Thursday, 19 December 2013 20:39

AASP-MA Meeting Addresses Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing

On Tuesday, November 19, the Southeast Chapter of AASP-MA held a meeting at the Holiday Inn located at 700 Myles Standish Blvd in Taunton, MA. According to Executive Director, Jillian Zywien, “this was the first Southeast Chapter meeting since April, and it was a great success!”

During the meeting, the two key topics were AASP-MA’s new strategy for addressing problems with the Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board and the association’s recent improvements to their communication with members.

Zywien said, “the Board of Directors recently approved an aggressive strategy to bring issues before the Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board (ADALB) and get written opinions regarding practices which are outside of the regulatory requirements. We are working to create an ADALB complaint form available to member shops only. The form will meet the requirements of the regulations, and it is designed to assist with developing the needed data to file a complaint and resolve global issues faced by the industry as a whole. The association will submit the complaint to the Board on behalf of the industry, rather than filing as individual shops. The association understands the wrongs that are committed by insurance companies every day, and we must work together to right these wrongs. Please look to our website and newsletter to find out more about these initiatives.

“The association also presented on our improved communication to our members. We have completely remodeled our website, which features a ‘join now’ button, Board of Directors’ bios, and my favorite, our blog. With convenience in mind, we have added online registration for Chapter and Statewide meetings and now send your newsletter directly to your preferred method of contact, whether fax or email. Finally, we have increased our social media presence. Please join our LinkedIn Group, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.”

Over 30 attendees, mostly shop owners, were present at the meeting. Future meetings of AASP-MA’s Southeast Chapter will also be held at the Taunton Holiday Inn, and schedules and updates will be posted to the association’s website.

Zywien appreciates the contributions of those who helped make the meeting a success. “Thank you to Don Cushing of Bald Hill for sponsoring the event. AASP-MA and the Board of Directors are excited to reinvigorate all of our state Chapters. We look forward to visiting the Western Chapter on December 11 and the Northeast Chapter in February 2014.”

AASP-MA is also working on improving the benefits offered to members. According to Zywien, “we have met with several companies that can offer excellent services to our members, including search engine optimization and website design, shop apparel and uniforms, health benefits, and much more. We plan to roll out some of these tremendous benefit programs at the beginning of 2014. All offerings are designed to save you money and better your business environment. We encourage members and vendors to contact the association if you have ideas on how the association can assist your business. We take your requests seriously and execute improvements needed to deliver more for your dues dollars.”

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