Nashville, TN. The proceeds will benefit the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and collision programs in area high schools. This event is held as part of the committee’s dedication to the continuous improvement of Nashville-area high school and college collision programs.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a networking happy hour, and the tournament will run from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. During the tournament, attendees will enjoy a backyard BBQ buffet, desserts and drinks. The evening will conclude with an hour of free play, during which the winners of the tournament and raffle prizes will be announced.


Registration is available for $100 per golfer. This year’s sponsors include Pro Spot, Enterprise and Service King.


For more information or to register, visit icar-nashville.weebly.com.


Atlanta I-CAR Committee To Hold 10th Annual Golf Tournament


On April 25, the Atlanta I-CAR Committee will host its 10th Annual Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farm in Woodstock, GA. Last year, the committee raised $68,000 for a total of $375,000 that has been donated to local collision schools via the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). The recipients of these funds have included Maxwell High School of Technology, North Georgia Tech, Chattahoochee Tech, Athens Technical School and Atlanta Technical College.


Registration for the tournament will open at 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., during which the 19th hole experience and a putting contest will be available for attendees. At 10:30 a.m., the annual helicopter ball drop will take place. Balls can be purchased online for $10 each for a chance to win $2,000. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. The event will conclude with an awards banquet and raffle drawing beginning at 5 p.m.


Registration is available for $150 per golfer before April 1, but the price increases to $200 after April 1. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


For more information or to register, visit icaratlantagolf.weebly.com.


ARM To Hit the Road for 11th Annual Road Show & Business Networking Conference


From April 25--27, the Automotive Recyclers of Michigan (ARM) will host its 11th Annual ARM Road Show and Business Networking Conference at Worldwide Equipment Sales LLC in Livonia, MI. The event will include several yard tours, an expo, educational seminars and plenty of networking opportunities, as well as a live auction. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available.


For more information, visit automotiverecyclers.org.


NYSACTA To Host Annual Lobby Day


On April 30, the New York State Auto Collision Technician’s Association (NYSACTA) will host its Annual Lobby Day to introduce legislators to industry initiatives. Representatives from several state associations will be present, including LIABRA and ABCG.


According to NYSACTA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger, “We will be promoting our legislation and educating legislators on OEM parts and the necessity of following OEM procedures. We will have representatives from throughout NY, including Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, the Capital District, Rome/Utica, Syracuse and several others.”


YANG To Host Meet-Up in Tampa, FL


On Monday, April 29, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) will host a Regional Meet-Up in Tampa, FL, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2019 ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference, which is scheduled for April 28 through May 1 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside.


The Meet-Up will be hosted by JNPSoft.


For more information, visit autocare.org/yang/.


ASA Northwest To Host April Meetings


ASA Northwest’s Pierce County chapter meeting will be held on April 4 at LaQuinta in Tacoma, WA.


• The Whatcom/Skagit chapter meeting is scheduled for April 9 at Park Bowl Restaurant in Bellingham, WA.


• The Eugene chapter will meet on April 10 at Izzy’s Grill in Eugene, OR


• The North Sno-King chapter’s meeting will be held at Alfy’s Pizza in Snohomish, WA, on April 11.


• On April 16, the Yakima chapter will meet at River Ridge Golf Course in Selah, WA


• The Spokane chapter’s April 18th meeting will take place at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center in Bellevue, WA.


• The South Sno-King chapter will also host its meeting on April 18 at the Bellevue Brewing Company in Bellevue, WA.


• The Southwest Washington chapter will meet on April 22 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA. The meeting will feature “Are You Fully Insured on Your Business,” presented by Todd Black, owner of Unlimited Services.


• The Olympic Peninsula chapter will meet at Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton, WA, on April 23.


For more information on ASA Northwest, visit asanorthwest.com.


ISRI To Host Annual Convention & Expo

From April 8--11, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) will host its 2019 Convention and Exposition at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It is anticipated that 300 exhibitors and 5,000 participants will attend. Speakers will include Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, ZipRecruiter’s Ian Siegel, sales expert Hal Becker and inspirational speaker John O’Leary.


For more information, visit isri2019.org.


URG To Present XPAND 2019

From April 11--13, the United Recyclers Group (URG) will host its XPAND 2019 Training Conference at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL.


Features speakers will include Andy Latham, Mike Hourigan, DJ Harrington, Richard Flint, Tom Bessler, Josh Brunner, Ray Butler, JC Cahill, Andrew Christensen, Mike Clay, Theresa Colbert, Oliver Cook, Chad Counts, Robert Counts, Paul D’Adamo, Ryan Falco, Garff Fitzgerald, Mark Gamble, Cliff Hope, Mike James, Jim McKinney, George Metos, Walt Michaels, Vanessa Mutchler, Don Porter, Ron Rainwater, Brian Riker, Roger Shroder, Mike Sliger, Troy Smith, Sarah Stidham, Rachel Whetstone, Jen Wilson, Laurie Woods, and Lee Worman.


For more information, visit u-r-g.com.