The Midstate Chapter of AASP-MA held their annual BBQ on Friday, September 5th at the Hudson Elks in Hudson, MA. The event featured great food from Firefly’s BBQ as well as entertainment, games and raffle prizes for both adults and children.
On Friday, September 26, the Western Chapter of AASP-MA held their Annual Clambake at the Polish-American Club in Feeding Hills. Featuring delicious food, amazing raffle prizes and a fun evening of networking, it’s no surprise that the clambake was a sold-out event with over 240 attendees in the 250-person capacity hall.
After taking a break for the summer, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) gathered on Tuesday, September 9 to begin the fall season with their Quarterly Membership Meeting. The Country House Restaurant in Foxon was filled with association members, prospective members and guests who gathered for an evening of industry education and networking.
On the evening of Tuesday, May 20, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held its Annual Membership Meeting at the Chowder Pot Restaurant in Hartford, CT. A large group of shop owners and managers attended the meeting to participate in the election of new officers and to hear Larry Montanez of P&L Consultants resume his educational seminar from March.
On Thursday, May 29 at 7:30PM, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its first meeting since merging with the Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG). The meeting, which took place at Spray City Collision located at 1316 Castleton Avenue in Staten Island NY, focused on the joint organization’s legislative goals, labor department updates and sales tax audits on auto body shops. Enterprise Rent-A-Car provided pizza and soda for attendees.
On Monday, May 19, AASP-NJ held their 10th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, NJ. Charles Bryant, Executive Director for AASP-NJ, notes “the golf outing went even better than we expected.
AASP-MA held their Statewide Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, MA, on May 13. The event featured noted industry attorney Erica Eversman, Chief Counsel for Vehicle Information Services, Inc. and founder of the Automotive Education and Policy Institute, a non-profit organization geared toward educating consumers.
The concerns have also caught the attention of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth’s Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board (ADALB) which made an advisory ruling on May 20th stating that using “quality video or digital images” to prepare an appraisal satisfies its regulations.
A growing concern in Connecticut is insurers’ use of camera-phone photos for writing estimates. Rather than having licensed physical property damage appraisers physically inspect a vehicle after a collision, many insurance companies are asking their customers to submit camera phone pictures of the damage, and they are using these photos to write their estimates.
The MD House Economic Matters committee, on March 14, 2014, voted 16 to 7 for an unfavorable report on HB574. No action has yet been taken on SB487. This article provides some background on the testimony pro and con in front of the committee.
As 2013 draws to a close, AASP-MA prepares for what it sees as an exciting new year. Though the Board of Directors’ last meeting of 2013 was canceled due to inclement weather, they have used the time to make plans for 2014. Executive Director Jillian Zywien notes “2013 was a year of change for AASP-MA, and I am encouraged by the feedback received from our leadership and members. We had a successful year, and I look forward to 2014.”
The Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists (CCRS) was founded in April 2008 when Angelo Campanella, a shop owner in Stanford, CT, and Lisa Siembab, a shop manager in Berlin, CT (and now the Executive Director of CCRS) wanted an organization that encouraged all segments of collision repair to start working as one industry. They were not pleased with the state of the industry or the industry in the state.
The Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI) has been fighting to protect consumers for decades, and they took a huge step in the right direction in July 2013 when RI governor Lincoln D. Chaffee signed their Total Loss Bill into law. Jina Petrarca, legal counsel for ABARI, exclaims, “we’re very proud of the Total Loss Bill; it’s a great thing for the consumer!”