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28th Annual AASP-MN Golf Outing Highlights

One hundred and forty-four golfers (a sell out!) and 21 sponsoring companies enjoyed a beautiful day while golfing and socializing at the 28th Annual AASP-MN Golf Outing at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake, Wednesday, June 21.

The competition was tough, but the teamwork of the following golfers earned them the first-place trophy in a tie-breaker decision with a score of -13 under par. They were:
Randy Krivo, True North M & A
Joel Peterson, Sunbelt Business Advisors
Rick Elliott, True North M & A
Clay Geary, True North M & A

The second-place team was:
Joel Benolkin, Fix Auto MN
PJ Hangartner, State Farm
Dwight Mack, State Farm
Ryan Hangartner, State Farm (not pictured)

Congratulations to Diego Campos of CBIZ who won AASP-MN’s 50/50 split the pot raffle for its Education Fund. Diego took home $965 after donating $100 back to the fund.

Proceeds from the raffle support AASP-MN’s Education Fund, which provides scholarships to first and second year auto service and collision repair students attending Minnesota’s automotive technical programs.

CBIZ and United Fire Group also conducted a fundraiser to support Minnesota Careers in Auto Service & Repair (MNCARS), an initiative created to ensure a future workforce for Minnesota’s automotive service industry by raising awareness and recruiting people into technical college automotive education programs and industry careers. $719 was raised to support MNCARS initiatives. Thanks to all that contributed and to CBIZ & United Fire Group for their efforts.

Minnesota Member Honored with Prestigious ‘Cornerstone Award’ by Women’s Industry Network

This year’s Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Educational Conference was held May 1-3 in San Antonio, Texas. AASP-MN member Laura Kottschade, operations manager of Jerry’s ABRA® Auto Body & Glass, Mankato was presented the WIN Cornerstone Award.  The WIN Cornerstone Award recognizes high impact actions and unique contributions that demonstrate commitment to the WIN mission and vision and sets an example for others to follow.

“Laura took on the task of completely overhauling the WIN Scholarship Program and has done a phenomenal job managing it on top of her demanding career and extra curriculars,” said WIN Chair Tanya Sweetland.

“Laura has a passion for women coming into the industry to succeed, and has even personally delivered shop tools to local scholarship recipients,” added Sweetland.

In addition, Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass was one of four shops recognized for its participation in and fundraising prowess for this year’s WIN Scholarship Walk. The walk is a fundraising event for its scholarship program as part of WIN’s commitment to driving the future of the collision repair industry.

Congratulations to Laura and Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass!

Want more? Check out the July issue of AASP-MN News!