Jillian Zywien, Executive Director of AASP-MA, says “this was one of our most well attended meetings with over 80 participants. I am thrilled we were able to secure Ms. Eversman to speak in Massachusetts. This is the first time she has spoken to AASP-MA specifically, and it was an invaluable opportunity for our shops to learn from a nationally renowned expert in the field. Our members learned a great deal from Ms. Eversman, so much so that we are planning to bring her back to MA for a more concentrated program.”
In consideration of feedback from members, AASP-MA’s fall meeting will feature an aluminum repair program with a panel of experts on the subject. The association encourages members to submit such ideas for their meeting because, according to Zywien, “we are here to serve you.”
AASP-MA held their Annual Golf Outing, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, on June 12 at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson, MA, praised as one of the finest courses in the state. This year’s event was sold out for the first time in the association’s history; however, openings are still available for the luncheon, and Zywien encourages even non-golfers to “please consider joining us at this beautiful venue.”
For the 2014 Golf Outing, AASP-MA added a number of additional gifts for golfers and vendors. Zywien noted, “in addition to golf, green fees, cart fees, a catered breakfast, and lunch, each player received a golf shirt, golf balls and tees. Thanks to Al Brodeur’s Auto Body, golfers also received a $10 voucher to redeem on Hole 9 for a complimentary cigar, cigar cutter and lighter. All new items will be a complement to our raffle prizes, competition hole prizes and hole-in-one prizes.”
AASP-MA members are also excited for the association’s upcoming Casino Night, scheduled to be held on November 15 at the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium. The association has secured a room block at the Renaissance Boston/Patriots Place Hotel and Spa for members wishing to spend the night after the event, but Zywien urges interested parties to register as soon as possible as there are limited spots available for the stadium tour and event.
Zywien believes that the association’s educational and social events are important because “they act as a forum for members to share ideas and concerns. By hosting a variety of events, the association can create a strong networking community that facilitates relationships that are beneficial to our member shops. The association works hard with our leadership to develop these educational programs, and we are always looking for new programs that are of benefit to your business.”