ASA-Texas Names Member of the Year
Robert Gruener, Autotechtronics By Robert Inc., in Katy, Texas, has been named the recipient of the 2009 ASA-Texas Member of the Year. The award announcement was made during ASA-Texas' Conference in Houston last October.
Gruener earned the prestigious award for his commitment to the local Houston chapter and the affiliate.
Pictured (l to r) B.J. Johnson, ASA vice president, membership services, Ron Meyer, and Bob Wills, ASA Mechanical Division Operations Committee member.
Ron Meyer, president of ASA-Michigan, officially retired Dec. 31, 2009, after more than 20 years of service to the association. On Jan. 28, 2010, ASA-Michigan held a surprise retirement party for him at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, Mich.
Approximately 80 people were in attendance to celebrate his retirement. The evening was filled with well-wishes and fond memories from members and affiliate board members.
Ray Fisher, ASA-Michigan incoming president, and Deb Wieber, ASA-Michigan administrative assistant, presented Ron and his wife, Sue, with an Alaskan Cruise on behalf of the membership. The members of the association donated the needed funds for the cruise in a show of appreciation for Meyer's 20 years of service.
ASA-Arizona will hold its Sunrise Annual Convention July 9-11, 2010, at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center in Prescott, Ariz. The three-day event will offer management and technical training, as well as an expo featuring the latest technology. For registration and convention information, contact the ASA-Arizona office at (602) 544-2600 or visit the affiliate's Web site, www.asaaz.org.
ASA-Georgia and ASA-South Carolina will host the Southern Tradeshow of Automotive Repair and Service (S.T.A.R.S.) March 19-21, 2010, at the Hilton Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. The event will offer attendees educational sessions on topics including sales and marketing, technician shortages, Internet marketing, chassis repair, brake systems, waterborne paints and much more. For more information, contact Neva Hollins, (706) 832-7242, firstname.lastname@example.org or Shirley Gordon, (803) 736-1489, email@example.com. Interested attendees may also visit the event's Web site, www.starsevent.com.
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