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Southwestern Association News

On Thursday, October 16, the Louisiana Collision Industry Association (LaCIA) held their October meeting, featuring renowned industry speaker Mike Anderson, at the Marriott in Metairie, LA. The meeting focused on the association’s collaborative efforts with the Louisiana Attorney General’s office and the association’s future plans before their collisionadvice.com guest speaker took the floor to provide a general update on the state of the industry as well as to address a variety of topics relevant to the collision repair professionals in attendance.

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

LaCIA Holds September Member Meeting

On the evening of Tuesday, September, 16, the Louisiana Collision Industry Association (LaCIA) gathered in Baton Rouge for their first meeting since July. Speakers at the meeting included Billy Easterling of ERS, Inc. who presented on OSHA compliance requirements and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell who updated attendees on the status of the lawsuit he recently filed against State Farm regarding the insurer’s steering practices.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony during ASA’s open house Oct. 13 included (from left to right): Dan Stander, Collision Division director; Roy Schnepper, secretary/treasurer; Darrell Amberson, chairman; Donny Seyfer, chairman-elect; Bob Wills, Mechanical Division director; and Gary Keyes, general director.


An open house was held on October 13 to celebrate the ASA's move to its new national office at 8209 Mid Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills, Texas 76182. The ASA board of directors, local businesses and staff were in attendance.

It’s a busy season for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) as the national office prepares to relocate its headquarters from Colleyville, Texas, to nearby North Richland Hills. In addition, the association recently held its successful NACE|CARS trade show in Detroit.

Back in May, the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) held their 4th Annual Body Shop Owners and Managers Appreciation Event at the Cadillac Bar and Grill on I-10 in Houston. Attendees were treated to a buffet-style dinner, beer and margaritas as they indulged in a fun evening of networking with their collision repair industry peers. Prizes were presented by event MC Corey Cook.

On Thursday, May 22, the Louisiana Collision Industry Association (LaCIA) held a meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn to update members on the direction the association is taking and their upcoming plans. Featured speakers included Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his assistant AG, Randy Ishee, who updated attendees on their efforts.

The Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) held their 4th Annual Body Shop Owners and Managers Appreciation Event on May 21, 2014, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, at the Cadillac Bar and Grill in Houston, TX.

The Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) and the Texas Tire Dealers Association (TTDA) collaborated to hold the 2014 Tire and Automotive Expo at the Town Square Marriott in Sugar Land, TX, April 23–25, 2014. The expo marked the first time these two industries came together for a single event in Texas, and Chuck Space, executive director of both TIAA and TTDA, believes “it was a great event. Our endeavors proved very successful.”

On April 8, 2014, the Arkansas Collision Repair Association (ACRA) held their monthly meeting in the Pulaski Technical College Body Shop Department in Little Rock, AR. Members gathered to discuss current issues and network with their peers.

Jay Scott, ACRA executive director, and Larry Golden, former ACRA president and current ACRA member, took some time to talk about ACRA.

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