At its Sept. 19 meeting, the association hosted guest speaker Joe Leewright of Ellis and Salazar Garage & Body Shop, which has been operating in Austin, TX, since 1953. The body shop owner talked about having a mix of DRPs and private pay work and how shops working together in the industry will make things better for everyone.
In other news, the TIAA held its annual family picnic on Sept. 29 at Eisenhower State Park, in San Antonio. The event included a silent auction, door prizes, raffle, kids games and adult tournaments. Friends and family of business owners, technicians, parts specialists, delivery drivers and warehouse workers were invited. The event was held as a fundraiser for the John Pundt Memorial Scholarship Fund which gives scholarships to youth pursuing an education in automotive repair.