Our Greatest Resources
I personally feel exceedingly blessed. Not only personally, but professionally I enjoy opportunities and many resources. ASA is part of that.
Recently I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with our Washington D.C. office, and Bob Redding in particular. I don’t know of any auto repair trade associations with similarities to ours that even have a formal legislative office, let alone one of this caliber. It is one of ASA’s greatest resources, and therefore a great resource for all of us as members. For many years Bob’s office has monitored legislative efforts at the national and state levels, keeping our leadership informed and often acting on our benefit. I suspect many of our members don’t even know of many of the actions taken to protect us and to promote our interests.
A few of us involved with ASA leadership spent two days in Washington, D.C., with Bob. If you count our wrap up meetings at the end of each day, we had 11 meetings. We interacted with the Dept. of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, several congressmen, some senate staff, and a couple of other automotive trade associations representing auto manufacturers and dealerships.
It became apparent to me how large, complicated, and political our government is. Bob’s level of knowledge, extensive number of relationships, and incredible planning and organizational skills set him apart from the novice, like me, and probably most professionals.
Before every meeting we each understood the nature of the organization, how they operate, what their positions are, and how we should approach our topics. We even planned who of us would speak to specific topics, each giving their observations, and we planned what order in which we each would speak. Bob’s staff is incredibly competent as well. Needless to say, our meetings went well and we are encouraged by our progress.
Please join me in sharing with others how ASA membership offers this precious resource.
This is our NACE/CARS Show issue. The show is our gathering place for our industry. Even during the worst of economic times, I’ve come away from our show invigorated and encouraged by the knowledge of how others are moving their businesses forward, how they deal with the issues that I do, and of new technologies and tools to work with. Increased levels of competition, more sophisticated vehicles, and the challenge of performing better, faster, and cheaper are intimidating. NACE/CARS is where to go to learn how to not only deal with these issues, but to excel in this new environment.
I’ve learned that often the show experience is what you make of it. If you go for the entertainment value of the show and Las Vegas, that is what you will get. (Nothing wrong with that.) If you go to learn about a specific issue or for more overall education, spend time in the classes and seek information from the many presenters and exhibitors. Ask a lot of questions and talk to people. Don’t be afraid to speak to fellow attendees. It is amazing what can be learned when we seek knowledge. May you find the show a fulfilling experience for you!(Visit www.ASRWevents.com or click on “ASRW” from the ASA website, www.ASAshop.org.)By Darrell Amberson, AAM, Chairman
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