News Briefs – May 2014

NESSARA Joins ASA As ‘Supporting’ Member

The New England Service Station & Auto Repair Association (NESSARA) is the Automotive Service Association’s newest “supporting association” member. ASA launched this membership category earlier this year to encourage unity among industry groups as they address common issues.

NESSARA was created in 1974 to protect and enhance the rights of small service stations, repair facilities, convenience stores, tire dealers, car washes and related automotive service groups. It is the largest recognized 501c (6) non-profit organization supporting the auto industry in New England.

To learn more about ASA’s supporting association membership program, contact Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, at

AMI Accepting Applications


The Automotive Management Institute is accepting applications for five scholarships to be awarded this year to ASA members.

Three scholarships are for expenses to attend the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and two are for expenses to attend the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS). Both events will be held July 30-Aug. 2 in Detroit.

The three scholarships for NACE include the Emil Stanley Merit Award, the Bodyshop Business Magazine scholarship and the Richard Cossette/Gale Westerlund Memorial Scholarship.


Scholarships for CARS include the Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship and the Arrowhead Specialty Markets “High Octane” scholarship.

For any of these scholarships, fill out an application online at or call the Automotive Management Institute at (800) 272-7467, ext. 101.


Applications must be received by AMI on or before June 20, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified by AMI on or before June 30, 2014.

It is OK to apply for more than one scholarship.

ASA’s PAC Needs Member Participation

For a strong independent repair industry for the future, Automotive Service Association members must participate in the political process. Members can participate by voluntarily donating money to ASA’s Political Action Committee (PAC).

The ASA PAC can accept donations from ASA members only. Members’ contributions must be voluntary and must come from personal funds, partnerships or a member’s limited liability company (LLC).

After receiving donations, the PAC will make donations on behalf of ASA to support the election of legislators who align with ASA’s goals and objectives.

ASA’s PAC was formed in 2007 to allow ASA members to become more engaged in the political process. It’s necessary because legislation directly affects members.

For information on the PAC, visit ASA’s legislative website,

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Most Influential Women Award Winners Named

Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has announced this year’s recipients of the “Most Influential Women” award. The award is given annually to women in the collision repair industry who exemplify qualities of business and civic leadership, vision and commitment to excellence.

This year’s recipients are Frederica Carter, president of F. Carter Events, LLC; Jordan Hendler, executive director, Washington Metropolitan Autobody Association; and Leanne Jefferies, director, Collision Programs, AIA Canada.


Leanne Jefferies


Frederica Carter


Jordan Hendler