News Briefs – September 2014

New Battery Tester Program with AutoZone!


AutoZone is offering another money-saving benefit for ASA members. The ASA Member Starting and Charging Program from AutoZone provides shop members with a rack, signage and their new ProPower batteries – a professional line not sold over the counter at retail. Test equipment – which includes the Auto Meter BVA200DLP (974190) – is made available to ASA member-shops through a tool account with extended terms (12 months). Each sale of qualifying products (batteries, starters and alternators) earns dollars toward paying off the tester. For information, call (800) ASA-SHOP, ext. 361.

Mitchell 1 Names Outstanding Student

Jonathan Hladney from Brackenridge, Pa., was recently named the 2014 Mitchell 1 Automotive Technology Outstanding Student. Each year, Mitchell 1, which is a longtime ASA associate member and benefit provider, recognizes one high school senior for outstanding achievement in automotive technology and auto shop repair scholastics. Hladney received a $2,500 scholarship, a check for $500 and roundtrip airfare and accommodations for himself and a guest to attend the NACAT conference. Hladney aspires to be a business owner of an automotive service shop.

“Mitchell 1 is proud to recognize Jonathan Hladney for his outstanding achievement and strong dedication to pursuing educational excellence in the automotive technology field,” said Nick DiVerde, senior marketing director, Mitchell 1.

Look for ‘How’s Your Business?’


Survey ASA’s annual “How’s Your Business?” survey will be launched this month. To deliver the best information to our members when we publish the results in December, ASA is counting on your participation. All regular (shop/repairer) members are strongly encouraged to participate in this year’s survey. There are separate surveys for mechanical and collision members. Look for links in the September issue of the ASA News-Network. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Haas Named NACAT Business Manager


North American Council of Automotive Teachers Inc. (NACAT) has named Bill Haas to the position of business manager. Haas is an industry veteran with more than 40 years of automotive service and repair industry experience. The part-time position will allow Haas to continue his business management training, consulting and coaching through Haas Performance Consulting LLC.

“I look forward to working with the NACAT board and membership. This group has enormous talent and a passion for their profession,” said Haas. “They take their responsibility of preparing the automotive technicians of the future with the knowledge and life skills necessary to succeed very serious.”
Haas was vice president of education and training for ASA from 2000-2012.

ASA is Moving!

Effective Oct. 1, ASA will have a new address. It is:
Automotive Service Association
8209 Mid-Cities Blvd.
North Richland Hills, Texas 76182

We do not anticipate any of our phone numbers changing, but if they do, we will keep you posted. Make sure that you are in the know and receiving the latest news and info from ASA. If you have changed your email address recently, please contact Brenda at the ASA office to update it in our membership records. Email Brenda at