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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:00

Loads of Fun and Education at ASA Northwest's 2017 Summer Retreat

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ASA Northwest members convened at the Clearwater Resort in Suquamish, WA  from June 22--25 for the association's 2017 Summer Retreat.

"We were very fortunate to have a great group of members willing to take time away from their businesses to join us at the retreat, including nine first-time attendees,” stated Jeff Lovell, President and Executive Director of ASA Northwest. “Thank you to all the members and sponsors who helped make this retreat such a success!"


The Summer Retreat began on Thursday morning with 18 holes of golf at the White Horse Golf Course, followed by a Board of Directors meeting that afternoon. The day ended with ASA Northwest's Hospitality Suite.


While the General Business Session occurred on Friday morning, the Ascettes, a group of women who support the association by raising funds for ASA Northwest activities and scholarship initiatives, enjoyed a tour of the Point No Point Lighthouse and some time on the beach. Friday afternoon's agenda was left open to allow attendees to relax at the resort with friends and family, and Friday evening featured the Mechanical/Technical/Collision Roundtable as well as the Ascettes' Business Meeting before the nightly Hospitality Suite.


On Saturday morning, AMI speaker Bill Haas of Haas Performance Consulting presented "Finding and Keeping the Right People---Your Future Depends on Them."


"This was a very informative presentation, and everyone who attended took information away to use immediately in their business or personal life," Lovell said.


ASA National Chairman Elect Ed Cushman was the guest speaker during Saturday's lunch. He spoke about ASA National, the Connected Cars event held from May 18--20, and other events hosted by the association.


"At Connected Cars, there were more engineers who did the training,” Lovell noted. “One of the biggest things is all of the new sensors on the cars, and learning that when you take them apart and put them back together, you need to aim the sensors."


ASA Northwest's BBQ on Saturday night was held in the hotel courtyard and included a variety of lawn games. The Ascettes held a live auction with Valley Automotive's Bryan Kelley. The auction was facilitated by the Ascettes’ Jen Smith, Melissa Kelley, Janel Black, Janae Schindler, and Janee Cantu. A reversible Seahawks jacket was donated by Kukui's Mike Giblin, a handmade quilt was donated by Wanda Jeffries from Autocraft of Spokane, and a beach chair package was contributed by Joel and Doris Baxter from B & B Auto Repair. The Ascettes also donated a basket of booze.


The final Hospitality Suite was held after the BBQ, allowing the Ascettes an opportunity to raffle off donated items before everyone enjoyed s'mores as the event concluded.


ASA Northwest will hold its next retreat from January 25-28, 2018 at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth, WA. For more information, visit

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