Continuing to educate its members following the NORTHEAST 2018 trade show, AASP/NJ is offering a round of training seminars this year that will feature some of the industry’s most important topics and a chance to learn more about the concerns most likely to impact attendees' businesses.
"The association is looking to give back to its members," said AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee. "Everyone needs to be willing to get out and learn---whatever the topics may be---and invest back into their businesses. Saving the date is a must. Our members need to make time to come out and better themselves. The only way we can do that is to share the information, the success stories and the trials and tribulations that we endure every single day.
“As president of the association and as a shop owner, I know that training is absolutely imperative because things change all the time in this industry. Insurance companies don’t want us to share our successes and failures because they want to keep us isolated, but we need to look at our shops as truly corporate-run businesses. There are so many items we see every day that are neglected, overlooked or that we’ve been brainwashed into thinking this is the way it is. I’m fortunate enough to be able to travel a couple times each year for training, and by visiting other shops and listening to what they’ve done, I’ve been able to make positive changes in my business. Now, I want to give back and help others do the same.”
McNee recognized that many shop owners feel that they do not have the time to travel for training because they are focused on getting repaired vehicles out the door.
“Shop owners and technicians need to invest time into their future because if they aren’t doing it, no one else will!” he said. “Our members are looking for this type of training so our plans have been very well-received, but I’ve like to see more of those guys who think they don’t have the time or that they’re already good enough. Those are the folks who should be sending their people to this. Do they have all the answers? I sure don’t.