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The California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association will install officers for next year at its annual meeting to kick off this year’s Industry Week in Las Vegas on October 28, 2012.

CAWA, representing the automotive parts industry, will install the following individuals to serve as officers of the board for the 2013 year:
· Chair of the Board – Ed Jimenez, Riebe’s Auto Parts
· Vice Chair of the Board, - Ron Aparicio, Walker Products
· Treasurer – Ward Myers, Worldpac
· Secretary – Greg Livingston, CARQUEST
· Immediate Past Chair of the Board – Steve Sharp, Worldpac

The Inland Empire California Autobody Association will host its next chapter meeting on Wednesday, August 29 at its new location, Don Marco's Restaurant, 10276 Foothill Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

The guest speaker will be Frank Terlep, CEO of Summit Software and Marketing Solutions, who will update shops with information about current digital marketing tools. Terlep says it's no longer "good enough" to just have a website. His topic is "Digital Marketing = More Customers, Revenue and Profit." Terlep says small businesses that are successful digital marketers utilize multiple digital marketing tools, techniques and technologies to capture service and retain more customers, revenue and profit. Frank will introduce 10 digital marketing and retention tools, techniques and technologies that will help capture, service and retain more customers, revenue and profit.

Frank Terlep often speaks on digital marketing, communications,customer retention, loyalty, technology, and lean business processes. Over the past 25 years he has spoken at dozens of automotive industry conferences, events and meetings, including NACE, SEMA, and NADA, and international conferences such as the CARSTAR franchise and Collision Solutions Network conferences, as well as AKZO, PPG, Sherwin Williams, and BASF meetings and conferences, and several CAA, AASP and ASA associations meetings as well.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Cindy Shillito, Southern California CAA Chapter representative at (714) 944-4028 or at radiatorgirl@socal.rr.com. Please RSVP by August 24.

Registration will be from 6-6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. Terlep will speak from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $30 for CAA members or $45 for a non-member. Cost is $150 for vendors.

ASA Arizona has released the following statement:

Based on input from collision repair members and non-members, including repairers and vendors directly involved in the Parts Trader pilot program in Tucson, the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA Az) is issuing the following position statement in regards to State Farm Insurance' intent to implement this program on a nationwide basis;

  • ASA Az believes that the most efficient method of ordering parts is to utilize the local vendor network established by each repairer. Vendors earn the business they get from collision repair shops by consistently exceeding expectations in the areas of quality, service and pricing.
  • ASA Az believes that the implementation of Parts Trader will have a negative effect on the local economy as repair shops are encouraged and/or required to purchase parts from other geographical regions.
  • ASA Az believes that insurance companies should stay in the business of insurance and leave all aspects of the repair process to collision repair professionals.
  • ASA Az believes that introduction of the Parts Trader bidding system will increase cycle time and, therefore, negatively affect consumers.
  • ASA Az believes that parts procurement should be solely the responsibility of collision repair shops and that the mandatory use of Parts Trader is contrary to the free market principle that this country was founded on.


The repair process cannot be based on "price" but rather the professional opinion of the collision expert that is repairing the vehicle. Safety and Quality must always be the focus of the collision repairer. Parts Trader, or any system that uses "price" as a driving force, needs to be eliminated from our industry. This system does not benefit the collision repair shops, but could encourage short cuts that would have a negative effect on the consumer.

The third annual Barrett-Jackson Orange County Auction concluded its June 22-24 run at the OC Fair & Event Center with $1 million increase in sales and more than 400 cars sold.

For some automotive vendors, body shop owners and employees, golf is a lost afternoon spent in the bushes, sand traps and water hazards. But for others, golf tournaments like the one held by the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association’s (SCC-CAA) held at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, CA on June 27, it’s a great opportunity to network, imbibe, tell tall tales and even actually play some golf.

Famous golf names graced the annual tournament’s leader board, like Choi, Kim and Nelson. But, unfortunately, K.J. (Choi), Anthony (Kim) and Byron (Nelson)–professional golf stars of today and yesterday–weren’t in attendance. Instead, Ron Nelson (Enterprise’s Foursome #1), Yong Kim and Jae Choi (both in Annex Automotive’s Foursome #3), were all members of winning teams.

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The California Autobody Association, San Diego Chapter hosted the new Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) at its June 12 special meeting held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island in San Diego.