September 16, 2016
In response to member demand for more opportunities to connect and share knowledge and experiences with other
members, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) has two peer-to-peer learning and
networking events scheduled this fall.
The first, a Mech XChange targeted for mechanical-division members, will take place on September 27, from 4 – 6 p.m.,
at IDENTIFIX in Roseville, MN. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in two roundtable
Managing the Customer Experience
Every interaction a customer has during the course of doing business with a shop – from scheduling the initial
appointment to delivery of the repaired vehicle and everything in between – will impact their satisfaction and loyalty to a
shop. Successful shops control and manage the little things, as well as the big things, throughout the entire customer
experience. Attendees will share ideas and best practices for managing customers’ experiences.
Shop Scheduling & Workflow
To succeed, all shops must manage their workflow efficiently. This starts with scheduling and includes systems, processes
and operational philosophies for maximizing productivity and moving cars through the shop. Attendees will learn
tried-and-true methods for tightening up the scheduling and workflow process and increasing profits.
Collision-division members will gather on Wednesday, October 12, for a Body Shop Session. This event will take place
from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Roseville, MN. The cost to attend is $25 per person, which
In this session, attendees will learn about OEM certification programs that are becoming more and more prominent in the
collision industry. There can be extensive costs and requirements associated with joining these programs, and doing so
could be beneficial for some shops and a waste of time for others.
AASP-MN has assembled a panel of local collision shop owners who have gone down this road and are willing to share
their “lessons learned” in the process. Certifications represented will be: Ford, Nissan, FCA (Fiat Chrysler), Honda,
Infiniti, GM, Hyundai, Audi, Mercedes Benz, VW and Porsche. George Maris, American Honda Motor Co. Collision
Parts Market Manager, North Central zone, will also be in attendance to share a manufacturer’s perspective. Attendees
will hear about their experiences, get questions answered and will be better able to determine if OEM certification is a
good fit for their own shops.
Participants at both of these events will also receive a report on AASP-MN’s current initiatives and upcoming events.
Anyone in the automotive service industry is welcome to attend—membership is not required.
For additional information or to register, contact the AASP-MN office at (612) 623-1110 or 800-852-9071 or visit
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is an association of nearly 800
independently-owned automotive service businesses and industry suppliers dedicated to improving the state’s automotive
service industry and the success of its members.
July 26, 2016
Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service launches CarCareers.org as central resource for automotive career information
MINNEAPOLIS (June 30, 2016) – Each year, the demand for qualified automotive service and collision repair technicians and other industry employees far exceeds the supply of incoming professionals. To ensure a future workforce to keep Minnesota consumers driving, Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service (MNCARS) has launched a multifaceted campaign that provides students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors with a better picture of the pathways to success and career opportunities in the automotive industry.
“CarCareers.org will help parents, teachers, influencers and students overcome misperceptions about the automotive industry and attract the qualified job candidates employers desperately need,” said Judell Anderson, executive director of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota, founder and platinum sponsor of MNCARS. “With hundreds of jobs waiting for skilled employees, the time is now to attract new professionals to our technology-driven field.”
The website includes sections on: reasons to pursue an automotive career; facts to counter common misperceptions about the industry; career paths; success spotlights and a depiction of the 21st century automotive service and collision shop to demonstrate the cutting-edge diagnostics and computer-driven technology that is common in today’s shops. Visitors will come away with a better understanding of the advantages that a two-year automotive program offers in getting started in the workforce.
CarCareers.org was developed and will be hosted and managed by Autoshop Solutions, an award-winning web design and Internet marketing agency based in Apex, NC. “We are thrilled to be able to work with MNCARS on this campaign,” says Danny Sanchez, Founder and CEO of Autoshop Solutions. “CarCareers.org will serve as a positive introduction to the industry for thousands of people, and we are proud that we were chosen to help bring the campaign to life.”
Over the next two years, MNCARS will reach audiences by hosting events at schools and community locations for students to get hands-on exposure to car career jobs, developing and promoting media stories that feature local pros and their stories, sharing news coverage of the industry and creating a digital “toolkit” for counselors and teachers that presents accurate, positive information about the industry’s career options.
MNCARS’ first event was “Back to the 50s” on June 17-19 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Information was shared with teens and their parents about the exciting career opportunities that exist in the industry. Attendees were also encouraged to share their favorite photos from the event on Facebook. Information will also be available at the Street Machine Nationals event July 15- 17, also at the fairgrounds. “These events are a great forum to reach car hobbyists and get them thinking about turning their love for cars into a rewarding career,” said Anderson.
Visit www.CarCareers.org to learn more. MNCARS can also be found on Facebook.com/carcareers and on Instagram @carcareers.
About Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service
Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service (MNCARS) is a workforce initiative created by a cross-section of automotive industry representatives, including independent repair shops, multiple shop operators, suppliers, technical college administrators and other industry organizations. Its goal is to ensure a future workforce for Minnesota’s automotive service industry by raising awareness and recruiting people into technical college automotive education programs (collision and mechanical) and industry careers. MNCARS will help parents, influencers and students overcome misperceptions of the industry and attract the qualified employees the industry needs.
About Autoshop Solutions
Autoshop Solutions is an award-winning website design and Internet marketing agency based in Apex, NC. Since 2005, Autoshop Solutions has been helping the automotive industry with custom-designed websites and Internet marketing solutions, including Google Adwords, SEO, Social Media, Direct Mail, Custom Video, and more. For three years in a row, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Autoshop Solutions has been named to the Inc 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and awarded seven years in a row by AutoInc. in the Top 10 Websites. Stay connected with Autoshop Solutions on Facebook and Twitter, or contact Autoshop Solutions Press firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
July 26, 2016
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) awarded $14,000 in scholarships to help post-secondary automotive students pay for tuition during the 2016-17 school year. The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 per student and were made possible by a successful fundraising drive within the AASP-MN membership, as well as a generous donation from the Minnesota State I-CAR Committee. All recipients will be entering the second year of a NATEF-certified automotive program based in Minnesota.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
Thirty students from 12 schools were eligible for the scholarships. Applications were reviewed by a committee of industry representatives, with consideration given to scholastic achievement, education and career goals, financial need and written recommendations.
The scholarship awards are the centerpiece of AASP-MN’s Automotive Education Fund, which was established to provide financial resources to support automotive students, enhance automotive programs and raise awareness of career opportunities in the independent automotive service industry.
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May 26, 2016
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its 2016 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, April 14, at the Ramada Plaza, Minneapolis. The event, with the theme “Lead the Way,” offered seminars covering topics from effective leadership, industry consolidation, and authentic persuasion to how to increase diagnostic labor sales and improve workflow scheduling. In addition, there were ample opportunities for networking and socializing with industry peers.
Richard Flint kicked off the event with “Mastering the 5 Skills for Effective Leadership,” which explored the traits an individual must possess—and master— to establish true leadership. Brad Mewes of Supplement!, followed with “Help! My Industry is Consolidating,” which explained the state of industry consolidation and the challenges and opportunities that consolidation presents.
During the annual meeting, AASP-MN Lobbyist Kevin Walli gave a brief legislative update, the 2016-17 Board of Directors were introduced, and awards were presented to outgoing board members and other volunteer leaders. In addition, AASP-MN Executive Director Judell Anderson and Office Manager Jodi Pillsbury, were recognized for celebrating 20 and 25 years of service, respectively. After a report on the association’s initiatives, guests were treated to an inspiring keynote by Sam Silverstein, which highlighted the key elements to create a culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability.
Afternoon programming included, “Collision Workflow: Better Scheduling = Greater Success,” presented by Kent Carlson, Collision Resources, “Increase Your Diagnostic Labor Sales,” presented by Steve Taylor, Action Business Solutions, “Building Your Accountable Organization,” presented by Sam Silverstein, and “Authentic Persuasion: Communication That Moves Others to Action,” presented Josh Dye of Convene LLC. Peer-to-peer roundtable discussions wrapped up the day’s educational offerings.
When the seminars were over, attendees enjoyed a happy hour with vendor exhibits displaying everything from business insurance to rental cars. The relaxed environment provided attendees opportunities to network with others and learn about the latest products and services available to the automotive repair industry.
Following happy hour, the fun moved to the industry dinner and comedy show, where attendees were treated to a great dinner and entertainment by Comedian C. Willi Myles. The show, sponsored by Dent Impressions, left everyone in stitches.
In addition to AASP-MN, the following companies were sponsors of the event:
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October 19, 2015
At a time when companies throughout the industry are struggling to find the level of highly-qualified employees they need now and into the future, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) has stepped up to the plate with $50,000 to actually do something about it. The funds will support a campaign designed to feed the pipeline of future employees by changing the narrative about automotive service careers, informing potential students and employees about the number of rewarding opportunities that exist within the automotive industry – AND helping students who have the skills and profile for success explore career decisions in the trade.
This is an effort of a newly-formed group, Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service – aka MNCARS – of which AASP-MN is a member. MNCARS is made up of a cross-section of industry representatives, including independent repair shops, new car dealers, multiple shop operators (MSOs), suppliers, insurers, technical college administrators and other industry organizations. The goal of MNCARS is to ensure a future workforce for Minnesota’s automotive service industry by raising awareness and recruiting young people into post-secondary automotive education programs (collision and mechanical) and industry careers.
MNCARS has partnered with Risdall, a leading marketing and communications agency, to develop and oversee the two-year campaign. Important elements of the initiative will include:
The AASP-MN Board of Directors identified the availability of a future workforce as a key priority for the association during its strategic planning session in early 2014. Since that time, AASP-MN has dedicated time, money and resources to support various projects and outreach efforts to high school automotive instructors and counselors, as well as scholarships for post-secondary automotive students. “It’s time our industry was intentional about its collective brand as employers,” says Judell Anderson, AASP-MN Executive Director. “It will take a collaborative and unified effort to cut through all the ‘noise’ and overcome the misperceptions about working in the automotive service industry and attract the kind of high-level employees we need. The MNCARS initiative is designed to accomplish just that.”
Sponsorship opportunities are available for those within the industry to support these important efforts. Sponsorship can range from one time or annual pledges, to corporate sponsorships which will include prominent placement and recognition on the MNCARS campaign website. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit the AASP-MN website, www.aaspmn.org.Read More
February 10, 2015
From technicians to managers, mechanical shops to collision shops, the seminars at AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show offer something for all attendees. The show will host seminars covering topics that affect your industry. Whether you’re interested in how to maximize your shop’s profits or how to repair the new 2015 Ford F-150, you’ll find it here!
SEMINARS AND EVENTS:
Thursday, March 19, 2015:
Friday, March 20, 2015:
1pm-5pm: NORTHEAST 2015 East Coast Resolution Forum & Leadership Meeting, co-hosted by AASP/NJ and SCRS
Saturday, March 21, 2015:8am-12pm: I-CAR Aluminum Exterior Panel Repair and Replacement (APR01)
(Peter Fryzel and Mike Bonsanto, I-CAR: This is a PAID COURSE!)8:30am: Estimating and Diagnosis of Structural Damage on Aluminum-Intensive Vehicles & Joining Methods
(Larry Montanez, facilitated by Metropolitan Car-o-liner)
(Derek Naidoo, NitroHeat Worldwide, facilitated by Future Cure)
(Lee Rush, Sherwin Williams)11:30am-12:30pm: Administration Performance Management
(Lee Rush, Sherwin Williams)12:00pm-2:00pm: Stop Leaving Money on the Table!
(John Niechwiadowicz, Performance Consulting: Limited Seating, this is a PAID COURSE!)
(Peter Fryzel and Mike Bonsanto, I-CAR: This is a PAID COURSE!)3pm-5pm: Stop Leaving Money on the Table!
(John Niechwiadowicz, Performance Consulting Limited Seating, this is a PAID COURSE!)
AND SO MUCH MORE!