The conference was a huge success, with attendance up over 30%! Both attendees and exhibitors were excited to see the growth, enthusiasm and forward motion taking place within ASCCA.
The conference kicked off on Friday afternoon, with a training by Dan Gilley of RLO Training, How to Survive and Prosper in the Auto Repair Business. The evening ended with a Welcome Reception where attendees networked with their fellow members and shop owners.
Saturday began with ASCCA President, Jack Crawley making opening remarks, followed by a legislative update by ASCCA Legislative Advocate, Jack Molodanof. Keynote speaker, Bill Haas, CEO, Haas Performance Consulting, LLC presented "Rewarding Bad Behavior", followed by speaker Margie Seyfer, who presented "Impact Presentations- Lip Service: First Class Telephone Skills."
Following lunch with our exhibitors, speaker Maylan Newton, CEO, Educational Seminars Institute presented, "Success or Struggle you Decided!". Closing out the educational part of the day, a Top Shop Panel Discussion: Learn how to get the look from the shops that shine was moderated by Mary Kemnitz, ASCCA Vice President, with panelists including, Gene Morrill, Certified Automotive Specialists; Larry Moore, Larry's Auto Works; and Scott Osborne, Osborne's Automotive.
The evening ended with a Fun Night with Exhibitors, which included a grand raffle prize from AESWave of an Autel MaxiDAS Scantool, with a retail value of over $2500! Lee Chesnin of BVA, Inc. in Santa Monica, CA was the winner of that great prize.
Once again, Rory Balmer of Twin Peaks Auto Service was awarded an iPad in the One Member Can! campaign- winning two years in a row! Rory has done an exceptional job recruiting new members to the association, and now serves as the Chair of the Membership Committee.
The Public Relations Committee concluded the Sign You Can Trust campaign by recognizing the winners of their drawing, 4th place - Roy Doral of Doral's Auto Repair from Chapter 16, and Ken Fritzberg of Solano Way Auto Repair, Chapter 20 won personalized ASCCA jackets; 3rd place - Joe Picker of Reseda Automotive Center, Chapter 5 won a $100 Visa gift card; 2nd place - Margie van Lierop of Viking Auto Care Corp, Chapter 50 won multiple cases of synthetic oil; and 1st place - Jim Boucher of Mira Mesa Automotive Repair, Chapter 24 won a limited edition print by wild life artist Sandra Jordan - all for hanging their new signs and submitting photos into a drawing. The PR Committee also launched their new consumer focused Facebook page, Auto Repair Help by Automotive Service Council of California.
The ASC Education Foundation awarded Heather Cohen of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo with an educational scholarship for her outstanding academic achievement.
Finally, the Members of the Month for 2012-13 were recognized - James Justus, Art Ratner, Dave Kemnitz, Bob Toepp, John Camara, Kris Cesena, Cindy Brown, Gene Morrill and Denise Pina were the outstanding ASCCA members who were nominated by their peers and selected by the Membership committee for their leadership and dedication to ASCCA.
James Justus of James Automotive in San Diego was awarded the Member of the Year Award. James has been a member of ASCCA for over 40 years! He continues to be instrumental in legislative issues and his support of the association knows no bounds.
ASCCA's Conference Committee is already at work on next year's conference, where a new technician training track will be added to the conference schedule. SAVE THE DATE - June 27-29, 2014!