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Regional Association Event Announcements: September 2019

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See below for a list of regional automotive association events coming up in September.


ASA’s Sixth Annual Technology and Telematics Forum Focuses on What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Next


The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is in partnership with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) on Sept. 12 for the Sixth Annual Technology and Telematics Forum at the Hilton Garden Ballroom in Troy, MI. The first half of the day features five panels with topics intended to prepare collision repair professionals for the imminent technological advances in the industry’s future.


Bob Redding, ASA Washington D.C. Representative, stated “We are excited about this year’s Technology and Telematics Forum. It’s an opportunity for independent repairers to hear first-hand the latest vehicle technology advances, discussions about data access, and dialogue with colleagues.”


Registration for the event costs $99 for members and $129 for non-members. For more information, visit asashop.org/events/technology-telematics-forum/.


ASA’s September Webinar Wednesday Teaches Cybersecurity 101


On Sept. 18, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) will host its monthly Webinar Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST. The September edition of the series will be “Cybersecurity 101 for Shop Owners,” taught by Sunil Patel, CEO of Tekmetric. Patel will teach participants about protecting data, securing networks, differences in shop management systems, and what can be done to protect a shop against the industry’s most common security gaps. For more information or to register, visit asashop.org.


ACA Fall Leadership Days and Legislative Summit


On Sept. 18-20, the Auto Care Association (ACA) will host its Annual Fall Leadership Days and Legislative Summit at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The three-day leadership event serves as an opportunity for the association’s most engaged members to discuss industry issues and association initiatives, while the Legislative Summit offers a forum for addressing industry issues and sharing them on Capitol Hill.


Wednesday and Friday’s agenda are predominated by various committee meetings, but Thursday features a Legislative Summit Keynote breakfast, followed by a full day of Hill Visits and concluding with an evening reception.


For more information, visit autocare.org.


ABPAH to Hold Fun Maui Golf Event


On Sept. 8, the Automotive Body Painting Association of Hawaii (ABPAH) will host an un-official fun event for members at Maui Golf. Details will be available at abpah.com/upcoming-events.


MCRA Fall Conference to Feature Kristen Felder and Larry Montanez


On Sept. 13-14, the Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) will host its 2019 Fall Conference at Fairmont Hot Springs, near Butte, MT. The conference will feature an informative presentation on Advanced Estimating, delivered by Kristen Felder of Collision Hub and Larry Montanez from P&L Consultants. For more information, visit mcramt.com.


ASA Northwest’s September Meetings and Events


ASA Northwest has many chapter meetings and events scheduled for September.


  • • Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Eugene Chapter Meeting at Izzy’s Grill in Eugene, OR.
  • • Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. – Piece County Chapter Meeting at LaQuina in Tacoma, WA.
  • • Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Whatcom/Skagit Chapter Meeting at Park Bowl Restaurant in Bellingham, WA.
  • • Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. – North Sno-King Chapter Meeting at Bob’s Burger & Brew in Everett, WA.
  • • Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. – Olympic Peninsula Chapter Meeting at Kitsap Golf & Country Club in Bremerton, WA.
  • • Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. – South Sno-King Chapter Meeting at Bellevue Brewing Company in Bellevue, WA.
  • • Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. – Spokane Chapter Meeting at Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, Lilac Room, in Spokane Valley, WA.
  • • Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. – Southwest Washington Chapter Meeting at South Puget Sound Community College, Building 27, Percival Room in Olympia, WA.

For more information, visit asanorthwest.com.


West Coast Auto Dismantlers Convention to be Held in Palm Springs


The 2019 West Coast Auto Dismantlers Convention will be held on Sept. 6-7 at the Hyatt Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA. The agenda on Friday, Sept. 6 will feature roundtable discussions and a presentation on “Illegal Dismantling in California.” The evening will conclude with a welcome reception.


Saturday, Sept. 7 will begin with a presentation by Paul D’Adamo who will discuss “How to Eliminate Risks and Maximize Rewards with Takata Airbags.” In addition to a General Membership Meeting, the day will include training seminars with Car-Part, Hollander and Pinnacle. The evening will include a trade show and buffet dinner.


For more information, visit scada1.com/events/west-coast-auto-dismantlers-convention-2/.


AAAMS Prepares for First Business Conference in Years


On Sept. 12-15, the Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Mid-South (AAAMS) will host its 2019 Business Conference at the brand new Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg, TN. This will be the organization’s first conference in several years.


According to the association’s July newsletter, the event will begin on Thursday, Sept. 12 with dinner and networking opportunities. On Friday, Sept. 13, Board of Directors and Committee meetings will be held, while vendor tabletop displays will be available all day. The day will conclude with AAAMS’s Welcome Reception.


Saturday, Sept. 14 includes the AAAMS Annual Business Meeting and an update on the group’s Business Insurance/HR Services program though IGO Insurance Agency. Members will receive additional updates on programs and services from Fleetcor/Speedway, Kennedy Office, Net Driven and PrimePay LLC. The morning’s schedule concludes with “Trends in the Aftermarket – Near Term and Long Term” presented by Tom Tucker of the Auto Care Association. Tucker will then facilitate roundtable discussions.


Vendor tabletop displays will again be available during Saturday’s programming as well as during the evening’s President’s Reception. Saturday will conclude with a banquet, awards and AAAMS Scholarships Live Auction.


The conference will adjourn on Sunday morning after breakfast and an inspirational message from Jim Eastin. For more information about AAAMS and its upcoming conference, visit aaamsonline.com.


Northern VA I-CAR Committee to Raise Funds for CREF at Annual Golf Tournament


On Sept. 17, the Northern Virginia I-CAR Committee will host its 26th Annual Golf Fundraiser at Topgolf Loudon in Ashburn, VA. Funds raised will benefit the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and local high school and college collision programs. According to Committee Chair Rob Elison, “The event will bring industry partners together to show support and raiser awareness of the growing needs of local technical schools.”


Registration costs $150 per golfer and includes a lunch buffet and two drink tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit icarnovagolf.weebly.com.


NCACAR’s Third Quarter Meeting Features ATI’s Keith Manich


The North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) will host its Third Quarter meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Carolina Collision Equipment in Mooresville, NC.

In addition to a State of the Association Address delivered by NCACAR President Brian Davies and NCACAR Vice President Brian Shaw, the meeting will feature “Developing and Implementing Standard Operating Procedures” with ATI’s Keith Manich.


Registration for association members is free. Non-members pay $20 to attend, but the fee will be waived if they join the association. The meeting is sponsored by PPG Industries and Carolina Collision Equipment. For more information, visit ncacar.com.


ARNE Revamped for 2019


The 2019 Automotive Recyclers Northeast Education and Exposition (ARNE) is scheduled for Sept.26-28 at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, NY.


The event began when ARA-NY introduced a Summit of Automotive Recycling Leaders as part of its Annual Convention and Trade Show. According to the group’s website, “This Summit attracted leaders from across the region and Canada. ARA presidents came to participate in the high-level discussions and sharing of knowledge. A conversation began to unite the region for one, major trade show in order to increase attendance, provide greater support opportunities for vendors, and offer a diversified platform for networking. From those Summits - ARNE was created. Following the Inaugural ARNE Convention & Trade Show in 2017 ... we have revamped to bring you the ARNE Education & Exposition for 2019, with a greater focus on training and education than ever before.”


For more information, visit arne.pro.


AASP/MA to Sponsor 2019 Ride to Defeat ALS


On Sept. 22, AASP/MA will participate as a corporate sponsor for the 2019 Annual Ride to Defeat ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Participating bikers and motorcyclists will have various ride options to choose from.


AASP/MA Executive Director Lucky Papageorg has participated in the annual fundraiser for several years and states, “I hope to bring awareness [for ALS] through the membership, which will be great for the Ride to Defeat ALS, and I also think it’s good exposure for AASP/MA as well. Our industry isn’t necessarily known for our bike riding skills, but there is a huge involvement of collision repair in motorcycles. So, the fact that this year is the first we’ve been involved and the motorcycle leg of the course has been added, it will be a big plus toward garnering participation. I can see a lot of our membership participating in that fashion.”


For more information, visit aaspma.org.


AASP/NJ Hosts 15th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing


On Sept. 16, AASP/NJ will host its 15th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, NJ. The event is dedicated to the late Scoras of Holmdel Auto Body, and a portion of the proceeds support a collision industry scholarship. Cost is $225 per player, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit aaspnj.org.


AWAF Explores the Future of Mobility


On Sept. 25, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) will host “Future of Mobility” at Cauley Ferrari of Detroit in West Bloomfield, MI. The guest speaker for the event will be Diane L. Peters, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. For more information, visit awafoundation.org.


AASP-MO Hosting Mega Meeting in September


On Sept. 11, AASP-MO will host an extended Gateway Collision Chapter Mega Meeting, sponsored by Mitchell, Midnite Auto, Chapman & Hogan and United Fire Group. The association plans to have multiple presenters, and additional details will be released soon. For more information, visit aasp-mo.org.


AASP-MN to Host Body Shop Session on Collision Industry Issues and Trends


On Sept.17, AASP-MN will host a Body Shop Session at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill in Roseville, MN. The event will feature a presentation on “Collision Industry Issues and Trends” with Aaron Schulenburg, executive director for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). The $25 registration fee includes lunch. The event is sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Complete Health, Environmental and Safety Services (C.H.E.S.S.). For more information, visit aaspmn.org.


North Central MN Skills USA and MN I-CAR Committees to Hold Golf Tournament to Raise Scholarship Funds


On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the North Central MN Skills USA and MN I-CAR Committees will host a four-person scramble golf tournament at the Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater, MN. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local tech school student scholarships and other collision training needs in the state.


Registration for a team of four costs $400, or individuals can register for $100 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, visit icargolf.com.


IAR 2019 Summer Outing Features BIG Equipment Show


On Sept. 20-21, the Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) will host its 2019 Summer Outing in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of this year’s annual convention is big equipment and will include a large equipment arena at Swift’s Trails End Automotive Recycling as well as a Technology Lab at the Baymont by Wyndham Des Moines North. For more information, visit iowaautomotiverecyclers.com.


ASA-IL Prepares for 2019 Summit


On Saturday, Sept. 14, ASA-IL’s 2019 Annual Summit will feature a panel discussion entitled “Are You Ready for the New Automotive Repair Marketplace?” as well as a panel discussion on “How do we pay our techs $100,000 per year?”


Panelists include industry experts Donny Seyfer, Jeremy O’Neal, Jim Silverman, Danny Sanchez and more. The panel discussions will be moderated by Carm Capriotto from Remarkable Results Radio. Capriotto will also present “The Top Nine Strategies of the Highest Performing Shops.”


ASA-IL’s 2019 Summit will also include an opportunity to network with industry vendors during the association’s Speed Networking with Vendors lunch. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit asaillinois.org/leadership-summit.


ASA North Texas Hosts Rick White of 180BIZ for KPI Seminar


On Sept. 21, ASA North Texas will host Rick White of 180BIZ for “Succeed and Conquer with KPIs” at the Holiday Inn Express in Hurst, Texas. White will teach attendees to understand KPIs and how to use them, calculate their own KPIs and compare them to industry benchmarks, and identify how to change these numbers to increase shop profits.


ASA members pay $150 to attend, while non-members pay $200. Registration includes up to four people from the same shop. For more information, visit asantx.com.


ASA-CO’s Annual Golf Tournament to Support Scholarship Fund


On Sept. 7, ASA-CO will host its Second Annual Golf “Fore” ASA tournament at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Bloomfield, CO. The day of golf, contests, prizes and networking opportunities serves to support the association’s initiatives and raise money for its Automotive Student Scholarship Fund. Registration costs $150 per golfer. For more information, visit asacolorado.org.

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