During the weekend of March 18-20, ASA Northwest produced their 2016 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) at the Doubletree Hilton Seattle Airport. Some of North America's best management and technical trainers presented 60 classes for mechanical, collision and service industry professionals.
The California Department of Insurance (CA DOI) recently proposed regulations that would clarify and require insurers that conduct auto body labor rate surveys to perform them in a fair, reasonable and accurate manner. These regulations will also clarify and strengthen existing anti-steering laws, according to the CA DOI.
Every year, the California Autobody Association co-hosts its ASCCA/CAA Joint Legislative Day and this year it takes place on April 12, 8 am to 3 pm at the Capitol Event Center, located at 1020 11th Street in Sacramento.
Piper said he has lived the dream by being able to work with his two sons, Matt (left) and Jason (right) and building a successful business over 38 years.
Adam Piper is a 45-year veteran of the collision repair industry and a former body shop owner who established several successful shops called FCC Collision Centers in the Silicon Valley starting in the late '70s.
The Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) had another insanely busy month in October. The association's events included the Mohave Chapter's Management Traveling Show on 10/3, the Tucson Chapter Roundtable on 10/6, the State Board of Directors meeting on 10/8, the Tucson Chapter's dinner meeting on 10/14, and the Phoenix Chapter's dinner meeting on 10/21.
With summer drawing to a close and kids returning to school, September marks the return to the hectic nature of everyday life.
The automotive repair industry also experiences this reversion as associations return from summer break and become more active. Luz Rubio, Executive Director of ASA-AZ, noted, “September has been a very busy month for the Arizona ASA and its chapters.”
On September 17-19, the State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) hosted their 2015 Annual Convention at the elegant JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. Automotive recycling professionals from across the state gathered to greet old friends and welcome new attendees as they enjoyed training sessions with industry speakers, social events, a tour of a nearby scrap metal recycling facility and a trade show.