By B.J. Johnson
ASA-Illinois Holds Successful Event
The two-day event offered 12 technical courses on topics including OBD-II, electronic service information, air fuel sensors and current probe information. Six management seminars were also offered on various areas including business and strategic planning, service advising and work flow management.
In addition to the educational lineup, more than 40 exhibitors displayed the latest technology in automotive service products and services.
As a result of the success of this year's show, the affiliate is already planning next year's event. ASA-ILMD will hold Odyssey 2005 Feb. 25-26. For more information, contact Tim Seeden, executive director, (630) 969-4563.
ASA Announces New Affiliate
ASA-Michigan Joins National AssociationThe Automotive Service Association board of directors has approved ASA-Michigan as its newest affiliate.
"We look forward to working closely with the ASA members in Michigan. From legislative efforts to member benefits, we anticipate a strong working relationship that will enhance the value of membership and advance the industry as a whole," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "Their commitment to this industry is apparent and we look forward to actively supporting their efforts."
ASA-Michigan becomes the 16th affiliate for the national association.
"ASA-Michigan (formerly the Automotive Service Councils of Michigan) has taken a positive step toward unifying the repair industry. This has always been one of our goals," said Ray Fraser, owner of American Collision in Detroit and ASA-Michigan's chairman of the board. "I hope other states will look at this and evaluate their position for the good of the industry."
Ron Meyer, AAM, president of ASA-Michigan, said, "I am really proud of our board and membership. The board evaluated this major decision very carefully and met the challenge to determine the best direction for the future of the association. Most importantly, it was decided by our members. An overwhelming majority voted that affiliation with ASA was the best move for them and the industry."
Reminder of the Month
Focused on a commitment to advance grassroots advocacy campaigns, the Automotive Service Association has created a new Web site to help mobilize support or dissent for issues directly impacting the automotive repair industry on both federal and state levels. The site, www.TakingTheHill.com, serves as a sophisticated grassroots program and reference guide for ASA members and other industry professionals.
The core of the site is ASA's new Legislative Alert Center. This feature bridges the communication gap between advocates and their elected officials by offering a convenient venue to contact state and federal representatives with the click of a button. Currently, messages can be sent regarding the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, Association Health Plans (AHPs) legislation and class action reform.
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