Jeff Lovell, president and executive director of ASA Northwest, said, "We are very fortunate to have a great group of members willing to take time away from their businesses to join us at the retreats. Thank you to all the members and sponsors who helped make this retreat such a success!"
The retreat began on Thursday, June 24 with 18 holes of golf. That evening, ASA Northwest held its Board of Directors meeting followed by a Hospitality Suite. While the Ascettes enjoyed a scavenger hunt on Friday morning, ASA Northwest held a General Business Session meeting. Friday afternoon provided an opportunity for fun and networking as ASA Northwest members went bowling at Ocean Shores Bowling Alley.
Saturday's sessions began with "Getting Back to the Basics - From Estimates to Employment," presented by Rod Stephens from The Stephens Law Firm. His seminar covered estimates, invoices and signage, wages and hourly rates, and the National Labor Relations Act. Stephens also discussed the best practices for avoiding employment lawsuits and how to effectively use non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.
Following the AMI seminar, attendees gathered for lunch with ASA national executive director Dan Risley, who provided updates on the association and its initiatives. He also discussed upcoming events, including NACE | CARS 2016, which will be held in Anaheim, CA on August 9-13. After lunch, participants enjoyed free time to explore the city and visit the beach.
On Saturday evening, the Mechanical, Technical and Collision Roundtable was held at the same time as the Ascettes' Business Meeting. "A lot was accomplished at both meetings," Lovell said.
Saturday evening concluded with another Hospitality Suite, which included raffle drawings by the Ascettes and a live auction. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Ascettes Scholarship Fund.
ASA Northwest will hold its next retreat at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth, WA on January 19-22, 2017.