AASPI Events & Education
On February 23, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) held its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst, IL. The meeting featured presentations by Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Eric Newell from asTech. According to AASPI Executive Director Michael Lane, “One hundred and twelve people attended our 2019 Annual Meeting, eclipsing last year’s attendance.”
Anderson presented “Positioning Yourself in the Collision Repair Program,” discussing what the future looks like for collision repairers and how to win. He covered a variety of topics, including how telematics and connected vehicles will impact the damage analysis process and FNOL, how to prepare for the fact that 36 percent of consumers want services outside of normal business hours, and how to prepare for predictions that 70 percent of claims will be handled via photo or video reinspection by 2020. Anderson also delivered an overview of his Who Pays for What surveys and provided an update on OEM certifications.
During his “Why is Post-Repair Calibration So Important” seminar, Newell demonstrated why it is vital for repair facilities to understand which systems might be impacted by the repair process and how calibrating the ADAS is vital to a properly and safely functioning vehicle.
AASPI also invited Senator Tom Cullerton and Representative Elizabeth Hernandez to the meeting as part of their efforts to kick off the association’s legislative initiatives for the year. “During the meeting, AASPI Lobbyist Brian Wojcicki provided a legislative review of the association’s principal legislation calling for all estimates to be written with OEM repair procedures and OEM parts,” Lane explained. “On hand to talk about this legislation was Senator Cullerton who is sponsoring our bill in the state senate. In addition, State Representative Hernandez, who is sponsoring our bill in the House of Representatives, also sat down with our leadership team during the meeting.”
During the Annual Meeting, AASPI also held elections for its Board of Directors. Bob Gottfred of Eric-LaSalle Body Shop was elected President, and Doug Fiala of Douglas Auto Body will serve as Vice President. Autonation’s Paul Mason will fill the role of Secretary/Treasurer, and elected Directors include Tim Paap of Papp Auto Body and Tom Stiefbold from O’Hare Auto Body.
AASPI 2019 Annual Sponsors
Your company can be up front ALL-YEAR with an AASPI Annual Sponsorship. Opportunities are available at all levels: SILVER, GOLD & PLATINUM. Each level provides multiple exposures at our Annual Meeting (February 23rd); at our Golf Outing (August 1st); and on our Website. Join these companies and show your support by being an Annual Sponsor for 2019.