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Friday, 08 March 2019 19:09

ASA Gears Up for Annual Business Meeting & Conference in Hurst, TX

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From April 30 through May 2, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) will host its 2019 Annual Business Meeting and Conference at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, TX.


ASA’s goal is “advancing professionalism and excellence in the service and repair industries.”


The meeting will begin Tuesday with a joint meeting of ASA’s board of directors, affiliate executive directors, and affiliate board chairman/president of Collision & Mechanical Ops Committees. An educational seminar on “ADAS and Calibration” will also be offered that afternoon with a live demo, presented by Standard Motor Products. The evening will conclude with a welcome reception.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, ASA’s Annual Board of Directors’ Business Meeting will be open to all ASA members. From 8 a.m. until noon, Standard Motor Products will provide an encore presentation of the previous day’s seminar, and Spanesi’s Tom McGee will present “Vehicle Design and Technology.”


From 8:30 a.m.--11:30 a.m., Sara Fraser of Haas Performance Consulting will present “Move Over Millennials, Gen Z is Here.” The morning will also include an ASA board meeting, an ASA affiliate meeting and a joint meeting between ASA’s board, its affiliate boards and affiliate executive directors.


Wednesday afternoon will feature an exciting panel discussion on “Talent, Recruitment and Retention,” moderated by Tony Molla, ASA vice president, industry relations, along with Jeremy O’Neal of AdvisorFix. The panelists will include industry experts from AMi, ASE, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Collision Repair Education Foundation and TechForce. That evening, attendees will enjoy ASA’s Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony and dinner reception.


Thursday morning will begin with the AMi board of directors meeting, during which three educational sessions will also be available for attendees. In addition to an encore presentation from McGee, O’Neal will present “Transformational Service Advisor and the Four Pillars,” and Bob Cooper of Elite Worldwide will cover the first part of “Pay Programs that Guarantee More Productive Employees and Happier Customers.” Both presentations are approved for an AMi credit. Cooper will present the second part of the presentation that afternoon.


After lunch, ASA will hold the ASA and AMi board meeting, the ASA affiliate board and affiliate executive director meeting and a meeting of the affiliate executive directors. The Collision Operations Committee and the Mechanical Operations Committee will each meet separately with ASA’s Washington D.C. Representative Bob Redding.


The afternoon’s final educational seminar, in addition to part two of Cooper’s presentation, will be O’Neal’s “Maximizing Profits: Selling Diagnostic Service,” which is also approved for an AMi credit.


Registration for ASA’s Annual Business Meeting and Conference is now open. The cost is $249 for members and $299 for non-members. Register before March 24 to save $50.


For more information on this event or to register, visit

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