Southwestern Association News

On August 28, ASA-CO will host "Extreme Communication," the next course in the association's 2017-18 Professional Business Series, at Kenz & Leslie BG Training Center in Wheat Ridge, CO.

The Auto Care Association is partnering with Texas A&M University’s Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID) to attract college-aged students to working for the auto care industry, as part of its Auto Care Careers program.


Auto Care Careers will participate in the Fall 2017 PAID Career Fair on Sept. 21 in College Station, TX. Auto Care Association member companies are invited to participate in this recruitment effort.

PAID is the largest student-run organization at Texas A&M University and has more than 1,100 members. The group is primarily made up of students from the Industrial Distribution program. However, they have members from a variety of academic units.

The Auto Care Careers program partners with universities, colleges and vocational schools to promote the thriving auto care industry as a dynamic place to work. Working directly with the educational institution or through an industry company, Auto Care Careers on Campus will provide the tools and resources necessary to conduct on-campus events, whether in the classroom or as part of a career fair.

Space is limited at the Fall 2017 PAID Career Fair, and is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Recruiter packages start at $1,200 to secure a table. Additional engagement options are available and outlined on the PAID website. If you are interested in participating, register by August 1.


Texas Senate Bill (SB) 1588, introduced by State Sen. Donald Huffines, R-16, died at the end of Texas’ legislative session. If enacted, the bill would have terminated Texas’ vehicle safety inspection program.

Friday, 09 June 2017 17:28

ABAT Hosts First Annual Skeet Shoot

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ABAT members enjoyed the camaraderie at the First Annual Skeet Shoot. (Pictured left to right: Kevin Jordan of Burl’s Collision Center, Michael Jordan of Burl’s Collision Center, Jon Dalton of Hance Paint & Body, Paul Dalton of LKQ)


On May 25, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted a Skeet Tournament at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas, TX. Open to all members of the collision repair industry, the fun networking event attracted ABAT members, non-member shops and their employees, jobbers and more.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:57

New Executive Director Joins ASA-Colorado

Julie Massaro ASA CO

Julie Massaro is the new executive director of ASA-Colorado.


The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced that Julie Massaro recently assumed the position of executive director of ASA-Colorado. She brings extensive experience to her new ASA duties in both for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:42

ASA-AZ Expands With Pinal Chapter

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ASA-AZ celebrated the addition of its new Pinal Chapter with an opening event at Lopez Advanced Automotive in Casa Grande, AZ on February 2 from 6-8PM.

Friday, 03 February 2017 18:38

ABAT Holds Informational Meeting in Waxahachie

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Auto Body Association of Texas President Burl Richards of Burl’s Collision Center in Henderson, Texas encourages shops to join forces with ABAT.


The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) held an informational membership meeting in Waxahachie, Texas on January 11, 2017 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 19:48

LaCIA Spreads Word About Storage Rate Increases

On August 9, the Louisiana Collision Industry Association's (LaCIA) executive director, Alysia Hanks, distributed a bulletin to members from the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Louisiana which announced an increase to the storage rates for outside storage, covered storage and oversized storage, previously set at $5 per day. 

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association met at the Country Tavern Barbecue on August 2nd at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 20:38

Recent HABA Labor Survey Results Are In

Houston area market rates are significantly higher than claimed by some insurance carriers.

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