Tuneups May/June 2016

Registration is now open for the Car Care Council Women’s Board 2016 Summer Leadership Conference. The day-and-a-half education and networking conference will be held July 27-28, 2016, at the Westin in Indianapolis, Ind.

“The Women’s Board Leadership Conference is uniquely designed to provide top-notch networking and education opportunities for women in the auto care industry,” said Amy Mattinat, president, Women’s Board. “We continue to receive excellent reviews from past attendees, who find high value in our mentoring program and in our robust agenda, which features current industry trends and high-quality speakers who can help women advance their careers.”

Speakers at the conference will include Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association; Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council; Bethany Bosch, the 500th woman to swim the English Channel; Rhonda Waters, performance coach, conducting an emotional intelligence workshop; and a fireside chat with Vonda Lee, Women’s Board’s 2016 Woman of Excellence award winner. Additional speakers will be announced later.

The summer conference also will include a special networking event for attendees under the age of 40 to learn and network with the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). First-time YANG attendees will receive the Women’s Board associate discount.

The conference is open to both male and female Women’s Board associates and non-associates who are looking to make a difference in women and the auto care industry. A complete agenda will be available soon, and early bird pricing ends July 1, 2016.

The Women Board’s top four programs are the Automotive Communications Awards, the Women of the Year Awards and its popular mentoring and scholarship programs. This year, the Women’s Board will be giving away $50,000 in scholarships to deserving female students.

For more information on the Car Care Council Women’s Board and to register for the conference, go to www.wbcarcare.com or email womensboard@carcare.org. The Women’s Board can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/CCCWomensboard.

Listen and Learn: A Podcast Worth Your Time

Hear from your peers! That’s the power of AutoInc. magazine’s new addition to our digital edition.

Don’t miss AutoInc. Audio, which brings you interviews with some of ASA’s most interesting and successful shop owners. Each interview offers exclusive perspectives on the automotive service and collision repair industry from some of ASA’s most-recognized members.

The bimonthly conversations, hosted by Carm Capriotto, a 35-year automotive aftermarket veteran and owner of Remarkable Results Radio Podcast in Buffalo, N.Y, are based on AutoInc.’s popular print feature, Member Profile. Each segment probes the member’s background in the business to bring their experiences – managing teams, embracing new technologies and boosting profits – to life.

Tune in to the second in the series featuring Jim Sinclair, owner of Sinclair’s Auto Clinic in Chicago, to learn how an “old-school” shop owner is adapting to the social media marketplace. To access AutoInc. Audio, simply log on to www.autoinc.org/audio.

New Website Serves as Automotive Info Resource

If you haven’t heard about it yet, you’ve got to check the new ASA-Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) resource website.

Developed by repairers for repairers, the website, created in conjunction with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, serves as a consolidated hub for manufacturer-specific scan tool information, calibration and reprogramming updates; training materials; and service information.

Go to OErepairinfo.com, and be sure to bookmark the site for easy and regular access. In addition, you can view a media announcement/demo by Donny Seyfer, the chairman of ASA at https://youtu.be/G1hkuhh3aAQ.

American Honda Joins ASA as Corporate Member

American Honda has joined the list of corporate members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA). Dan Risley, president and executive director of ASA, made the announcement in April.

Corporate membership in ASA provides an opportunity for companies to expand their relationships with the organization and its leaders in the collision and mechanical repair segments of the industry.

“ASA is a big supporter of the auto repair industry and especially the collision repair side of the business,” says Gary Ledoux, assistant national manager for American Honda, “so we are pleased to be able to support and help them in their work.”

Dan Risley, ASA president/executive director, also commented about the new partnership. “American Honda has been a long-time supporter of the industry and ASA. Its leadership is in sync with ours, and, as a result, the relationship continues to grow to the benefit of the automotive service and collision repair industries and ASA members as a whole.”

To learn more about ASA’s corporate membership program, contact Risley at danr@asashop.org.

Improving Your Membership Experience

At ASA, serving the needs of our members and communicating with them is our top priority. This is one of the reasons why ASA recently switched its membership management database.
The new provider, Impact Solutions Inc. in Pittsburgh, has been developing programs for similar organizations since 1988. The system ASA is licensing, MemberMax, is designed to be an easy-to-install-and-administer technology, offering support for workplace environments that use both Mac- and Windows-based computers.

What does that mean for ASA members?

First, MemberMax’s online capabilities will make it easier than ever for prospective members to join or current members to renew their ASA membership. In addition, it offers electronically seamless and timely communication for all ASA events, with the option to receive their membership invoice via email. It also will send members a 30-day reminder before their membership is up for renewal, and they’ll be able to log in to change their preferences or contact information.

“ASA is always looking for better ways to serve you,” says Dan Risley, president and executive director of ASA. “This system will provide all of us with a smoother, more efficient and accurate means of sharing information and communicating.”

Regional Training Event Booked Into Windy City

If you’d like to make more money (who doesn’t?) and run your business more efficiently (we’re talking to you!), now’s the time to make plans to attend ASA’s next Regional Training Event Sept. 16-17 in Chicago.

ASA will bring the training to you – along with the annual Chicago Automotive Networking (CAN) Conference – with a full day of intensive AMi-approved management training on Friday and expert service industry trainers lined up for Saturday.

ASA’s series of regional events offers great opportunities to keep your team current and efficient while helping your business grow. ASA has scheduled these events to minimize shop downtime through weekend programs and reduce travel costs by bringing the training to you.

To learn more about ASA’s Regional Events, go to ASAshop.org/regionalevents.

Wage & Hour

Confused about wage and hour issues? With ASA’s savings4members member-benefit provider Wage & Hour, you can obtain the services of a skilled labor attorney who specializes in this human resources field. The attorney is available to advise ASA members at no cost for the initial consultation. Contact Brian Farrington at bfarrington@cowlesthompson.com to secure your free first consultation. Simply identify yourself as an ASA member and provide your member number.