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April 24, 2018 Week In Connections

Chair Gosnell Appoints Ryan Maas of Total Specialties USA to the Manufacturers' Advisory Council
CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, has appointed Ryan Maas of Total Specialties USA to the Association's Manufacturers' Advisory Council (MAC). 

When Chair Gosnell announced Mr. Maas' appointment he commented, "Ryan has represented his Company at several CAWA leadership meetings in the past and we are pleased he has stepped up to serve in CAWA's leadership". "We anticipate that he will contribute to the future successes of the Association and the industry it serves". 

Mr. Maas began his career at Ry-Nck Tire & Automotive as a General Service Technician with a long term focus of management. In 2001, he entered management as an Assistant Store Manager and within five years reached the regional management level. He was responsible for 9 locations and managed over 120 employees in a retail environment. Mr. Maas left Ry-Nck Tire & Automotive in 2012 and began his career in chemical/lubricant sales where he was recruited by TOTAL Lubricants, the world's fourth largest oil, gas, and renewable energy major. He has been with TOTAL for six years specializing in the sales and consultation of auto parts distribution in Northern and Southern California. Mr. Maas graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University. He is married and has two children. He loves animals and is very active in his children's school including coaching their sports of soccer and baseball.

Want to Ask Direct Questions of the California Air Resources Board?
Their Executive Officer, Richard Corey, will be present at CAWA's Leadership meeting on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Renaissance hotel in Newport Beach. See the registration information here and attend to hear other presentations including:
  • Rick Schwartz , CEO and Managing Partner, Schwartz Advisors - "What Every Business Owners Needs to Know About Mergers & Acquisitions - Even if You Don't Plan on Selling Your Business" 
  • Jennifer Maher, Chief Executive Officer, TechForce Foundation - "Driving Tomorrow's Workforce of Technicians" 
  • Derek Kaufman , Managing Partner, Schwartz Advisors - "The Effects of Emerging Technologies on Automotive Service" 
For more information, contact Another member benefit.

California DMV Locations to Show Motorists Video Highlighting Their Rights Under Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
As a result of CAWA approaching state administrative agencies in California to better inform consumers about their rights as they relate to their vehicle's warranties, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be showing motorists a video at its 178 locations across the State. The video highlights motorists' rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act ( see here). For more information, contact our Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603. See the complete press release here, which was done in tandem with the Car Care Council. Another member benefit.

CAWA Encourages the Arizona Attorney General to Educate the Public Regarding Their Warranty Rights
warranty After CAWA Legislative Advocate, Stuart Goodman, met with the Attorney General's Office to discuss the importance of alerting the consumer of their rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA), the Office amended their website to include information on the MMWA. See this link to view the information:

Do you know your consumers rights under MMWA? Contact Jennifer Zins, CAWA Director of Government Affairs, to be informed because it could mean more parts sold and services performed in the aftermarket when the vehicle is still under the manufacturers' warranty. She can be reached at or 916.871.0603. Another member benefit.

To Bolster Employee Loyalty, Be Sure to Educate Them
A recent Harris Interactive Study, commissioned by insurer Unum Group, found that employees who receive frequent and thorough education on their available benefits are more likely to view their employer positively, and to feel that they are valued by them. The survey establishes a positive correlation between employees' understanding of their benefits and productivity.

Your employees will only value your health plans, 401(k) plans and other benefits after an intensive effort by management and HR professionals to educate them. Think of it this way: After all the time and expense you have gone through to create a powerful menu of benefits for your employees to choose from, all of it will go unappreciated if you don't make an effort to brief and educate them on your benefits package. See more tips here. Source Mat Nabity, CAWA insurance partner who can be reached at
or 916.835.1676. Another member benefit.

West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agree to a Flat Fee and Appointment-based Model
After leading the Auto Care and MEMA coalition at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to push for change, restating our industry's concern at the Pier Pass roundtable with Secretary Pritzker two years ago and continuing to push our agenda for change at Pier Pass meetings, we finally have success.

Assuming the FMC approves, which we believe is a foregone conclusion, effective next August, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will implement Pier Pass 2.0 which will effectively cut the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) in half for both 20' & 40' containers during the day. At the same time, an appointment system will be put in place that should effectively improve cargo flow in and out of the terminals.

All good news for our members and the industry! See here for more details or contact CAWA's Chair of Public Affairs, Steve Hughes at or 310.872.6844.

National Medical Support Notice Requires Timely Response
medical support If you are an employer and received a National Medical Support Notice for one of your employees --- what is this notice and how do you respond?

A National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) is a notice sent to an employer from a local child support agency when an employee's child is required, by a child support order, to be provided health care. It consists of two parts: see this link for details - Source : Our friends at the California Chamber of Commerce

Workplace Distractions Hurt Your Employees and Your Business
Workplace distractions are ever-present. They reduce workers' productivity, increase their stress, cause injuries and lower morale. Some are the result of modern technology, but others have been around a lot longer.

Following an interruption, it typically takes a couple of minutes to return concentration to work. These short interruptions and recovery periods add up to large amounts of lost productive time. There are a multitude of distractions that can affect employee safety and productivity that employers need to be aware of.

See here for details. Source: Glen Dailey, CAWA insurance partner who can be reached at or 916.690.6425. Another member benefit.

Association Job Board is Vital to a Successful Recruitment Strategy
The CAWA Career Center is more than just a place to post job opportunities. In fact, we offer something of far greater value than other recruitment sites. We are an engagement platform that brings you even closer to the type of talent that you are looking for. Our job board is built around an established community of state and national trade association members, students and industry professionals; creating an opportunity to network with others in the field and build an employer brand that extends beyond the job board. Visit to begin your search for talent for your company. Another member benefit.
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