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  Around ASA
Posted 6/10/2005
By B.J. Johnson

ASA-Rhode Island To Hold Management Education Event

The ASA-Rhode Island affiliate will hold an educational event June 25-26 at the Radisson Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick, R.I. The two-day event will feature two AMI seminars. Attendees will earn credits toward the institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. George Witt, AAM, will teach two of his AMI accredited seminars, "Marketing for the Independent Service Facility - The Basics" and "Become the Manager Everyone Wants to Work For."

To register or more information, contact Omar or Karen Martin at (401) 789-5840/(401) 789-3150.

ASA-Nebraska Announces Convention Dates and Theme

The ASA-Nebraska 2005 affiliate annual convention will be held Oct. 14-16 in Kearney, Neb. The theme for this year's event is "A Blueprint for Success." Event highlights include management education and technical training, as well as an exhibitor showcase. As the blueprint for the convention takes shape, more information will follow.

To learn about the ASA-Nebraska convention, contact Tom Scanlon at (402) 476-1815 or Bryan Haase at (402) 466-6010.

Illinois Affiliate Plans Lake Cruise

The second annual 2005 ASA-Illinois Mechanical Division (ASA-ILMD) cruise and fireworks display will be held July 22 on Lake Michigan. Attendees will enjoy an evening of famous Windy City delicacies, as well as a fireworks display.

To register, or for more information, contact the ASA-ILMD office at (630) 969-4563 or visit the affiliate's Web site,

Shop Owners Commit Total of $35,000 to AMI

Mike Anderson, owner of Wagonwork Collision Centers in Alexandria, Va., has committed $25,000 and Myron and Linda Hazen of Collision Repair Center Inc. in East Moline, Ill., have committed $10,000 to EXCEL, the resource development effort of the Automotive Management Institute (AMI).

Their commitments to AMI will be combined with other leadership contributions to continue AMI's mission of providing and promoting practical business management education tailored to the automotive service industry.

Anderson is an AMI-approved instructor. In addition to teaching, he is also pursuing the Institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation, which is awarded to students after their completing 120 credits of management education. "When I take an AMI course, I always leave with a new strategy or solution that I can immediately implement in the shop. AMI courses have made me more successful, and I'm pleased to give financial support to EXCEL," said Anderson.

Myron, who earned his AAM designation in 2003, also said his management skills are stronger and his business more successful because of AMI courses. "My financial commitment to AMI is a way of giving back to the Institute and helping ensure its future," said Myron.

Recruit and Win!

The Chairman's Club has always been an integral part of ASA's membership recruitment program. All you have to do to become a part of the Chairman's Club is recruit at least one member. The rewards? Depending on your level of participation, you could receive recognition in AutoInc., recognition at ASA's Celebration of Excellence, or you may even win the grand prize of one expense-paid trip to the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) or the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE). For more details about the Chairman's Club, please visit the Members Only area of ASA's Web site at


  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) held its annual business meeting April 20-23 in Fort Worth, Texas. The event provides a forum for several association leadership activities including open meetings of the ASA affiliate assembly and board of directors; a State of the Association address by Ron Pyle, ASA's president and chief staff executive; and the installation of the 2005-2006 board of directors.

    Denny Kahler, AAM, Kahler's Werkstatt, Dublin, Calif., was named chairman of ASA's board of directors for 2005-06. Kahler assumed the chairman's post at the conclusion of the annual meeting.

    Kahler succeeds Geralynn Kottschade, AAM, Jerry's Body Shop Inc. in Mankato, Minn. Kottschade moves to the past chairman's seat on the board of directors for one year.

    Other members of ASA's 2005-06 board include Charles Elder, AAM, chairman-elect, Ray Gordon Brake Service, Tallahassee, Fla.; and Aaron Clements, AAM, secretary/treasurer, C&C Automotive, Augusta, Ga.

    Serving as general directors are Reggie Denney, AAM, Reggie Denney Auto Repair, Eden, N.C.; Mike Mahneke, AAM, Mahneke Motors, Goleta, Calif.; and Ben Steinman, AAM, Ben's Auto Body, Mexico, Mo.

    Serving as affiliate directors are Dennis Sterwerf, AAM, Fairfield Auto & Truck Service, Fairfield, Ohio; Stephen Keller, AAM, Keller Import Service Inc., Easley, S.C.; and Ron Nagy, AAM, Nagy's Body & Frame Shop Inc., Doylestown, Ohio.

    The final two board positions are held by the Collision and Mechanical Division directors: Darrell Amberson, AAM, Lehman's Garage, Bloomington, Minn.; and Earl Dohner, AAM, E&E's Garage, Brookville, Ohio.

    Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive, also serves on the ASA board of directors in an ex-officio capacity. Members of the 2005-2006 ASA executive committee are Kahler, Kottschade, Elder, Clements and Sterwerf.

  • Mark your calendars to attend the 2005 Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) to be held Nov. 3-5 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The program will include business management seminars offered by AMI, which will earn attendees credit toward the institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. In addition to management education, CARS will offer several technical courses. Last year's exhibitor showcase was filled to capacity with more than 50 exhibitors participating in the event. This year offers the opportunity for an even larger showcase, allowing attendees to experience the latest in mechanical repair products and services. The exhibitor showcase will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, during the Service Professionals Industry Reception, and again Friday, Nov. 4, during the CARS luncheon.

    Visit the CARS Web site,, for the latest event information, as well as registration and housing information.

  • ASA's Collision Division Operations Committee held a meeting at the association's national headquarters in Bedford, Texas, May 13-14. As Collision Division director, Darrell Amberson, AAM, chairs the committee, which had a full agenda during the two-day event. The committee discussed a variety of industry issues and committee activities, including the activities of the group's subcommittees. Members of the committee are national ASA members who have volunteered their time to serve the needs of collision repair professionals nationwide.

Reminder of the Month

Interested in becoming a national board member?
Any regular member interested in being considered for the Automotive Service Association national board of directors should contact the national office and request a Consideration Form. Contact Jo Ann Abramuk toll-free at (800) 272-7467, ext. 211. Consideration forms must be completed and received no later than July 22, 2005.

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