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Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00

East Bay CAA Chapter Talks Ford F-150

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They discussed rivets, certifications, the costs of setting up to work on aluminum vehicles and everything in between when the East Bay chapter of the California Autobody Association (EB-CAA) visited Future Ford in Concord, CA on February 18 to view the new aluminum F-150 and network with other collision professionals from throughout the Bay Area.

On February 5, the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) and 18 other small business associations accompanied the National Federation of Independent Businesses of AZ (NFIBAZ) to the State Capitol for their annual Small Business Day. The event was coordinated by NFIBAZ with input and assistance from other small business associations.

On Wednesday, January 21, the Phoenix Chapter of ASA-AZ held a dinner meeting at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Phoenix at 6:30PM. In addition to enjoying a great meal with even better company, attendees learned how to become a “Marketingpreneur” from guest speaker Patrick Harter of the Provision Team.

After a one-year hiatus, the California Autobody Association’s East Bay (EB-CAA) chapter hosted its 16th annual Toys for Tots Model Truck Customizing Competition on Nov. 18 at Zia Freddo’s in Pleasant Hill, CA. With close to 200 East Bay CAA chapter members and friends in attendance for the dinner, raffle, and truck competition, the evening was filled with holiday cheer and philanthropy.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

An Educational October for ASA-AZ

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October was a busy month for the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) with two educational seminars in addition to their monthly Board of Directors meeting and the Phoenix Chapter’s Roundtable Discussion. On October 9, ASA-AZ held their monthly Board of Directors meeting where each chapter (Prescott, Yuma, Mohave, Verde Valley, Phoenix and Tucson) is represented by their president, or another representative, as the group collaborates with Executive Director Luz Rubio and the association’s secretary to discuss current issues.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

UABA Hosts First-Ever Trade Show

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Bob Mackey (left) the I-CAR Regional Director for Utah and I-CAR Instructor Ralph Groves both taught classes at the UABA’s trade show.

Ed Attanasio


The Utah Auto Body Association (UABA) held its first-ever Collision Industry Expo to Utah on Oct. 4 at Salt Lake Community College. More than 50 vendors will present to showcase new product displays, technology and many interactive demos.  

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

ASA-AZ's Management Training Road Show

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In a recent effort to revive some of their rural chapters, the State Board of the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) planned a series of meetings entitled “Management Training Road Show,” to be rotated within Prescott, Yuma, Mohave County and Verde Valley. The series debuted in Prescott on Saturday, September 20.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

SCRS Welcomes Newly Founded Auto Body Association of Texas as Its Latest Affiliate

Written by Aaron Schulenburg, SCRS

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is pleased to announce the affiliation of the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT), a brand new association dedicated to levelling the playing field for collision repairers across the state.

During the weekend of September 12, 2014, the Phoenix Chapter Board of ASA-AZ met in Prescott to discuss and establish plans for the upcoming year. Though the Board has been working over the past year to schedule speakers and training for their membership, a consistent schedule has yet to be established.

“The Board’s goal was to create a calendar of activities that will service the entire Phoenix Metro area,” says Luz Rubio, Executive Director of ASA-AZ.

The sixth largest geographic state in the nation is home to over 6.5 million citizens and over 6.8 million registered vehicles. With a major population and such busy roadways, it is no surprise that there is an overwhelming number of collision and mechanical repair facilities scattered throughout the state, and all those independent businesses need a collective voice. That’s where the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) comes in!

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