Around 25 Triangle Chapter members forewent their usual monthly chapter meeting for an evening at the ballpark to see the Durham Bulls on Friday, July 29 as they do each summer. According to IGONC Executive Director Bob Pulverenti, "Several shops brought their staff and had a great time socializing with others in the automotive industry. Members enjoyed all the fun and food of the ballpark, and a prize was raffled off to the children in attendance. The Durham Bulls easily landed a win against Louisville with a score of nine to one. The fun evening was topped off with an amazing fireworks show set off from the middle of the ballpark."
On Tuesday, August 9, IGONC's Triangle Chapter held their August meeting at the Golden Coral in Raleigh, NC. Chapter President Dean Bailey of Kings Garage led the meeting, and after discussing some information from their previous meeting, he spoke a bit on the emissions laws and how they may change. He also offered some tips to use during staff meetings to keep employees motivated to work.
The meeting's guest speaker was Tricia Sauls, Communications Manager for IGONC, and she introduced attendees to Member Zone, the association's new membership management software. Sauls explained how shops can build their own custom pages, including shop photos, logos, videos and more. She noted, "Members learned how to register for events and pay their membership dues all through our secure membership portal. They were also shown how to communicate with other members, share job listings, and share equipment, cars or even garages for sale."
The meeting also included a brief discussion on IGONC's upcoming Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE). Members received an update on speakers and vendors, plus they learned the best way to register and "how to help spread the news regarding this wonderful, long-standing IGONC-sponsored event," Pulverenti shared.
More information about IGONC's 2016 ASTE, click here.