Jeff Lovell, Executive Director of ASA Northwest, stated, "We are very fortunate to have a great group of members willing to take time away from their businesses to join us at the retreats. Thank you to all of the members and sponsors who helped make this retreat such a success!"
The Summer Retreat began on Thursday afternoon with ASA Northwest's Board of Directors meeting, followed by an evening of networking at their Hospitality Suite. The General Business Session meeting was conducted on Friday morning, while the Ascettes participated in a scavenger hunt in and around the hotel. Friday afternoon's entertainment included a tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory where attendees took particular interest in the Ice Cream Counter, the Fudge Counter and the Creamery Cafe.
On Saturday morning, Lovell said the association was "fortunate to have Greg Marshand with CARQUEST Technical Institute join us as our AMI-approved speaker with the topic of 'Exceptional Customer Handling Skills.' Greg enlightened all the members who attended this class and had them wanting more."
Lunch included a presentation by Dan Risley, Executive Director of ASA National, who updated members of the Northwest chapter on the national association's initiatives, activities and events, including their plans for NACE/CARS on July 21-25. After lunch, attendees had the afternoon free to explore the enchanting city of Seaside. On Saturday evening, the Mechanical/Technical/Collision Roundtable was held in conjunction with the Ascettes' business meeting, and both groups accomplished a significant amount.During Saturday night's Hospitality Suite, the Ascettes held a drawing to give away donated raffle items, and a live auction for several items was hosted by Edwin Hurskin and Bryan Kelley.
Lastly, Chairman of the Board Todd Black presented Todd and Diane Ainsworth, co-owners of Sno-King member West Seattle Autoworks, with the "Hunt Endowment."