ASA Podcast

ASA Podcast

The ASA Podcast is the program for automotive professionals that keeps you ahead of What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Next in the business of automotive service and collision repair. By sharing information, insight and inspiration it will not just help you make a living, it will help you make a difference!

Episodes

July 20, 2021 9 min

Episode 103 – Protect Your Business from the Growing Threat of Ransomware

In response to a growing number of ransomware and other cybersecurity attacks, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with federal partners, have launched StopRansomware.gov, a website created to combat the threat of ransomware. In this episode, Steven Shipe, Business Development Manager for DELL Compu...

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Episode 102 – Never Stop Learning

Steve Wuesthoff is a veteran and owner of PRO-CAT Auto Service in Toms River, NJ. He’s also a World Class Technician with a mission to help other shop owners succeed. From his passion for learning to his commitment to share what he knows as a shop owner and technician, Steve represents the best of the best in our industry. Hear all about it as Steve discusses the many ways he’s decided to give back ...

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Episode 101 – Collision Programs Closing at Alarming Rate

It’s no secret that Career & Technology Education (CTE) programs at the secondary and post-secondary school level have been struggling, but the issue is particularly acute when it comes to collision repair CTE programs. In this episode, we talk with George Arrants, VP of the ASE Education Foundation, on the rapid decline in collision CTE programs and the implications for ...

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Episode 100 – ASA Chairman Plans for the Future

In a special ASA Podcast to mark our 100th Episode, meet Fred Hules, the newly-elected Chairman of the Automotive Service Association. Fred steps into the role after working as Chairman-Elect with previous chairman, Bob Wills through the lockdowns and chaos of 2020. But if coping with the pandemic was a challenge, Fred sees 2021 as the opportunity for ASA. From a rededication to growin...

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Episode 99 – ASA-Texas Focuses on Growth

In this episode, we continue our conversation with Kathryne Buckley-Tessem about her role as the Executive Director of ASA-Texas. In the second of two podcasts, she talks about how the ASA-Texas Board is focused on growing the membership in the affiliate organization as we all continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic. From creating new systems to deal with a changing industry, to w...

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Episode 98 – Growing Up in the Business

Kathryne Buckley-Tessem is the new Executive Director of ASA-Texas. She’s also the daughter of Jeff Buckley, a name many of us are familiar with from his shop video’s. In the first of a two-part podcast, we talk with Kathryne about growing up in the business and how it helped her discover her desire to serve. She also shares her personal story about how she moved from the world of sports manag...

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Episode 97 – The Future of the Automotive Workforce

In this episode, we talk with Kim Hickey, Client Fulfillment Director, Coach and Trainer at the Automotive Training Institute. Kim moderated the panel on the Future of the Automotive Workforce and raised some of the thorniest issues we face as an industry in attracting, developing and keeping the technical talent we all need now and for the future. From the evolution of what it mea...

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Episode 96 – Virtual Interactive Diagnostic Challenge Combines Fun and Learning

In many ways, the recent ASA X50 Conference & Expo provided the opportunity to try some new things. One great example of this was the Interactive Diagnostic Challenge presented by Brin Kline and Rich Falco, with the support of CTI, WTI, and Training by Techs. At the heart of all associations is the need to provide relevant information and ongoing lea...

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Episode 95 – Gary Smith on the Need for PWM Training

Keeping up with automotive technology requires ongoing training. That’s particularly true when it comes to learning more about Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). Gary Smith of DiagNation knows that better than most, but these days it’s as much about radio frequencies as it is basic electricity. The type of things we need to know about range from basic electrical components and circuits...

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Episode 94 – ASA Welcomes Mark Mills Back as the Advance Auto Parts Sponsored Benefit Provider Representative

Change is a constant in the automotive service industry, with roles and responsibilities shifting on a regular basis. In this episode, we welcome back Mark Mills as the representative for Advance Auto parts, one of the Sponsored Benefit Providers providing support, training and benefits to help ASA members drive their busine...

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Episode 93 – The ASA X50 Conference Offers Outstanding Value!

The ASA X50 Conference & Expo is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with Ray Fisher, ASA President & Executive Di...

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Episode 92 – The ASA X50 Conference Offers Something for Everyone in the Shop!

The ASA X50 Conference & Expo is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with X50 sponsors Jim Gray from ...

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Episode 91 – The ASA X50 Conference Offers Insights into OEM Technology

The ASA X50 Conference & Expo is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with Maryann Croce about her class on T...

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Episode 90 – The ASA X50 Conference & Expo Offers Top Trainers!

The ASA X50 Conference is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with Kim Walker, Roger Cada and Scott Brown about some...

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Episode 89 – The X50 Conference Offers a New Virtual Experience!

The X50 Conference is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! Listen in as we begin a four-part series spotlighting what you’ll find, what you’ll le...

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Episode 88 – TechForce Foundation – Promoting “New Collar” Automotive Careers

Jennifer Maher is the CEO of the TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization with the mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. Their vision is to harness the collective resources of the transportation industry to develop tomorrow’s workforce of qualified technicians. TechForce ...

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Episode 87 – Advanced Vehicles Require Advanced Repair Procedures

Today’s vehicles are marvels of modern technology. From computer-controlled engine management to Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), even the most average car or light truck is a rolling computer network. Making sure all of these systems are working properly after a collision requires advanced equipment and highly-trained technicians, along with a new list of stand...

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Episode 86 – From Customer to General Manager

Dan Levin discovered his passion in an unusual way-by accident. After traveling in Europe and college, he moved to Boulder, Colorado where he ran a rental car operation and became a customer of Pellman’s Automotive Service. One of those repairs resulted in finding his career path as an ASE Certified technician who worked his way up to become General Manager, thanks to the help, training ...

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Episode 85 – Building a Future and Making a Difference

John Glosek grew up in Pennsylvania loving golf and muscle cars. He built his first engine at 16 and worked in a machine shop, honing his automotive skills in high school. After earning degrees in business management and automotive technology, he followed his passion and now works for Steve Horvath as the Service Manager at Jeno’s Auto Service, Inc. in Littleton, Colorado. John ...

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Episode 84 – Great Ideas for Finding and Developing the Next Generation of Technicians

Dave Hinz is the owner of Mastertek Auto Repair in Algonquin, IL. Like many in the automotive service industry, his interest in fixing what’s broken started early. He founded Mastertek in 2002 and never looked back. The opportunities for growth are there for those who recognize them, and Dave’s philosophy of treating customer like family have serv...

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