The Massachusetts Right To Repair Act—a bill AASP wrote and sponsored—was also passed into law.
Our co-development of the I-CAR “FastTrak” program offered all participating shops the opportunity to gain “GoldShop” status in five weeks, at one central location, and at a cost of approximately $2,500. Normally, this would have taken several months and cost over $5,000, in addition to having to travel all over the region to attend courses.
AASP/MA also offered a presentation of available training grants through the Massachusetts Workforce Development Fund so shops could save 50% of their training costs for these courses. This resulted in the savings of more than $50,000 for shops that enrolled in the program.
Our “Education Matters” program, in its second year, hosted nearly 1,000 attendees in 2012 at events such as:
• a three-part CCRE seminar on operating a more profitable shop with less insurer intrusion
• a “world-class” seminar on collision parts bidding programs, featuring SCRS, CCRE and AASP and a national parts director from Toyota
• several presentations, including: the United States Postal Service, “Every Door Direct Mail” marketing, OSHA and EPA experts on shop safety and environmental programs, a representative from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts “Rapid Response” program, which deals with an often unpublicized problem—employee layoffs, AASP’s own website designer, Bill Enross addressed the subject of online marketing on websites, mobile devices, smart phones, and social media and job costing from 3M.
These and other portions of our “Education Matters” program helped our members run better, more efficient and more profitable businesses in 2012.
For fun, AASP/MA also hosted a golf outing, BBQ, clambake and our famous Casino Night for members.