Management Education, Industry Impact Sessions Highlight 2009 Annual ConventionPosted 3/2/2009
Take Your Success to the Next Level -
Each year, ASA members from across the nation gather together for management education, industry information and camaraderie with fellow members at ASA's Annual Convention. This year, attendees will continue that tradition and enjoy luxuriously relaxing Orlando, Fla., as the setting for an eventful and informative weekend April 30-May 2 at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center.
To help attendees keep their businesses on track for a successful 2009, ASA has three Automotive Management Institute (AMI) seminars and nine new Industry Impact sessions slated for its 2009 Annual Convention.
• Friday, May 1, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., G. Kent "G.K." Mangelson will present "Advanced Lawsuit Protection, Tax Reduction and Estate Planning Strategies," a course providing attendees with information their advisers may be unaware of. Mangelson will teach attendees to structure their businesses for lawsuit protection and prevention, reduce liability insurance costs, minimize taxes and create a successful estate and business succession plan. This course is AMI approved, and attendees will earn four AMI credits toward the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.
"Even in the current economy, our members continue to be successful," said Bill Haas, ASA's vice president of education and training. "The reason we continue to see our members succeed is their preparation and determination. These seminars offer valuable information businesses can rely on for their immediate and long-term success."
• Saturday, May 2, from 8:45 a.m. to Noon, Bob Cooper will present "Turn Your Employees into Superstars." Designed for shop owners, this seminar will teach attendees how to look for key attributes in employee superstars; how to bring out the best in all employees; how to avoid the most common mistakes owners and managers make; and how to handle the most difficult employees.
• Also on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Cooper will present "The Secrets of Success." Attendees will learn how easy it is to set goals that can take their career to extraordinary heights in this eye-opening seminar that will change the way shop owners run their businesses. Cooper will also provide attendees with the information needed to set personal and career goals that are guaranteed to be life-changing, and he will share the six timeless secrets of success that are followed by some of the most successful people in the world.
Both Saturday courses are AMI approved, and attendees will earn six AMI credits for each class toward the AAM designation.
"For the past 20 years, AMI has worked closely with ASA to provide the quality educational programs convention attendees have come to expect," said Toni Slaton, AAM, AMI executive director. "Today's challenging business climate has made it an absolute necessity to equip shop owners and managers with the tools to stay ahead of the curve. This year's timely topics are packed with valuable information and presented by two experienced instructors eager to share their knowledge."
• Throughout the day Saturday, May 2, attendees will be able to attend the newest addition to the convention agenda - a variety of Industry Impact sessions focusing on specific industry issues. The flexible schedule of presentations will allow attendees to map out a schedule that best suits their business needs.
The Industry Impact sessions available for collision repair attendees are:
• Waterborne Paint Panel Discussion
• Crash Parts - "What I Need, When I Need It ... Will It Work?"
• ASA's Collision Division Update
• SEO and Internet Marketing for the Collision Repair Facility
• High-Strength Steels and Alternative Metals
The Industry Impact sessions available for automotive service attendees are:
• Advanced Technology Powertrains - Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell Systems: The Impact on the Automotive Aftermarket
• ASA Mechanical Division Update
• Parts Quality Panel Discussion
• The Future of Telematics and Independent Service Shops
For full listings and descriptions of these sessions, visit www.ASAshop.org/Annual09.
Additional highlights of the 2009 agenda include the ASA board of directors meeting; a State of the Association address by Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive; an affiliate assembly meeting; a benefit provider networking reception; and ASA's annual Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, which will again host the AMI graduation ceremony. Visit www.ASAshop.org/Annual09 to register today or mail or fax in the form, which can be downloaded here.
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