By Stacie Lutz, AAM
ASA-Nebraska Holds Annual Convention
This year's annual convention for ASA-Nebraska was held Oct. 6-8 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney, Neb. In keeping with the convention's theme - Direction '06, Drive Into the Future - the event provided attendees with valuable training and educational programs for their business blueprint. There was a great response from all who attended. Featured speakers for the convention were Bryan Haase, ASA-Nebraska president, and, Bill Haas, AAM, with ASA national. The Saturday night banquet speaker was Steve Beck.
The convention hosted more than 60 industry professionals. Kelly Bennett, AAM, taught this year's management training courses: "Show Me the Money" and "Be A Great Leader." Delphi's Jim Moore provided the mechanical technical training. Moore taught "OBD-II Strategies," "OBD-II Diagnostics and Mode 6" and "Emerging Technology." On the collision side of the industry, Jackie Shriver of I-CAR taught "Steel Full-Frame Sectioning (SPS03)," "Electric and Electric Hybrid Vehicles (ALT01)," and "Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05)." In addition to the phenomenal education and training programs, attendees had the opportunity to see the latest in automotive products and services provided by 10 exhibiting companies and 13 support companies.
The convention committee is already busy planning next year's event, which is scheduled at Harrah's in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 5-7, 2007.
- ASA national membership recruiter Bret Sullins visited with Neva Hollins, executive director of ASA-Georgia, Sept. 11-15. Together, the pair visited more than 80 collision repair facilities and attended several chapter meetings across the state. There is a new ASA chapter in Athens, Ga., as a result of Sullins and Hollins' efforts. "Neva Hollins has gone beyond the call of duty in recruiting for Georgia," said Sullins, when asked about the recent trip.
ASA has launched an expanded version of the Ultimate Buyers Guide for Service Professionals. The product is a Web-based buyer's guide that provides shop owners and industry professionals worldwide immediate access to products and services catered specifically to their needs. The guide can be accessed through the association's home page, www.ASAshop.org, or through a direct link at
- Tiger Cubs Visit ASA
Cub Scout Troop 525 visited ASA in November. The Troop toured the AutoInc. offices to learn how the monthly magazine is created. From left to right are Ezra Sharpe, 5; Cameron Barkley, 6; Jonathan Sanford, 6; Kyler Northrip, 7; Zane Taylor, 6; Michael Thorne, 6; and Jackson Skelton, 6.
Reminder of the Month
Exercise Your Membership Rights
As an ASA member, you have the right to elect members to the national board of directors. The ASA board elections will be held Jan. 2 to Feb. 28, 2007. All regular members in good standing with ASA are eligible to cast their vote for the two positions of ASA general director.
The voting process will guide each member through the necessary steps to vote. When voting opens, the entire process will be conducted electronically using a toll-free telephone number or by logging onto a secured Web site.
Once members have phoned in or entered the Web site, they will vote by entering their member number plus a three-digit security code number and following the prompts. These numbers can be found on the mailing labels of this issue and January and February 2007 issues of AutoInc. The member number and security code are directly above the addressee's full name and enclosed by parentheses ( ). Example: (123456 789).
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