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Posted 9/9/2010

By Levy Joffrion

Complete Survey to Enter $200 Visa Card Drawing

How's Your Business?By now, ASA members should have received an e-mail containing the association's annual 'How's Your Business?' survey.

Fill it out completely, and you will have an opportunity to be entered in a drawing for a $200 Visa card for your participation

The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the association's website,

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

AMI Names Board Officers

Tony Passwater

The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) has announced the officers of its 2010-2011 board of trustees.

Tony Passwater is chairman of the board. Passwater is president of AE II, an international consulting, training and system development products and services primarily designed for the collision repair industry.

Tim McDonnell, national training manager for Mitchell 1, is vice chairman. Bob Keith, senior director of education and training for CARSTAR, is treasurer. And Freda Thompson, co-owner of ACE Auto Body, Hartselle, Ala., is secretary.

Other board members include Sheri Hamilton, AAM, executive director of ASA-Missouri/Kansas; and Ron Pyle, president of the Automotive Service Association.

iATN Celebrates 15th Year

The International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN) recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

iATNiATN has evolved from a small, 50-member e-mail-based communication service into the world's largest online community of automotive technicians, repair shop owners and other allied service professionals, Today there are more than 72,000 active members representing 158 countries.

Internet usage was in its infancy, with less than 16 million users, when iATN started in 1995. At the time, only a handful of technicians could access iATN from their repair shops on connections that took several minutes just to download a few pages of text. Today, the Internet has more than 1.9 billion users and most iATN members have high-speed Internet access at both work and home.

I-CAR Has Beginner's Course

One of its newest online courses, "Collision Repair Process Overview," is being offered by I-CAR, The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair.

I-CARThis training opportunity covers basic information about the collision repair process. Developed for those new to the collision industry, it is the first in a series of courses that will be introduced over the next year by I-CAR as the "Basic Principles of Auto Collision Repair" series.

For more information, visit

Remember to Inspect Lifts

From Rotary Lift comes an important message for technicians and shop owners: Remember to inspect your lifts.

"Technicians should check their lifts every day, and the shop owner should schedule professional lift inspections annually," says John Rylee, director of marketing for Rotary Lift.

For more information, log on to, or call (800) 640-5438.

Serratore Among Top Women in North American
Auto Industry
Trish Serratore
Trish Serratore, senior vice president of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), has been named one of the "100 leading women in the North American auto industry" by Automotive News. She was selected from several hundred nominations of impressive women in the industry. Automotive News will profile her in a special section to be published Sept. 13.


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