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Posted 9/10/2009

By Levy Joffrion

Complete Survey to Enter $250 Visa Card Drawing

How's Your Business?If you're an ASA member, you should have already received an e-mail containing the association's annual business survey. Fill it out, send it back, and you'll be entered in a drawing for a $250 Visa card. Do so by Sept. 27, because that's the deadline for participating in the survey and entering the drawing.

The winner will be drawn randomly and announced Sept. 29 on the association's Web site,

Condensed and online, the survey is easier to complete than ever before.

Lehman's Raises $5,220 For Patients, Caregivers

Lehman's Garage in Bloom_ington, Minn., held a classic car show July 25 that raised $5,220 for the Twin Cities Hope Lodge near the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus. Hope Lodge, which was built by the medical center and the American Cancer Society, provides a place to stay, free of charge, for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Darrell Amberson, director of ASA's Collision Division, is president of Lehman's Garage.

Sept. 30 Deadline for I-CAR Instructor of Year

I-CARSept. 30 is the deadline for applying for I-CAR Education Foundation's Instructor of the Year award. The winner of the award will receive an expense-paid trip to NACE 2009 where the winner will be recognized for his or her achievement.

The award is open to all collision repair instructors teaching at career and technical schools and colleges that use the I-CAR Live Curriculum. Members of the industry and fellow educators can nominate an instructor for the award by visiting and downloading the I-CAR Education Foundation Instructor of the Year Award application. Collision repair instructors are welcome to nominate themselves for the award as well.

15 Arizona Shops Earn AAA Top Shop Award

Fifteen ASA-member shops in Arizona have earned AAA Arizona Top Shop Awards. The shops were presented with a plaque at a lunch recently in Phoenix.

Honored were Hardin Brothers Automotive in Catalina; Hickey Automotive in Green Valley; Invision Auto Body and Thompson's Auto Repair & Towing in Mesa; 25th Street Automotive, APCO Hi-Tech Car Care, Kelly Clark Automotive Specialists (Bell Road) and Tony's Auto Service Center in Phoenix; Prescott Import Car Service in Prescott; Airpark Auto Service and Marshall's Service Center in Scottsdale; Mike's Sun City Union in Sun City; and 911 Collision Center, AASTRO Transmission & Auto Repair and Borst Automotive in Tucson.

NASTF to Meet Nov. 3 in Las Vegas

The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has announced that its fall meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The meeting will be held just prior to the International Autobody Congress and Exhibition (NACE) and Congress of Automotive Repair Services (CARS) trade shows.

In addition to the regular committee and organization reports, the meeting agenda includes an update and discussion on the state of the industry and a panel on "Non-key code uses for the Secure Data Release Model."

Charlie Gorman, chairman of NASTF, said: "The fall NASTF general meeting is usually well-attended due to its proximity to NACE and CARS. Given the current economic conditions and dramatic changes in the marketplace over the past year, we're looking forward to some lively input and discussion at this gathering and encourage every service professional attending AAPEX, SEMA, NACE or CARS to join us."


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