The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and its board of directors reported in a news release that they are disheartened to share some unfortunate news. The members of the board feel it is their responsibility to share this information with ASA’s membership as well as the broader industry, which has supported ASA for more than 60 years.
ASA has been victimized by theft committed by a former employee. The proper authorities have been contacted and they are taking concerted action to hold that person accountable for the crimes committed. The individual was terminated with cause earlier this year. Following this discovery, two executives have stepped down.
In regard to the theft, ASA is relieved to report that the association was insured and took immediate action. Thankfully, our insurance partners expedited the process and ASA recuperated a portion of its loss. In addition, proper measures have been taken to prevent any further such activity.
It’s important to note that the NACE and CARS events, which are produced for ASA by Hanley Wood Exhibitions, were not compromised, ASA reports. Those events, and any related income, are handled directly by Hanley Wood and are completely separate from ASA’s finances.
The board believes the association will be stronger going forward as a result of these unfortunate circumstances. ASA is a grassroots organization that has survived many decades because of the leadership and strength of its volunteer board members. The newly elected board is committed to ensuring the association meets the needs of its members and affiliated associations through collaboration and transparency. The recent announcements specific to the board’s vision and the hiring of an interim executive director support the board’s resolve to usher in a new era at ASA.
“The issue has been addressed and ASA is looking forward to the future. I expect great things from the association in 2013 as well as years to come,” said Darrell Amberson, AAM, ASA chairman.
The ASA board of directors realizes there may be some unanswered questions. ASA has been advised by its attorney as well as the authorities not to provide further details due to the pending investigation.
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