By Stacie Lutz, AAM
Chairman's Club 2006 Award Winner Announced
ASA presented its Chairman's Club Award to Bob Schlanger, owner of British Car Service, Tucson, Ariz., at the CARS Luncheon Nov. 4 in Las Vegas. The award honors ASA members who recruited or provided leads for prospective shops to become members of the association.
By recruiting 10 new members to ASA, Schlanger earned an expense-paid trip to the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS). Schlanger said the difficult part of recruiting is simply that people who own independent shops are just that - independent. To show the value of membership in ASA, he invites shop owners to visit one of the chapter's dinner meetings to network with peers. "Being self-reliant has served them well. I think it's the ability to network with their peers - and realize that they are not alone out there - is what turns a nonmember into an ASA member," said Schlanger. "The benefits are just frosting on the cake."
The Chairman's Club program is based on a point system: five points are earned for each new member a current member recruits. The member with the most points by a specified date is awarded the grand prize - an expense-paid trip to either CARS or the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE).
The ASA Chairman's Club is an essential part of ASA's membership recruitment program. "I believe the best way to build an organization is through current members finding new members, and I encouraged all of our members to sign up at least one new member in the coming year," said Charlie Elder, AAM, ASA chairman and owner of Ray Gordon Brake Service, Tallahassee, Fla.
More than 30 members participated in the 2006 Chairman's Club program. Individuals who participated received a certificate of appreciation from ASA for their recruitment efforts. The next grand prize recipient will be determined Sept. 14, 2007. To learn more about the Chairman's Club, call the ASA membership department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295; or visit the ASA Community section in the Members Only area of the ASA Web site at www.ASAshop.org.
Important ASA Membership Information
Every successful business monitors its operating expenses and cost of doing business. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is no different in that regard; beginning January 2007, it is announcing a dues increase.
This minimal increase will allow ASA to expand its presence as the association works to fulfill its mission of advancing professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.
For more information, contact the ASA membership department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295, or the accounting department, ext. 220.
What Are They Up To?
AutoInc. Profiles Past Chairmen of ASA
Q: What are you doing currently?
Q: What advice would you give to ASA members aspiring to serve on the board?
Q: What are your best memories and accomplishments as chairman?
None of the accomplishments were mine - they all belonged to the collective energy and vision of the leadership and the staff. Utmost would be participating in the merger of IGO and IASA to form ASA. This was such a historical benchmark where so many people set aside personal politics and self-recognition for a greater purpose and goal. Additionally, I got to share in the growth years of NACE, see an entire industry take itself to the next level and be exposed to so many world-class people like Galen Poss and his staff who I probably aged severely when I went to the podium.
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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