ASA Northwest summer retreat draws attendees to picturesque Suquamish
Suquamish, Wash.—The Clearwater Resort Casino situated on the shores of Agate Passage was the site for the Semi-Annual Retreat & Management Conference of ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) in late June.
A golf outing at White Horse Golf Course was stage Thursday, followed by a board meeting and evening hospitality suite. On Friday morning, a general business session provided reports to members relating to finances, credentials, insurance, safety programs, government affairs, education, plus chapter reports and staff update reports.
The government affairs report by Bryan Kelley, AMAM, ASA-NW chairman-elect and owner of Valley Auto Electric in Covington, Wash., indicated that the Career Connect Washington initiative to expand technical education is under way to further career opportunities for youth. He reported that Gov. Jay Inslee’s goal is to connect 100,000 students in employer internships and registered apprenticeships over the next five years.
Butch Jobst, AMAM, ASA-NW chairman of the board and education committee chair reported that the ASA-NW ITAC apprenticeship program will be implemented this fall in a pilot-phase with students and education facilities. He also said the committee is promoting member shops to become involved in advisory councils at local high schools and colleges offering automotive training programs.
In his report on the state of the association, President and Executive Director Jeff Lovell, AMAM, reported that the new ATE East training event in Spokane will take place Oct. 24-25, and is expected to attract some 250 shops for management and technical training.
Jen Smith, co-owner of Gig Harbor Automotive, provided an Ascettes report that included a reminder that four $750 scholarships will again be provided in 2020 from the ASA-NW support group that raises scholarship funds through raffles and auctions at annual retreats.
At the well-attended Friday evening Mechanical/Collision Roundtable session, a variety of subjects were discussed by attendees, including succession planning, mentoring new members in local chapters, shop practices, and other subjects pertinent to members.
Saturday morning’s AMI-approved seminar was presented by Jennifer Filzen of Rock Star Marketing, a noted author, speaker, and consultant. “The Future of Social Media Marketing & How it Affects Your Business” seminar was hailed by attendees as one of the most valuable presentations in recent years and drew extensive interaction amongst those in attendance.
At the Saturday luncheon, Joel Baxter, AMAM, co-owner of B&B Auto & Truck in Bremerton, Wash., addressed the group on issues relating to the ASA national association. The longtime national delegate to ASA from the Northwest affiliate, he updated members on available webinar training, legislative issues being addressed by ASA’s Washington D.C.’s legislative representative (NHTSA’s privacy and cyber security matters), sensor calibration issues being addressed by the ASA ops committee, data access concerns, support from national parts suppliers (WORLDPAC, AutoZone, and others), new benefits, and other issues. Baxter said that ASA-NW is the only ASA affiliate in the country that has an approved apprenticeship program for students, as well as the SSL mentoring program designed to assist younger shop owners improve their business knowledge.
The next retreat will be Jan. 23-26, at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth, Wash.