In spite of the nuances of the corona virus, CAWA, in its adjustments to a new and unusual reality, still had a very productive and successful year in 2020.
Here are some of the major highlights of the year:
Legislation, Legal and Regulaation Highlights
Reviewed hundreds of legislative proposals in the three states we represent to ascertain their relevancy to the auto care industry and members of CAWA.
In coalition with national and state automotive aftermarket associations and companies, developed and implemented a plan for pursuing a vehicle safety inspection program in California.
CAWA was represented on the Bureau of Automotive Repair Advisory Group.
Educated legislators on the value and importance of aftermarket replacement parts.
Provided members with information regarding new laws affecting their businesses.
Joined coalitions with chambers of commerce and other business groups to speak out against unnecessary regulations and legislation that impedes the growth of business.
Partnered with state administrative agencies to inform and educate consumers on their warranty rights, i.e., that parts and service outside their dealership would not void their warranty.
Commissioned its attorneys in all three states to provide free legal consultation to members for a variety of legal issues.
Provided daily vigilance on behalf of the industry in the state capitols---Sacramento, Carson City, Phoenix and our nation’s capitol Washington D.C., in partnership with...
...our national colleagues at the Auto Care Association and CARE.
CAWA was represented on the Auto Care Association’s Government Affairs Committee to assess what was occurring nationally that could impact our members in the states we represent.
Actively opposed a California ballot proposition that would have excluded business for Proposition 13 (property tax) protections and an income tax increase initiative in Arizona.
Consulted during the legislative sessions with executives and lobbyists of other aftermarket associations to assure the industry would speak with one voice in the legislative process.
Met with governmental regulatory agencies to research members’ issues so that the member could remain anonymous in the discussion regarding the issue.
Communicated new laws, case law, compliance alerts, regulations and industry news to members to determine the impact on their business.
CAWA promoted and lobbied our three state governments that our members were essential businesses and needed to remain open throughout the pandemic.
Provided the membership with a certificate template for their workers to show authorities that they were essential during “shelter in place” governmental orders.
Gave direction on where and how to access government dollars to support members’ businesses.
Training and Scholarships
Awarded scholarships to deserving students either currently employed or seeking careers in the auto care industry.
Developed a webinar in conjunction with other state aftermarket associations and the Auto Care Association on...
...the “State of the Aftermarket” that attracted several hundred participants.
Provided free sexual harassment training for employees, required by law, for members through a partnership with CoreMark Insurance Services.
Held training and informational programs for our members, including “Digital Disruption and the Future of the Aftermarket;" “Collaboration on a Full Channel Level;" and “Oh This Industry We Call the Aftermarket---What Now," to name a few.
Awarded scholarships (the Motorcar Parts of America-Selwyn Joffe Awards) to automotive high school teachers to assure their programs remained vibrant and relevant.
Supported career technical training in the states we represent.
Actively provided information and training on new technologies, including telematics, e-Commerce, ADAS and cybersecurity to educate members and others regarding the impact on the industry.
Promoted an industry specific online job board for companies and individuals through the CAWA Career Center.
Endorsed Programs and Services
Developed and implemented an insurance health trust in the state of Arizona and Nevada to provide quality and competitive insurance programs to the membership while reducing their premium payments.
Continued to provide quality and competitive business services including free legal consultation, insurance programs, website development services, credit card processing, financial services consultation and business forms, as examples.
Offered member discounted workers compensation and...
...general liability insurance to the membership.
Provided free access to VIP Employee Benefits Services and an electronic human resource library to answer members’ questions regarding human resource-employment issues, personnel policies and practices, etc.
Continued to reach out to members of the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) to encourage them to participate in association leadership meetings and training sessions, at no cost.
Hosted a YANG Meet-Up in support of the organization.
Expanded a very active presence in social media to become a clear voice for the auto care industry out west.
Educated the membership regarding resources available to them if their companies or employees suffered from wild fires.
Answered many questions from the membership and directed them, as appropriate, to where their issue or questions could be resolved quickly.
Continuously updated the association’s website to bring industry news and alerts to the membership. The website was exclusively sponsored by AISIN World Corp of America and Idemitsu Lubricants America.
Continued promoting the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation and its mission to the industry.
Encouraged members to host “Cash in the Can Drive Thru and Cash In” events for collection and recycling small cans of R-134a refrigerant.
Assisted the Auto Care Association in promoting...
...“Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.”
Produced the association’s bi-monthly newsletter, “Connections,” to keep members and the industry apprised of issues out west that could impact their business. The newsletter was exclusively sponsored by the Automotive Distribution Network.
Provided networking opportunities to members of the automotive aftermarket to improve their skills and knowledge so they could be the best they can be in the performance of their jobs.
Our success as an automotive aftermarket trade association comes from an active and contributory leadership made up of the Board of Directors and a Manufacturers Advisory Council. The association thanks them for their time, effort and commitment to CAWA and the industry we represent.
Our general membership, too, gave the association the capability to make the industry’s voice heard throughout the west, as the industry’s “first line of defense.”
Thanks, too, to the companies that sponsored CAWA events and programs in 2020.
Given the continuing coronavirus uncertainties, CAWA still looks forward to another productive year in 2021 and wish our members the best in business and thank them for their support.