Call for Member FeedbackPosted 4/17/2006
By Denny Kahler, AAM
As you read this issue, my term as ASA chairman is about to end. It has been an exciting and fulfilling year serving you and this association. I would like to personally thank the ASA board of directors and our government affairs and operations committees for their guidance, support and commitment during the year. Many of these shop owners work full days and spend time before and after business hours for the benefit of our industry. Your association staff in Bedford, Texas, does a fantastic job pursuing the objectives of ASA's strategic plan and offers incredible support to the board.
I also want to give a special "Thank You" to Bob Redding, our Washington, D.C., representative. Bob has been very busy this past year serving our legislative needs. The issues are vast and include association health plan legislation, super warranty concerns, insurer-owned shop issues and information availability programs, to name a few.
Having had the honor of serving you these past 12 months, I'd like to conclude my term with two important requests. Not only will they help your next chairman, but ultimately, they will help you, too.
My first request is that you feel free to provide feedback to ASA - and do so. Your comments regarding industry issues, benefit programs and legislative concerns are extremely helpful to us. Hearing from you - our fellow members - is not only welcome, but necessary if we are to provide you with the best benefits and services possible.
Several times I have requested opinions on various issues presented on this page. I anticipated an overwhelming number of responses, but that usually was not the case. I hope this means ASA is doing a great job fulfilling your needs and desires. Our benefits continue to increase in quality and value. In the past year we created ASA OnDemand, your electronic member directory and benefits portfolio; provided the industry with ASA's Ultimate Buyers Guide; grew our education and training programs; improved ASA's online shop locator; added Web site development and hosting; plus a list of other money-saving benefits from parts purchases to diagnostic repair information. We'll continue to provide excellent member benefit programs, and your feedback on these programs is needed.
My second request is that you participate in the Chairman's Club, ASA's grassroots recruitment program. Our numbers continue to grow, and the more voices we have - the more we are united - the stronger we will be. I'm asking you to "Help ASA Grow." A member recruitment card is included in this issue, and participation in the Chairman's Club is simple! For every member application we process at the national office that is attributable to your recruiting efforts, you receive 5 points. The member with the most points Sept. 15, 2006, will receive the grand prize - one expense-paid trip to CARS or NACE. (Visit the Members Only section of the ASA Web site for details. Click on "ASA Chairman's Club.") Even if you only recruit one member you will have made a difference in the opportunities ASA can provide you and our industry.
In closing, let me simply say, "Thank You!" It has been a privilege to serve as your chairman.
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