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Posted 11/11/2010

Important ASA Membership Information

Every successful business monitors its operating expenses and cost of doing business - the Automotive Service Association is no different in that regard. To maintain association business services at the level our members deserve, the ASA board of directors has approved a dues increase that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.

The increase will allow ASA to expand its presence as the association works to fulfill its mission of advancing professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.

To assist members in spreading the costs of membership over an entire year, rather than making a single payment, ASA offers a continuous membership payment option. Members may elect to pay membership dues by credit card in annual, quarterly or semiannual payments. This payment option saves time because once members sign up for the program, they will have the convenience of automatic renewal and will not have to remember to write a check for their ASA dues. A member's credit card statement will be receipt of payment. To take advantage of ASA's Continuous Membership payment option, contact the ASA membership department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295, or the accounting department at ext. 220.

Act now to save! In addition to ASA's Continuous Membership payment plan, members may elect to pay a minimum of three (3) years in advance to lock in their 2010 membership dues rate. For more information on this savings opportunity, contact the Membership Department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295.

ASA in the News

ASA Featured in Auto Safety Publication for Consumers
Four ASA members contribute 'Panel of Experts' content

Content provided by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times in a supplemental section created by MediaPlanet, an independent publisher of focused reports distributed with leading newspapers and online sites. In addition, four ASA members participated in a question-and-answer section providing motorists with auto safety advice. The "Panel of Experts" section featured Bill Moss, AAM, Ferris Automotive Inc. Warrenton, Va.; David Kusa, Autotrend Diagnostics, Campbell, Calif.; Diane Larson, AAM, Larson's Service Inc., Peabody, Mass.; and Betty Jo Young, AAM, Young's Automotive Center, Houston, Texas.

"As members of ASA's Mechanical Division Operations Committee, we were grateful for the opportunity to share our expertise in this way. Educating the public and arming consumers with correct information is critical to the safe and economical operation of the motor vehicles we service and repair each day," said Moss, who serves as ASA's Mechanical Division director.

The publication is currently available online and can be conveniently accessed from the home page of ASA's website at

What Every Member Needs to Know

Watch for AutoInc.'s annual "How's Your Business?" report in the next issue of AutoInc. A big thanks to our members who participated in the survey! Look to this report for a glimpse of how other ASA members are doing across the country - and use it to as a benchmark tool for your own business. Collision and mechanical reports will be available.

ASA Members Benefit from Full-Time Representation in D.C.
Meet your legislative analysts

Bob Redding
Philip Thompson
Kaitlyn Dwyer

Meet the legislative analysts who work with Bob Redding in ASA's Washington, D.C. office on your behalf. ASA is the only association of its kind with full-time representation on The Hill.

Philip C. Thompson Jr. attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas and earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He is originally from Atlanta, Ga. Thomas says he has learned a lot about the automotive service and repair industry while working in ASA's Washington, D.C., office.

"I have learned a great deal about the automotive industry, independent repairers and the challenges they face - and the legislation that may affect their business," said Thomas. "My recent experience at the ASRW Forum has also provided me with a clearer knowledge of the industry, and will help me better understand the information needs of independent repairers."

Kaitlyn Dwyer graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She is from Westchester County, New York. Before graduating and beginning work at ASA's Washington, D.C. office, she was an intern at the Kraft Foods Corporate Affairs Office in Washington, D.C.

"Working for ASA has provided me with an abundance of opportunities, educating me in both the political spectrum of the industry and in the industry itself," said Dwyer. "My first ASRW event was educational and gave me an opportunity to meet ASA members from around the country."

Don't miss the ASA annual business meeting and "Taking the Hill" day this spring! The May 9-11, 2011, event will be held at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. Save the date and watch for future announcements in AutoInc. and other ASA publications.


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