Fast and Furious

That’s how change is heading straight at the automotive repair industry. The upcoming CARS@AAPEX show in Vegas will put you ahead of the pack. In mid-May a group of 108 of the country’s best technicians gathered in Detroit for the first of two new programs created to give the Congress of Auto Repair and Service […]

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Some Parting Words of Thanks

This will be my final Chairman’s Message, as the duties of ASA chairman will shift to Roy Schnepper in April. My wife, Christy, and I want to thank you for your friendship and support that have been a hallmark of my 14 years with ASA – from serving on the board of ASA-Colorado to most […]

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Steps Toward New Relationships

If you follow ASA’s press releases or Facebook page, you’re probably aware that we have made some groundbreaking announcements in the past few months. If you don’t follow these channels, let me catch you up on a few things as they relate to our shows. In August, the board of directors decided it was time […]

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Changing a Stubborn Perception

A recent email from a member spurred this particular message. He was concerned that, as an independent repair professional, he has no clout. He told me he lacks confidence in the parts he’s getting and automakers are out to get him. He no longer feels like he’s a valued part of the industry. After discussing […]

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The Two Roads to Success

As shop owners and managers, the busier we are, the better the business. But do you ever feel that something is happening, and you’re too busy to pay attention? You really need to pay attention. At the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s (AASA) annual Vision conference (not to be mistaken for ASA’s VISION High-Tech Training Conference), […]

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Never Relax Your Standards

I had a customer walk into the shop the day I began writing this column. He owned an older car, with lots of miles on it. He wasn’t one of our regular customers, but he wanted to get his car repaired “cheap” so he could “get another year out of it.” Like most of you, […]

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The Positive Power of Teamwork

Hello, ASA members! It’s been a busy first of the year for the ASA board, our operations committees and our awesome ASA staff. You’ve probably heard that we’re launching new regional training programs. We had a great time recently in Orlando, Fla., doing our first sessions. And we have more cities scheduled this year, including […]

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The Value of Networking

If you attended NACE and CARS classes in July, you noticed the industry is undergoing what financial analysts call “disruption.” This means that the way we do business, which has worked in the past, is not working now. And for many of you, by the time you notice, it’ll be too late. However, listening to […]

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The Membership ROI

The Membership ROI When you run a trade association, attracting new members, particularly those who have never been part of an association before, is a challenge. Most membership organizations approach this problem by offering a bunch of no-brainer discounts on services or products to entice new members. We’re no different. Our portfolio of incredible companies […]

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Structural Integrity

ASA works like a complex machine. Our structure isn’t unique; other organizations operate in similar ways. But, unlike ours, their members don’t govern the organization. So here, I’d like to answer some questions I hear asked on a regular basis. Two in one Two associations operate within our association. There’s the national organization, which focuses […]

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ASA’s New Chapter

The past two years have been quite a ride. Your association has seen major change and made an unprecedented comeback. When Darrell Amberson, AAM, took over as chairman, he and the board had much to do. The ASA board and our then-new president, Dan Risley, decided on a new direction to ensure our long-term survival. […]

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ASA’s New Scan Tool Matrix Resource Center

See how this new resource will provide a greater knowledge of scan tools. For more than three years, the ASA Mechanical Division Operations Committee has been working with carmakers, some of the brightest technicians in the country, AutoShop Solutions and the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) to create a single clearinghouse of information about […]

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