Chairman’s Message

Try Something New, ASA Can Help

When we talk about change in the automotive service and collision repair industries, we generally focus on the technology advances in vehicles and the tools, equipment and information necessary to service and repair them. But change means many things. It’s not just the vehicles that are changing. It’s the people who drive them as well. […]

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We’ve Got Your Back

When I think about the value that belonging to an association like ASA provides me as a business owner, one of the most important things that comes to mind is representing the interests of our members in legislative offices from Washington, D.C., to state capitals. Some of the proposed legislation being discussed these days is […]

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The Road Ahead

Our industry is undergoing a time of unprecedented change. Again. Getting bombarded with rapidly advancing electronic, material, manufacturing and powertrain technology is nothing new to ASA members. We’ve been here before, and each time someone predicted the end of the independent automotive service industry, as we know it. Thing is, this time I think it’s […]

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A Seat at the Table

When I find myself talking to fellow shop owners about joining the Automotive Service Association, I’ve noticed that the conversation has changed a bit over time. It used to be that the benefits your association offers were front-and-center. Since taking advantage of traditional benefits such as parts purchase, uniform or oil programs generally more than […]

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Praising ASA’s Strength: Our Members

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family, friends and fun. Last year was a time of change for the Automotive Service Association (ASA), and those changes continue. We welcomed Dana, Ben and Ashley (see page 4) to the ASA family and finished 2017 with a successful and productive Affiliate Conference to […]

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Never Too Late for Training

In the mid-1970s when I graduated from high school, young people who wanted to go into a profession went to college. Those who wanted to go into a trade didn’t need college. They just needed to get a job and learn the skills. In the Detroit Metro area, going to work for one of the […]

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The Value of Active Membership

What’s the real value of an ASA membership? The board of directors and executive leadership of ASA believe that it’s active involvement. Of course, members enjoy the significant discounts they receive from our Sponsored Benefit Providers, and they frequently tell us that the amount they save every year more than pays for their annual membership […]

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Cars, Sensors and Scanners

Mary Barra, GM’s CEO, recently stated that the car industry will change more in the next five years than it has in the past 50. I don’t know about you, but I think the past five years have been a whirlwind of new technology. And change always brings new challenges. The hot topic today in […]

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Teamwork and Friendship

This is my first article as ASA’s chairman of the board. And I thought this would be a great time to share how I got involved with ASA and with two of my mentors. First, I had the opportunity to serve ASA-Michigan for several years. We worked hard to bring the membership great training, discounted […]

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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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Position Yourself to Succeed

If you work in this business you either embrace change or change leaves you behind. You’ve heard, or read, that technology is growing at an alarming pace, and it seems that every time I attend a connected-car event the countdown to autonomous vehicles backs up a couple more years. Yes, the evolution of new technology […]

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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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