By B.J. Johnson
ASA Announces Dates, Location for 2006 Annual Business Meeting
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced its 2006 annual business meeting will be held April 26-29 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. Highlighting the agenda will be open meetings of the ASA affiliate assembly and board of directors, as well as an operations committee forum featuring both collision and mechanical committee members. Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive, will deliver a state-of-the-association address during the Saturday luncheon, and a new chairman of the ASA board of directors will be sworn in during the event.
"ASA's annual business meeting allows our association leaders to come together to discuss current issues, lay the groundwork for future accomplishments and review the progress of the past year," said Pyle. "Our board of directors, affiliate representatives and division operations committees are among the various association representatives who will be on hand during the event to address the specific needs of today's independent service providers."
For additional information regarding the ASA annual business meeting, contact Robbie Talley, ASA's manager of Meetings and Travel, at (800) 272-7467, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration information, contact Carol Dennis, housing and registration specialist, (800) 272-7467, ext. 220, or email@example.com.
AIPC Awards More Than $500,000 in Prizes
The Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC) is a national advisory group of industry leaders, vocational/technical educators, and educational policy-makers whose mission is to promote communication, cooperation and excellence in automotive service training programs. One of the methods they use to accomplish this mission is the Automotive Awards of Excellence in Automotive Technician Training Programs. Each year, all ASE/NATEF certified programs are invited to participate. Training programs that may participate are Automobile Technician, Collision Repair/Refinishing, and Medium/ Heavy Duty Truck. State winners are recognized in three categories: secondary program, postsecondary - generic program and postsecondary - manufacturer affiliated program (ASEP, CAP, ASSET, PACT, etc.)
Entries are submitted to AIPC where a national winner and two runners-up are selected in each category. The national winners receive their trophies/awards each year at the Association for Career and Technical Education convention. Each of this year's national winners received more than $50,000 in vehicles, tools, training equipment, North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) memberships/conference registrations, and Automotive Service Association (ASA) educational memberships for their programs. Donations were given to the national and state winners by American Honda, ASE/NATEF, ATech Training, DaimlerChrysler, NACAT and ASA. In addition, Toyota made a special donation of $7,500 to the Kirkwood Community College T-Ten program. Total prize package for the 2005 winners and runners-up was more than $500,000. The 2006 application for the Automotive Awards of Excellence is now available for download from the AIPC Web site, www.autoinc.org.
ASA-Baton Rouge to Elect Affiliate Board
The ASA-Baton Rouge affiliate will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday, March 9 at the Drusilla Place in Baton Rouge. The affiliate will elect board members at the meeting, as well as have its annual crawfish boil.
For more information, contact Gary Varnado, affiliate president, (225) 664-2869.
Win an Expense-Paid Trip to CARS or NACE! Learning
No one can recruit another shop into your trade association better than you. That's why the Chairman's Club has always been an integral part of the Automotive Service Association's membership recruitment program.
We are pleased to say the tradition continues. Joining the club couldn't be easier. Signing up one new member for ASA gets you in! What's the reward for your time and dedication? Depending on your level of participation, you could receive recognition in AutoInc. magazine,* 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 every member application we process at the national office that is attributable to your recruiting efforts, you will receive five points. We will determine if you're eligible by the information provided on the membership application. The most common credits for recruiting come from providing ASA's national recruiters with the names and addresses of prospect shops in your area or by personally visiting shops with a recruiter.
The member with the most points on Sept. 15, 2006, will receive one expense-paid** trip to CARS or NACE. In the case of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner. To be eligible for the trip, you must have a minimum of 50 points.
*Based on points, we'll recognize the top five participants in AutoInc.
**Expenses covered - round-trip airline tickets for two plus registrations to the event and three nights in a hotel. Food and beverage are the responsibility of the winner. All accommodations must be arranged by ASA.
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