Background Story on NACE | Automechanika Chicago Detailed

Many members are still buzzing about the collaboration between ASA and Automechanika Chicago to co-produce a professional/trade show in July 2017. In AutoInc. Audio’s In The Trenches interview with Carm Capriotto at, ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley discusses the background story of the alliance and gives a special preview of why NACE | Automechanika Chicago should be at the top of collision repair professionals’ list of must-attend shows this year.

ASA Members Rack Up Huge Savings

Savings4members reports that 2016 was a watershed year for the savings that ASA members enjoyed by taking advantage of the exclusive discounts offered by our Benefit Service Providers. In all, ASA members saved $610,695 on specialty and everyday products and services. To see how savings4members can help boost your bottom line, visit

Mark Your Calendar for ASA Northwest’s ATE Expo

ASA Northwest is hosting the Automotive Training Expo, which is the West Coast’s largest automotive and training event, on March 24-26 in Seattle. More details are on the way for the event, which hosted more than 40 trainers and professional experts at the 2016 ATE. Check out the 2016 event at

Eric and Mike Take The Prize(s)

Congratulations to Eric McKenzie, Park Place Dealerships in Dallas, and Mike Stevenson, Import Automotive in Loma Linda, Calif., for winning the drawing for shop owners who responded to ASA-National’s “How’s Your Business?” survey. Eric and Mike each won a $50 restaurant gift card, courtesy of AutoZone.

Time To Update Your ASA Logo?

Just a reminder to use an updated version of our logo for use on member-shops’ websites. This logo replaces the one that’s still being used on some members’ sites. If you still have the former logo on your website, you can get an electronic version of the new logo by contacting Trisha Baker, manager, Graphics and Production, at or (817) 514-2925.

NATEF Elects New Trustees

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has elected five new members to its board of trustees for 2017. The new trustees are: Michael Godson, professor, Clark College; Todd Helms, senior vice president, Genuine Parts Co.; Tim Lawrence, executive director, SkillsUSA; Pat McCormick, High School Auto Career Development, Ford Motor Company; and Heather Robertson, director, Talent Acquisition, Bridgestone Retail Operations. More information is available about the new trustees and NATEF at

Exhibit Succeeds by Chronicling Women Drivers

The Automobile Driving Museum’s ongoing exhibit, “A Woman’s Touch,”is proving to be a smash success. From the original women’s suffrage movement drivers to models in today’s motorcar ads, the exhibit focuses on the impact that “The Sirens of Chrome” have had on the automotive industry from the inception of the automobile until modern times. The exhibit runs in El Segundo, Calif., through May 31, 2017. Check it out before you go at

NABC Seeks New ED After Sulkala Announces Retirement

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has launched a search for a new executive director to replace Chuck Sukala, NABC’s first president and executive director, who announced that he would retire at the end of 2017. The deadline for submitting résumés for the ED position is March 31, 2017. Descriptions of the ED position and job application process are available on NABC’s website:

Sulkala has spent the past 22 years at the helm of the organization, which has become the leading promoter of professionalism and integrity in the collision repair industry through community service.