Julie Moreno-Blount Anchors Membership Financial Services

In the course of her normally busy day, Julie Moreno-Blount wears a lot of hats at ASA. As the Membership Services Department’s accounts receivables specialist, Moreno-Blount supports and manages a variety of responsibilities that are crucial to successfully maintaining ASA’s membership procedures.

Moreno-Blount’s main focus is managing the department’s financial processes as she attends to the day-to-day details of accounts receivables, collection calls, payments processing and the development and distribution of billing notices. In addition, it’s not unusual to see her assisting with special services such as regional member events or supporting Membership Services and Accounting Manager Nicole Jewell in a variety of administrative activities.

Moreno-Blount has more than a decade of experience in her field. Prior to joining ASA, she was a key member of the financial personnel groups that supported or managed clients’ financial, information and administrative programs at Robert Half Corp. and Kelly Services. Her most prominent clients included the Dallas office of Cunningham Lindsey Insurance Adjusters, DFW Tattoo Supply and Office Team.

A native Texan, Moreno-Blount has lived in North Texas with her family since she moved north from the Austin area in the mid-1980s.

Women in Auto Care Honors Three for 2016 Service

Women in Auto Care (WAC) has honored three female automotive professionals for their leadership and professional service in the industry. Recognized at WAC’s recent awards event were:

• Amy Bonder, vice president of sales and strategy at Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), was selected WAC’s Auto Care Woman of the Year.
• Judith Zimmerman Walter, owner of Zimmerman’s Automotive in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was named 2016 Female Shop Owner of the Year.
• Susan Ulrey, vice president of Tenneco’s global customer unit, was honored as Auto Care Woman of Excellence.

Seyfer Leads NASTF Discussion on J2534

ASA Chairman Donny Seyfer, AAM, moderated a panel presentation on pass-thru module programming at the recent General Meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) in Las Vegas. The discussion, Taking The Box Outta The Box, was a technician’s primer on configuring a J2534 interface device for laptop programming. A video for technicians of the discussion is available on YouTube at youtube.com/user/NASTFdotorg.

ASA Members Get Special Discount on Training

ASA and Federal-Mogul Motorparts (FM), a new Sponsored Benefit Provider, are offering members an exclusive 20 percent discount on the professional and technical training workshops provided by FM’s Garage Gurus program. The discounts are applicable to on-site and on-demand training at all of Garage Gurus’ 12 Technical Support Centers across the nation. Details are available at fmgaragegurus.com/asa.

Demandforce Launches Two-Way Texting

Demandforce, an ASA Sponsored Benefit Provider, has launched a new text-based service, Two-Way Texting, that allows shop owners to communicate in real time with customers. The service allows shops to immediately respond to items such as client confirmations, follow-up questions, appointments and administrative and financial issues. Information on the service is available from Demandforce at demandforce.com. Visit ASA.savings4members.com.

ASA-CO’s Summit Headed for the Heights

Steve Horvath, chairman of ASA-Colorado, promises that the 2017 edition of his affiliate’s annual member training and expo event, The Summit, is going to be bigger and better than ever. It will feature more information and interactive features to complement what has always been a great social time. Mark your calendar for Jan. 27-28 and check asacolorado.org for details and sponsorship opportunities.

ASA-Northwest Hosts Retreat & Management Conference

ASA-Northwest’s Semi-Annual Retreat & Management Conference promises to be jam-packed with professional information, an eye-opening seminar on the impact attitude has on your bottom line, news-you-can-use and a few special surprises. Set aside Jan. 19-22 for the Conference at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth, Wash., and see asanorthwest.com for details and registration.

TechForce Seeks to Build the Next Generation of Techs

The TechForce Foundation is seeking support for its upcoming TechForce Success campaign to get kids excited about careers as service techs and to convince parents to become champions for these careers. TechForce leaders believe the solution to the tech shortage lies in nurturing the interests and skills of kids who like to work with their hands, take things apart and explore why and how things work. So they’re creating a series of online pieces and in-field activities to nurture kids’ interests in educational and training programs that will build the next generation of industry technicians. Visit TechForceFoundation.org to see how you can help to launch this program.

WIN Schedules Educational Conference in Denver

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has scheduled its 2017 Educational Conference in Denver for May 8-10. The three-day meeting will feature a variety of professional development sessions; presentations of the Most Influential Women (MIW) awards and scholarship awards at the gala dinner; and the Annual Scholarship Walk fundraiser. Conference details are available at womensindustrynetwork.com.

“The 2017 WIN Educational Conference marks the 11th year of successful collaborations among WIN volunteers, members and sponsors. Our goal is always to provide the WIN membership and the collision industry a highly professional educational experience centered on professional networking, advancing business acumen and growing collision industry connections,” says Petra Schroeder, WIN’s chair.