On October 11, the Springfield Chapter and the Wichita Chapter meetings each focused on “Finding Your Roadmap to Profitability,” presented by Dave Justice of Labor Profit Management. During the class, attendees learned about a digital process to effectively measure and manage employee productivity, efficiency and an effective labor rate to improve shop profitability.
On October 18, the Des Moines Chapter sponsored a networking and panel discussion event at the Des Moines Area Community College to introduce automotive repair students to local industry professionals. The panel was entitled “Igniting the Future: Exploring Opportunities in the Automotive Industry” and featured panelists Kris Haugebak of Johnston Autostores, Joe Jerkins of Westside Auto Parts, Mike Swift of Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling, Travis Troy of Honest Wrenches, and Jason Wieland from Ace Body and Motor. The discussion was moderated by Ron Haugen of Westside Auto Pros and Tim Davison of Chumbley’s Service.
The Tulsa Chapter also met on October 18 when a representative from the Public Service of Oklahoma presented “Improve Your Bottom Line with Energy Efficient Light Upgrades.” On October 23, ASA Midwest members enjoyed the association’s 10th Annual Tailgate party and an afternoon of football as they watched the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the New Orleans Saints 27-21.
ASA Midwest expanded on October 25 with their Northwest Arkansas SOS Group and Kickoff Meeting for the association’s newest chapter.
On November 8, Jeff Bly taught the St. Louis Chapter about “What Tools Do You Use to Beat the Books?,” an exploration of new uses for tools and the importance of investing in certain tools. The Wichita Chapter met on November 10 for “Employment Practices and Trends,” presented by Federated Insurance.
During December, ASA Midwest will host numerous annual holiday parties throughout their six states.