By B.J. Johnson
AMI to Hold Reunion Dinner
The Automotive Service Association and the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) will hold a reunion dinner for the institute's Accredited Automotive Managers (AAMs) May 1 at the Embassy Suites, Palm Springs, Calif. The dinner will be part of AMI's Spring Break Seminars, a four-day educational event to be held April 29-May 2, 2004.
The dinner will recognize AAMs for their accomplishment in achieving this prestigious designation. It will include entertainment and is open to all AAMs. There will be no charge for the first 50 AAMs who make reservations. Thereafter, tickets for the function will be $30 for AAMs and $45 for non-AAMs. To attend, please respond to AMI toll-free at (800) 272-7467, ext. 239, or call Fred Sullivan, seminar registration office, at (650) 340-6315.
In addition to the dinner, AMI's Spring Break will feature 11 business management seminars designed for automotive repair professionals. The seminars are part of AMI's accredited curriculum and will earn students credits toward the AAM designation. Students may opt to take seminars on all four days of the event, earning 36 credits; on two days to earn 24 credits; or one and one-half days to earn 18 credits.
To register for the Spring Break Seminars or for more information, call the seminar reservation office at (650) 340-6315.
Attention, ASA Members and Business Partners
ASA is upgrading its business system to a Web-based platform during the first quarter of 2004. This initiative is being undertaken so that we can provide member information to you in a timely, cost-effective manner.
The ASA membership directory you are accustomed to receiving in print will not be available in 2004. Member information will be located on the ASA Web site, www.asashop.org. You will need your membership identification number to access the information.
ASA is committed to using Internet-based programs and other electronic options to provide the membership directory in a more cost-efficient manner. Members will be notified as these electronic options develop.
ASA-Nebraska Announces 2004 Affiliate Officers
At a meeting held in November, officers of the ASA-Nebraska affiliate were announced. Those serving a one-year term are Jennifer Ralston, Ron's Garage, president; George Witt, AAM, George Witt Service, vice president; Bob Batt, Auto Tek, treasurer; and Jackie Pfeifle, Autoworks, secretary.
ASA Member Named NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year
Merrill was selected because of his long-standing dedication to excellence in the automotive repair industry. His customer service efforts, superior technical skills, continuing education and community involvement were key factors in his receiving the recognition. Merrill was named the NAPA/ASE Maine Tech of the Year six times before earning the national award.
A member of the NAPA AutoCare program for more than 10 years, Horsepower Autocare recently received the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Award. In addition, the business is a member of the Automotive Service Association and the AAA Approved Auto Repair program.
ASA-Colorado Announces Conference Dates
ASA-Colorado will hold its Automotive Marketing and Training Conference March 12-13 at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Denver. The two-day event will provide mechanical- and collision-related seminars on various topics including management, marketing, and preventive maintenance training.
Contact ASA-Colorado at (303) 202-5231 for housing and registration information.
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