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September 26, 2017 Week In Connections

If You Manufacture Batteries or Sell them to Consumers - Pay Attention to These Requirements
Retailers, manufacturers, and importers who sell lead-acid batteries in California are required to file their lead-acid battery fee return(s) electronically with the Board of Equalization (BOE). The lead-acid battery fee returns are separate from other returns or reports you may need to file with the BOE. You must file a return even if no amount is owed. For more information click on this link, Keeping you compliant with new laws and regulations, as a CAWA member benefit. Call or email Gary Conover, our legislative advocate with your questions. He can be reached at or 916.233.9655.   Another member benefit.

CAWA Annual Membership Dinner October 29, 2017 at Caesars Palace - Pompeian Ballroom
Enjoy a fun filled evening with auto care industry colleagues as we install new officers, celebrate our successes, listen to our keynote speaker Ted Wise former Co-President and COO of O'Reilly Auto Parts and support CAWA Memorial Scholarship Fund with a live auction. Thanks to the generosity and exclusive sponsorship of Motorcar Parts of America, all proceeds from the event go to the Association's scholarship fund. A must do to start off Industry Week!  

Keynote Speaker: Ted Wise- Former Co-President and COO of O'Reilly Auto Parts  

Ted Wise A native of Springfield Missouri, Ted attended Missouri State University. Following, he went to work at O'Reilly Automotive in a store as a delivery driver which developed into 45 year career. As a Store Manager, he opened the company's first retail / wholesale store and was later promoted to be the company's first District Manager responsible for developing O'Reilly's dual market business strategy. In 1984, he became the company's first Vice President in charge of Store Operations, promoted to executive Vice President of Operations and Sales, and in 1999 was promoted to Co-President over all functions of Store Operation, Sales, Advertising/Marketing, and Real Estate/ Expansion. In 2005, he assumed the role of Co-President and COO at O'Reilly Auto Parts. Activity within the industry includes; Dean of Store Operations at AWDA University, AWDA University Founders Award 1996, AWDA Board and Chairman in 2000, Northwood University Education Award 2001, AWDA Memorial Scholarship Award 2001, Coalition for Auto Equality (CARE) Director 2001-2015 / Chairman 2005-2015.On personal note, Ted has been married for 47 years, has 3 sons, and 7 grandchildren. Now retired, he spends time at home with family, enjoyed playing more golf, fishing and travel.

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AACF Helps Aftermarket Victims of Historic Hurricanes
The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) is taking immediate action to expand urgent storm response efforts for aftermarket families in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. "We are deeply grateful for other organizations that have generously donated, arranged fund drives and matching gifts campaigns like CAWA, Auto Care Association, Mighty Auto Parts, XL Parts, Custom Automotive Network, Engine Performance Warehouse, The Shop, Standard Motor Products, Race Winning Brands and others (including SEMA, MEMA, National Pronto and Automotive Parts Services Group)," said Joel Ayres, Executive Director. According to AACF President, Bob Hirsch, "We understand that many are still without power and basic supplies, so we've also launched a simple application on our website to make it easier for families to apply and receive help using a mobile device." AACF has recently allocated $250,000 from its reserve funds to address the needs of families in storm-affected areas in addition to donations received, as historic hurricane events and flooding continue in many areas of the country. As noted - CAWA, like other auto care industry associations, has contributed funds to the AACF to help support their efforts. For more information, click here.

New Regulation for Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant - Use and Sale
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has adopted a regulation to reduce refrigerant emissions from the do-it-yourself servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners (MVAC) such as those in cars and pickup trucks. This regulation became law in the state of California on January 1, 2010 and was further amended on April 13, 2017. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the amended regulation: For more information or questions, see our California based legislative advocate, Gary Conover, at 916.233.9655 or Another member benefit.

Prizes or Cash Donations to Support CAWA's 2018 Scholarship Program are Now Being Accepted
Should you or your company be interested in donating cash, raffle or auction prizes, please see the contribution form and solicitation letter from this year's Fundraising Committee Chair, David Wendt of Delphi Products & Service Solutions (here). The event that raises funds for the scholarship program will be held the Sunday night before AAPEX/SEMA in Las Vegas. For more information on how you can support scholarships given by the Association, contact our President & CEO, Rodney Pierini at or 800.332.2292, ext. 1201. To register for the annual dinner meeting where funds are raised for the scholarship fund, click (here). Another member benefit.

CAWA Holds an In-District Meeting to Promote the Delay of the HIT Tax
Our representatives, including Jack Gosnell, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Gary Conover, Legislative Advocate and Jennifer Zins, Director of Government Affairs, met with officials from California Congressman Jeff Denham's office. Our message - delay the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) on health insurance and business. Healthcare costs have risen for 95 percent of us over the past five years, and it's hard to keep up. Now there's a real possibility that Congress won't act in time to spare us from a return of the Health Insurance Tax in 2018. The HIT tax adds about $500 to the cost of providing health insurance for each employee. CAWA will continue to fight for the delay of the HIT tax. For additional information, contact our Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603. Another member benefit.

CAWA Legislative Team

CAWA Scholarships Available - Application Process is Now Open Through March 31, 2018
Interested in receiving a scholarship from the Association for your employees, children, family members and others who would be welcomed into the auto care industry? Applying is easy! The online application process allows students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application each year online at and receive consideration for several scholarships. Funds for scholarships come from generous CAWA members and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, see or contact CAWA Member Services at Another member benefit.

Used Vehicles Boost Dealer Bays - FYI
"New Vehicle Dealers sold more than 15 million used cars and light trucks last year, only 12% below their 2016 new vehicle unit volume. Dealers have increased their annual used vehicle sales for seven straight years." "Dealers earn substantially more profit when selling a used vehicle than they do in a typical new car and light truck transaction. The used vehicle market has become an important factor in Dealer strategies to build service bay volume." Source: Jim Lang

Workers Comp Insurance - Exclusive Discounts for CAWA Members
Workers Comp Save up to 20% on your workers comp insurance this go around.

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