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Board Meeting Sept 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

ASA Houston Board Meeting

IHOP @ Washington & I10, Houston, TX


Meeting was called to order at 7:30pm.




John Miller, President

Ford Rusk, President Elect

Karolena Serratos, Past President

Kevin Spencer, Board Member

Ray White, Board Member

Cyndi Herzing, Board Member

Chuck Stasny, Board Member

Gloria Rodriguez, visitor

Mario Rodriguez, Board Member

Robert Gruener, Board Member

Nancy Adkins, ASA Executive Secretary



Minutes of the past Aug. 1 Planning Meeting were presented and vote for approval was deferred until later in meeting.


Treasurer’s Report was tabled until next meeting.


Report on upcoming meetings was given by Nancy that everything is in order for the Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. meetings.  All are sponsored and with speakers.  Only thing lacking is the hotel reservations for Richard Flint coming for the Dec. meeting.


Review and update from Aug. 1 Planning Meeting was given:

  • Work Study Program, Chuck Stasny, committee chairman.

    Committee members: Patricia & Sherry Dolejsi, Kathryn van der Pol, Rudy Ramkissoon, Costa Kouzounis, John Miller.


They are working on a Mission Statement. There is an appeal for ASA members to join the Advisory Board and for members to participate in the Work Study program with HCC, San Jacinto and Lone Star Junior College automotive students.  They are open to reach out to other private technical schools, ie, Ft. Bend Texas State Technical Institute. Work is in progress on developing contracts stating the requirements for a participating shop and one stating the requirements for the student.  ASA National lawyers will be consulted with the final draft.


HCC “Lunch & Learn” meeting is Thurs., Oct. 22 with approximately 100 students in attendance.  Chuck needs help with talking points for this meeting to share the advantages of working with independent shops.  He would like a printed brochure with these advantages, Code of Ethics, show the bigger picture of vehicle repair beginning with customer to repair to finishing with customer, etc. Catering a substantial meal for this meeting was discussed. He will provide a sign-up sheet at the Sept. 8th monthly meeting for shop owners to volunteer to attend and promote working with an ASA independent shop as opposed to working with a dealership.


All chapter members and not just committee members are invited to join Chuck on a conference call to brainstorm ideas and unify efforts. He will schedule the call and email the dial in number and code to all interested.



  • ASA Branding, Ford Rusk, chairman.Committee members: Karolena Serratos, and Maria Solis with Aracely Maya


    To bring public awareness of ASA, the committee suggests ASA Houston participate in a Car Care Clinic in the fall, Blue Santa toy drive at Christmas, and Child Advocates in Feb.


    Work on the fall event was presented. October 17, 2015, 10-2 pm is a Car Care Clinic put on by Harris County Sheriff’s Dept., AAA of Texas, and Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Steve van Winkle is asking ASA Houston to spear-head this event. 120 cars participated last year.  A parking lot on the north or northwest side of town is their desired location for the event. ASA Houston will need 15 techs to volunteer and bring a tire gauge, tread depth gauge, flashlight, rags and pen, and willing to be there 9am-3pm.


    The committee would like to provide the public with promotional ASA material and to have a large ASA Houston banner with website address for public awareness. A motion was proposed by Ford Rusk to budget $500 for this event, Kevin Spencer seconded it and it was approved.


    Karolena will have a sign-up sheet for this event at our Sept. 8th monthly meeting.


    It was reported that Karolena wrote a statement about ASA Houston and sent it to Angie’s List.  If it is approved it will be published in their magazine, otherwise, it will be posted on their website, another effort to brand ASA Houston.


  • By Laws, Ford Rusk chairman.

    Work is in progress with nothing to report just yet.


  • Website, John Miller.

    John reported Kukui now has the new employment page on the website. A test application was submitted and Nancy received it. These applications will then be sent to ASA members according to the zip code.  John will make sure the Board Minutes and the Work Study information are posted on the website.  He will demonstrate how to access the website and show its contents at the next monthly meeting.


  • Work Force, Maria Solis and Aracely

    Maria wasn’t present and John Miller reported her efforts in working with Johanna Vargas of Workforce Solutions.  ASA Houston has been invited to host a booth at their job fairs.  In addition, Workforce Solutions is developing a new internship program that will pay at least $8.00/hr to interns who are in school and wanting to work for a company who will train them.  ASA could utilize this for our Work Study program with HCC and San Jacinto.


Ford Rusk made a motion to approve the minutes from the Aug. 1 Planning Meeting. Minutes were approved.


Nancy shared that we had 17 members delinquent in dues and 10 suspended. Currently there are 4 delinquent and 7 suspended.  The suspended will be removed from the ASA website. She presented a new Associate Member application, Lone Star Loss Control, Earl Fallen for membership approval.  It was voted on and approved.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm.


Submitted by Nancy Adkins in the absence of Maria Solis.

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