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Monday, 03 December 2018 22:35

ASA-TX Annual Meeting Features Best-in-Industry Training

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John Firm, ASA-Texas director (center), joins Advance Auto Parts’ sales team members during their break from the Sponsor Showcase. John Firm, ASA-Texas director (center), joins Advance Auto Parts’ sales team members during their break from the Sponsor Showcase.


The ASA-TX Annual Meeting also included a state-of-the-association report delivered by the association’s outgoing president and the election of new board of directors officers for the 2019--2020 term. In addition to Gruener’s election as president, Rod Burtch was elected as president elect and Kathryn van der Pol was elected as treasurer. The role of secretary has not yet been chosen. Chris Murphy will serve as the immediate past president, and the board’s directors will include John Firm, David Wolfe and Glenn Young.


During the Sponsor Showcase, attendees enjoyed special deals from representatives of major national and regional distributors.


“We received beneficial feedback from the attendees and the supplier-sponsors who participated in our Sponsor Showcase. These included Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Synchrony Financial, WORLDPAC Training Institute (WTI) and Automotive Training Institute (ATI),” Gruener noted.


Additionally, the event offered an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. ASA-TX’s incoming officers and leaders were also present and eager to collect member feedback in an effort to add value to the association’s membership.


“This year’s meeting exceeded our goals in terms of attendees and member service. We had members from throughout the state attend in far greater numbers than the 2017 meeting. This was due in large part to the addition of the seminar series, which we did not have in 2017,” Gruener said.


He said he believes that association-sponsored events are important to members and the industry as a whole because “they serve two main functions: 1) They provide a tangible example for members of how the association benefits them, and 2) They give members a chance to experience networking and a sense of camaraderie, [which] are important parts of WHY they belong to a professional association.”


ASA-TX will use the feedback received this year to improve upon its 2019 Annual Meeting.


Gruener confirmed, “We plan to build on this year’s momentum by expanding our training sessions and networking opportunities to make the meeting more attractive to members and to get them more involved in the association in general.”


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