"We had over 30 automotive service professionals in attendance," recalled Matt Dougher, executive director of ASA-OH. "ASA Ohio's legislative consultant discussed key issues facing the independent service repair industry. Todd Nein of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority discussed programs available to independent collision shop owners who want to make improvements to their facilities that will improve air quality."
The event, designed as a networking opportunity for automotive service professionals, met the association's expectations in terms of content and attendance. "Our networking events are very important to the industry because they provide an opportunity to network and learn from each other," Dougher said. "The automotive service professionals appreciate the opportunity to network in order to share and learn from one another. They are always interested in what is happening in the state legislature and how it affects their business. Lastly, the attendees appreciated learning about the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority program that financially assists small collision shops to install a more environmentally friendly and efficient paint booth."
On July 27, ASA-OH hosted a Northern OH Networking Event at Punch Bowl Social on the east bank of the Flats. The next Central OH Networking Event will be held in September. "We plan to invite area high school and college auto instructors to discuss and share information on how to attract more qualified automotive service technicians to the industry," Dougher said.