By Levy Joffrion
Apply Now for AMI Scholarships
There's still time to apply for seven scholarships to be awarded this year by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI). But hurry, there's not much time left to apply.
Aug. 13 is the application deadline for six of the scholarships.
Three of those scholarships are for expenses to attend the 2010 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) in Las Vegas Oct. 10-13. Three of the scholarships are for expenses to attend the 2010 Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas Oct. 10-13.
The three scholarships for expenses to attend NACE include:
• The Emil Stanley Merit Award.
• The $1,000 Bodyshop Business Magazine scholarship.
• The Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship.
The three scholarships for expenses to attend CARS includes:
• The $1,000 Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship.
• The $1,000 scholarship provided by Automotive Video Inc. (AVI).
• The $1,000 Zurich "High Octane" scholarship.
CARS and NACE will be co-located as part of Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW), which was launched in Las Vegas in 2008 by the Automotive Service Association. The two events will be at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by AMI on or before Sept. 13.
It is OK to apply for more than one scholarship.
AMI is also accepting applications for a $1,000 Automotive Video Inc. Education Scholarship to be applied toward the recipients' expenses to attend the 2010 AVI Training Conference in Las Vegas Nov. 4-5. Applications for the scholarship must be received by AMI on or before Sept. 10.
For more information or to request an application for any of the scholarships, call AMI at (800) 272-7467, ext. 241, or fill out a scholarship application online at www.amionline.org.
iATN Poll Optimistic About Auto Repair
A recent poll done by the International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN) indicates 67 percent of respondents expect an increase in 2010.
Of those responding, 50.9 percent anticipate a slight increase, while an additional 16.1 percent foresee a dramatic increase.
Business is expected to stay the same as last year for 19 percent of respondents, and 14 percent predict a slight or dramatic decline.
The online poll concluded in March 2010 with 4,050 votes from iATN members.
Business Survey Coming Soon
A word to the wise about something coming down the pike: This year's "How's Your Business" survey will be coming to you online soon.
Now in its 18th year, the annual business survey provides a snapshot of the automotive service and repair industry and showcases the independent segment - the primary market of the ASA membership base. Survey data captures how repair facilities are doing in terms of sales, profits, salaries and other key elements of daily business operations.
Watch AutoInc. for more information on the survey.
Sherwin-Williams Cites ASA Members
Two ASA members were honored recently as recipients of Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes' annual A-Plus Network Vision Group Collision Centers of the Year.
Cited were Barry Burkholder of Barry's Paint Shop in Ephrata, Pa.; and Al Waller of Fradelia's Collision Center in Metairie, La.
The collision repair facilities are part of Sherwin-Williams' value-added program that combines comprehensive business solutions to help the facilities improve customer service, employee growth, insurance relationships, process refinement, productivity and profitability.
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