Western Association News

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!

As the collision industry demographic shifts to younger owners, people like Cory Stanger, 30, represent a new breed while assuming important leadership roles in their respective states and on the national stage.

Stanger is the general manager at Alpine Auto Body in Salt Lake City, UT and the current President of the Utah Auto Body Association (UABA). His father Don started the shop the same year Cory was born and today runs the shops’ day-to-day operations.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:29

CAA San Diego Holds 19th Annual Golf Tournament, Winners Advance to Bigger Tournament

Written by Autobody News Staff

The CAA San Diego Chapter held its 19th Annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 7th at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos. The event was a great success with over 80 players, 9 “Event Sponsors” and 2 “Hole Sponsors.” The weather was, as usual, perfect.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:28

CAWA Reports on Status of California Legislation Impacting Industry

Written by CAWA

As the California Legislature comes to the middle of its legislative session, CAWA’s Legislative team reports the status of three legislative proposals impacting the automotive aftermarket industry and CAWA members specifically.
CAWA is currently tracking approximately 40 legislative proposals that could have an impact on the aftermarket industry, however the following bills have been the main priority of the association and its government affairs team.

Francesco’s Italian Restaurant in Oakland, CA was the place to be on May 20, especially if you were a member of the East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association (EB-CAA).

The California Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA) Board of Directors voted to oppose the Nevada Margin Tax that will appear on the 2014 General Election ballot November 4, 2014.

Chairman Ron Aparicio of MOTUL USA has appointed Larry Pavey of Federated Auto Parts and Mike Mohler of the National Pronto Association to the California Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA) board of directors, effective immediately.