By Levy Joffrion
Charity Event Successful
From Joe Sanfillipo III, president and CEO of USA Collision Centers in Cincinnati, comes word that his shop’s first “Bleed, Bark and Wash for a Cure” day April 6 for charity was a success. “So much so,” said Sanfillipo, “that we plan to make it an annual event.”
The event was held at USA Collision Centers’ Fairfield, Ohio, location. Nonprofit organizations benefiting from the day include the Hoxworth Blood Center, The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Hoxworth Blood Center had its “bloodmobile” there to accept blood donations. The SPCA had its mobile unit there to help Cincinnati residents adopt dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. And The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society had its “woman of the year” candidate – Erica Steinbeck – and her team on hand, washing cars and taking donations for the Society.
Sanfillipo serves on the boards of trustees for both The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and SPCA Cincinnati. He also serves as president and chairman of ASA-Ohio, which represents more than 300 independent collision and mechanical shop owners.
3 ASA Members On GAAS Panel
Three ASA members will serve as panelists for a discussion during the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) May 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in the Chicago area.
The panelists will discuss “What Shops Really Need.” Panelists include Bob Shanahan, owner, DuPage Tire & Auto Center Inc., Lombard, Ill.; John Vallely, owner, McLean Auto Repair, Elgin, Ill.; and Dave Walter, owner, Kehoe Automotive Center Inc., Carol Stream, Ill.
Robbie Addison Haas, manager of ASA’s Mechanical Division, will serve on the GAAS selection committee and help review scholarship applications. Last year, the committee reviewed nearly 500 applications.
Since GAAS started 18 years ago, it has given away more than $1.6 million dollars to help launch the careers of more than 1,600 deserving students.
Foundation Proud Of Its Giving Ratio
As a follow-up to the organization’s recent announcement that more than $4.9 million in support was provided to secondary and postsecondary collision school programs in 2012, the Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to inform the inter-industry that 91 cents out of every dollar donated went toward assisting the future professionals of the industry.
Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, advises that “the most efficient charities spend 75 percent or more of their budget on their programs and services and less than 25 percent on fundraising and administrative fees.” The Collision Repair Education Foundation having a 91-9 percent giving ratio displays its commitment to the industry’s future, while staying lean in its operational expenses.
PDR Finder Offers Job Board for Free
TopTech Finder – an ASA associate member – is offering its Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) technician job board to repair shops for free through the end of 2013. TopTech Finder has always been free for PDR techs to search for and apply for jobs, but it previously charged a fee for repair shops to post jobs on the board.
Jeff Herman, CEO of TopTech Finder, said: “TopTech Finder aims to help repair shops find PDR techs and help PDR techs find seasonal contracts and/or full-time employment. This is at a cost everyone can appreciate: free.” For more information, visit www.toptechfinder.com.
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