ASA National announced changes to its regional affiliate ASA-Midwest.
ASA-Midwest, which is comprised of six states – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma – will be restructured. Arkansas and Oklahoma will no longer be part of ASA Midwest.
In addition, ASA-Midwest’s members will see a reduction in their annual dues. ASA says the reduced administrative expense and a shift to a more virtual environment of meetings and member services is one of the many benefits resulting from these changes, which will be effective Oct. 1.
ASA National will announce a new executive director for ASA-Midwest in the coming weeks.
Dan Risley, ASA president, stated, “The changes will allow us to better serve a broader base of members in these states and hopefully garner an increase in participation as we move to a more virtual means to communicate regularly among the board of directors, staff and membership.”
Recent legislation in these areas surrounding safety inspection programs is a great example of the need for increased communication and representation, according to ASA.
“One example of the need for increased activity is that state vehicle safety inspections are continually under attack at a state level. Our goal is to strengthen our foothold at the state level as we believe legislation will be introduced again in the coming year,” said Bob Redding, ASA Washington D.C. representative. “We look forward to working with the other associations in these states to better support the collision and mechanical repair industries.”
Shop owners in Oklahoma or Arkansas who are interested in participating and assisting with the formation of a state association can contact Tony Molla, ASA Vice President, by email at [email protected].
“We recognize the need for a strong state association in these areas and we are committed to making that a reality. State associations are the building blocks and foundation of ASA,” said Roy Schnepper, ASA chairman.