$75,000 Grant Funds

Aluminum-Repair Training More than 50 collision school instructors will convene in the Chicago area in March 2016 for intensive aluminum-repair training, thanks to a generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation. As the philanthropic arm of Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, the foundation has awarded the Collision Repair Education Foundation […]

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Thank You

At our annual meeting in April my term as chairman will end. Therefore, this is my last Chairman’s Message. Donny Seyfer will become chairman, and I assure you he is more than capable. There will be one or two new faces on the board, but the rest remain. This is as it should be, always […]

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Opportunity’s Knocking!

Famous racer Bobby Unser said, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Winston Churchill gave further clarification on the topic when he said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Lately I have been taken aback by the incredible number of sophisticated electronic systems in our […]

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The State of the Association

It’s December and the year is winding down. The holidays are upon us and before we know it we will start a new year. As we begin to reflect on the events of this year I think it appropriate to inform our members of the state of our association, primarily from the perspective of our […]

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The Experience

Hard to imagine that it is already November. In northern tier states such as Minnesota, the leaves are gone. Frosty mornings are the norm, many days are gray, and we await the snow that usually brightens our landscape for months to come. Many prepare for that most significant of state holidays: opening day of deer […]

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A Sports Hero That Is More

As chairman, I’ve had the opportunity to do some special things and to meet some special people. As a speaker at a regional trade show recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with a featured guest, John Force. In case you don’t know, he is a professional drag racer. He has amassed a record […]

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Culture of Learning

Recently, I-CAR completed a survey. Over a long period they measured the performance of a number of collision shops while the staff went through many I-CAR classes. They were trying to establish the relevance of education to its return on investment. Of course, they want to be able to prove their training is worthwhile. After […]

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Focusing (and Refocusing) on Members

It’s August, a time when we seize the opportunity to enjoy the last of summer and start looking forward to the fall. Autumn seems to be the time of back-to-school, back-to-work, and a refocus on business at hand. With ASA, our annual show is over and we have started our evaluations – as well as […]

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It’s Showtime!

As a former drag racer, I have experienced many times what it’s like to spend a great deal of time preparing for an event. The team and I would spend months preparing for the season, days or weeks preparing for each event, and hours preparing for every run. The average spectator probably had no idea […]

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Marching Forward

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford. What an appropriate quote for us […]

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Great Expectations

May is upon us. It’s a time when our weather is moving well into spring and giving us the first tastes of our upcoming summer. We anticipate summer vacations and activities. It is speed month in Indianapolis, culminating in the Indy 500. We look to the Memorial Day holiday weekend for its patriotic message and […]

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Great Things Happening

In many ways ASA is experiencing a rebirth and is currently in a whirlwind of positive activity. We’ve reported on the changes in our leadership, structure, new show venue and heightened energy over the past year. We are working to project an image of greater humility, cooperation and transparency. We just swore in our new […]

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