From Jan. 24--27, ASA Northwest hosted its 2019 Semi-Annual Retreat and Management Conference at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth, WA.
Jeff Lovell, president and executive director of ASA Northwest, noted, “What a great turnout---we had 92 attendees and 12 new attendees this year who had never attended a retreat before.”
Friday featured the association’s General Business Session. The Ascettes, a group of women who support the association by raising funds for ASA Northwest activities and scholarship initiatives, made pillowcases that will be donated to the local Leavenworth area. On Friday evening, the group enjoyed networking and fun at the arcade during the designated “Fun Event.”
Saturday’s agenda was jam-packed with educational information for attendees, beginning with an AMI seminar titled “Resilient – The Ability for Your Business to Thrive in the Next 10 Years and Beyond,” presented by Jeremy O’Neal of AdvisorFix.
Lovell shared, “We learned that the automotive industry is preparing for a major shift that it hasn’t seen since the model T and Henry Ford arrived. The objective of this seminar was to prepare us with the critical skills needed to see what is coming and how to position our business to survive the coming changes and thrive in the years ahead.”
During Saturday’s lunch, Todd Black, general director of ASA National, joined the group to deliver an informative state of the industry address as well as to provide an update on the national association.
ASA Northwest held its awards banquet on Saturday evening, during which Butch Jobst, chairman of the board, presented the 2018 Outstanding Member of the Year award to Kandie Jennings-Molloy of Tom’s Automotive in Seattle, WA.
Jennings-Molloy worked at Tom’s Automotive as a service advisor and manager from 1991 until July 2010, when she purchased the business.
Jobst stated, “During her tenure as a service advisor and manager, Tom's Automotive received numerous awards, including the Mayor of Seattle's Small Business Award. She has earned her Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation and the prestigious Accredited Master Automotive Manager (AMAM) certification from the Automotive Management Institute.”
Jennings-Molloy is active in many community organizations and in ASA Northwest. She spent the last two years helping develop the association’s Independent Technician’s Automotive Committee (ITAC) apprenticeship program.