Monday, 25 October 2021 18:04

AASP/NJ Reconnects at Annual Meeting


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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) held its Annual Meeting on Oct. 20 at Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ, featuring its Board of Directors election, a special awards ceremony where longtime members were honored and a vital education session delivered by Neal Bobzin and Craig Stevens of CCC.

Re-elected Executive Board members include Jerry McNee of Ultimate Collision in Edison, NJ, as president; Dennis Cataldo Jr. of D&M Auto Body in Old Bridge as collision chairman; and Keith Krehel of Krehel Automotive Repair, Inc. in Clifton as mechanical chairman, in addition to Treasurer Tom Elder of Compact Kars, Inc. in Clarksburg and Secretary Tom Greco of Thomas Greco Publishing in Nutley.


Board member Dave Laganella of Peters Body & Fender in Oakland will return for another term, and the board welcomed a new member: Ken Miller of 821 Collision in North Haledon.


During the special awards ceremony, Elder and Luci Robson presented the Russ Robson Scholarship Award to Gavin Danitz of Compact Kars in Clarksburg. The Stan Wilson/New Jersey Automotive Body Shop of the Year Award went to Cataldo, and Elder was the recipient of the Lee Vetland Lifetime Achievement Award.


Alicia Figurelli, senior vice president of Thomas Greco Publishing, became the second woman to be inducted into the AASP/NJ Hall of Fame.


After Nicole Lewicki of the Amato Insurance Agency (a division of World Insurance) shared a brief update on the AASP/NJ Health Insurance plan, Bobzin and Stevens took the floor to discuss how ELEVATE by CCC helps shops set goals, monitor trends and make decisions to improve their businesses.


“When I ask a new client, ‘What’s your goal?’, they don’t tell me ‘to survive,’” Bobzin said. “The goal isn’t to remain flat---they’re looking to grow, or they’re looking to become more attractive for sale. Those higher level goals need to be broken down into the details, and then your employees need to understand the relationship between these particular goals and their responsibilities within the department.”


In terms of industry trends, Bobzin honed in on...

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