On Oct. 17, ASA North Texas met at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill in Irving, Texas, for its monthly meeting.
The meeting featured Jim Silverman of ATI as well as a member topic of diagnosis of system or symptoms explanations. According to Chapter President John Firm, “Our meeting was well attended, and we had open discussion among members on the topic of DVIs and how they help make more profit. This was one of our best, most interactive meetings of the year among our members.”
Steve McCombs of Steve’s Certified Car Care explained the Shop Boss program for attendees, and Rick R. of Rick’s Automotive Cleburne demonstrated how his Bolt-On DVI sends a text to clients from his service writers. Firm demonstrated the Flex Check Auto system and explained how it distributes information to the customer.
Silverman was the evening’s guest speaker, and he talked about the DVI process and the benefits of doing some form of inspection for the vehicle owner. Yard shared, “It was important to help members understand why a customer’s car should have some kind of inspection done every time they visit the shop.”
Jeff Buckley, marketing manager for ASA North Texas, noted, “When multiple companies offer similar products or services, it’s amazing to be able to come together and share opinions. To have neutral ground and the ability to ask questions on each DVI system without sales pressure or ego allows each shop owner to make an educated decision.”
ASA North Texas also had a surprise guest, Efren Villanueva from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of North Texas at Tarrant County, who explained how the SBDC can assist the automotive and collision repair industries. Firm believes that the meeting was very beneficial to attendees and noted that attendance was increased from the last meeting, including a new guest shop.
Buckley added, “As we reach out and invite others to attend, our chapter meetings continue to grow. Food, fellowship, networking and training is a great base plan, but throw in some sharing of business practices, and the formula for a great meeting is obtained! ASA North Texas welcomes guests.