Cardone’s Service Guide is Really a Solution Guide
CARDONE Industries, an ASA corporate member, published its 2016 service dealer guide, “Solutions from the Bench.” It is full of new products and installation-tip videos that the company promises “make technicians’ lives easier.” The guide features a mix of more than 90 new and remanufactured product lines and a video gallery that features five short installation “tips and tricks” videos. Visit cardone.com to access the guide and videos.
Recycled Rides Program Teaches Craft, Charity
The National Auto Body Council (NABC)’s Recycled Rides program recently recruited its 13th technical school into its national Recycled Rides for Schools program. The program trains students in collision repair and teaches them the value and importance of giving back to their communities. Since the program’s inception in 2007, NABC members have donated more than 1,000 vehicles to needy individuals and families to help them improve their lives. More information is available at NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org. Most recently, NABC donated vehicles during NACE | CARS 2016 in Anaheim.
Industry Vet Haas Brings
Unique Take to ‘Coaches Corner’
As a management consultant, Bill Haas, AAM, spends a lot of time giving some pretty good advice to shop owners. Now his thoughts are available on an ongoing basis in the newly created “Coach’s Corner” on ASA’s blog (visit ASAshop.org and click on Read Our Blog). Bill, an AMi instructor and automotive coach at ESi, relies on more than 40 years of experience in customer service and shop operations to help shop owners operate more smoothly and profitably.
Mysteries of Millennials
Who are they, and what do I need to do to attract them to my shop? If you find yourself scratching your head and asking these (and other) questions about Millennials, the customers of your future, you’re not alone. Understanding them is the first step toward attracting them to your shop. A good place to start is BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY’s new free e-book, “The Auto Repair Shop’s Guide to Attracting Millennials: How to Use Millennial Money to Stay in the Black.” Go to blog.boltontechnology.com/attracting-millennials-to-your-shop to download this free, 28-page guide from BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY’s website to get the answers you’ll need today and in the future.
The Chairman’s Club is Rollin’
ASA’s Chairman’s Club started off with a bang at NACE | CARS, with members doing their share to help ASA grow and sharpen their chances to win some great prizes along the way. Members who help their colleagues by recruiting them to ASA can win prizes, ranging from mugs to logo’d clothing to the ultimate honor of being named ASA’s Top Recruiter (not to mention the reward package that goes with it, which is valued at more than $1,600). It’s easy to join and fun to do, and it’s rewarding when you can help your colleagues and boost the industry by making ASA stronger. Head to asashop.org/chairmans-club for more details and to sign up today.
Regional Training Highlights C.A.N. Conference
Making more money and operating more efficiently are at the top of most shop owners’ wish lists. You can move a lot closer to making both wishes come true by attending ASA’s next Regional Training Event, Sept. 16-17 in Chicago. The event is sure to be a highlight of the Chicago Automotive Networking (C.A.N.) Conference, with a full day of intensive AMi-approved management training on Friday and expert service industry trainers on tap for Saturday. To learn more about ASA’s Regional Training Events visit asashop.org/regional events.
AMi Launches Foundation to Promote Education
The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) has unveiled its Learning Foundation Program, a new partnership for partners, shops and individuals who want to help AMi provide many of its world-class management training programs and services at reduced or no cost to the automotive repair and service industry. Congratulations to KUKUI for stepping up to serve as the program’s first partner. Your chance to learn more about the program and its sponsorship levels starts with a trip to amionline.org or by contacting Jeff Peevy, AMi president, at email@example.com or (224) 704-3840.
ASA Elections Coming Up
ASA nominations for 2017 leadership are now open. ASA’s board of directors will have two openings available next year: Collision Division Director and General Director. The requirements for service are simple: enjoy helping others and have a desire to help ASA grow and better serve our members. If you would like to serve on ASA’s 2017 board of directors, or if you know of a member whom you think would be a good leader, simply request a “Consideration Form” from Trisha Baker at ASA’s national office at (817) 514-2925 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 10, 2016. Additional information is available from Trisha. Or better yet, ask a current board member about how rewarding board service can be.
What Does ASA Do Best For You?
ASA wants to hear from our members on what you feel is the most important value that ASA provides. Maybe it’s protecting your interests with our full-time representation in Washington, D.C., or networking opportunities where you can gain valuable advice from another shop owner or the fact that you can save thousands of dollars annually on everyday business expenses. We want a testimonial from you on the value that ASA brings to you as a shop owner for use in our marketing materials. If your testimonial is used, we will send you a cool wrench-shaped USB stick. It’s preloaded with ASA information, but there’s still plenty of memory to store your files. Take a minute to let us know what you value most about ASA at http://tinyurl.com/asatestimonial.
The Group Tightens Bond With ASA
The Automotive Parts Services Group (known to most ASA members as The Group) has joined forces with ASA to offer members new benefits on parts, training and marketing support. The Group formed when a merger between Federated and Pronto program groups created the largest parts supply network in North America. So all ASA members who have accounts with either Pronto or Federated can take advantage of the benefits that the new organization has to offer. For more information, see ASA.savings4members.com.
Mitchell 1 Selects Danenberg Top Student
Mitchell 1 has named Paul Danenberg of Nampa, Idaho, as the 2016 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student. Danenberg received the honor during the 43rd annual North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) conference in Pasadena, Texas. He won the award based on outstanding achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics. Danenberg received a $2,500 scholarship, $500 and round-trip airfare and accommodations for himself and a guest to attend the NACAT conference.