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  Chairman's Message

Reflecting on 2008; Looking Ahead to 2009

Posted 12/11/2008
By Reggie Denney, AAM, Chairman

Reggie DenneyOur first annual Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) is now history. We had a great CARS and NACE! Those who attended the 2008 ASRW received some great training and saw a lot of new items that can make our jobs easier and safer. If you missed the 2008 ASRW, make plans now to attend in 2009. It will be held Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas.

The national presidential election is over, and we have a new president. With all the concerns over the economy, our new leadership will have a number of things to straighten out to get our economy rolling again - soon, I pray.

Speaking of elections, it's time for ASA members to vote on candidates for the ASA national board. The ASA nominating committee has selected a great slate of candidates from which to choose. If you don't know these candidates, I suggest you talk to your fellow members or call the candidates directly and form your own opinion. The candidates were listed in the October issue of AutoInc., and voting details are included on page 45 of this issue. Voting begins Jan. 2 and ends Feb. 28.

By the way, if you are interested in serving on the national board of directors, I encourage you to explore your options as we are always looking for new leaders to contribute to this association. Talk with me or other board members to learn more, and watch for official announcements on how to get involved in upcoming issues of AutoInc. Your time serving on the board will be greatly offset by what you gain from giving back to our industry.

Industry analysis indicates our automotive service and repair industry will shrink in 2009. ASA members are the "cream of the crop" in our auto repair industry, so let ASA help you stay afloat with many great money-saving benefits offered to you and other ASA members. Keep in mind that ASA has a Federal Credit Union for your financial needs. And speaking of finances, I'm pleased to announce that your board of directors has voted not to raise the national dues for 2009, but keep them the same as 2008 (see related item).

Your national office is on good financial grounds to weather these tough times. Your ASA staff in Bedford, Texas, will be there for you anytime you need help. Don't hesitate to call them.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your chairman. On behalf of the board of directors and the ASA staff, Merry Christmas and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

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