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August 8, 2017 Week In Connections

Ted Wise, Formerly of O'Reilly Auto Parts, to Keynote CAWA Annual Dinner Gala
CAWA is pleased to announce that Ted Wise will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner gala in Las Vegas during this year's Industry Week. The event will be held the Sunday night (October 29th) before the AAPEX and SEMA Shows. Mr. Wise began his career with O'Reilly as a delivery driver and later opened the Company's first retail and wholesale store. He was then promoted as the Company's first District Manager responsible for developing O'Reilly's dual market business strategy. Later on in his 45 year career, he became the Company's first Vice President in charge of Store Operations, then promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations and Sales, and subsequently promoted to Co-President over all functions of Store Operation, Sales, Advertising/Marketing, and Real Estate Expansion. To complete his career, he assumed the role of Co-President and COO at O'Reilly Auto Parts. 

For immediate details for the event, contact and watch for registration information on the gala coming soon. Recall, too, all proceeds from the event go directly to CAWA's Scholarship Program thanks to the exclusive sponsorship of Motorcar Parts of America.

O_Reilly Auto Parts

Disclosures for Background Checks: A Cautionary Tale
Background checks are oftentimes a condition of employment. Employers who seek to perform background checks must comply with applicable state and federal law before they can obtain such information. This generally includes statutory disclosures and obtaining authorization from the applicant. Employers who fail to comply with the letter of the law can be sued for violation of the statutory requirements, even when the employee has not suffered any actual damages from noncompliance. See article here.

Recall, as a member you can receive up to ½ hour FREE each month in legal consultation for issues such as this (see for the attorney in your state. Source: CAWA partner - Wilke, Fleury Law Firm

A Good Day for Business and the American Consumer
So pleased to hear the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) is dead! Read our coalition's (Americans for Affordable Products) statement on the elimination of the BAT ( here). Thanks to all CAWA members who voiced their opposition.

CAWA Members Present 2017 Scholarship Awards to Deserving Students
Representatives from Gibbs Trucks including CAWA Board member Gary Mueller (l) present scholarship award
Genuine Parts Company - NAPA including CAWA Board member Tom Skov (r) presents scholarship award

Four Workers Comp Mistakes Employers Typically Make
Workers comp is always a significant outlay for any organization and you may be wondering what you can do to reduce your costs. Some companies may take drastic measures to reduce their rates, but in the process they make mistakes that end up costing them more in the long run. Click here to see the four common mistakes that you should avoid in your rush to cut your workers comp costs. For consultation on your workers comp insurance needs, see Glen Dailey of Armstrong & Associates at 916.690.6425 or Another member benefit.

Exclusive Discounts for CAWA Members on Workers Compensation Insurance
See the enclosure for details (here) and contact our insurance partner, Glen Dailey of Armstrong & Associates at 800.632.7777 or Another member benefit.
Workers Comp

eRetailing, Telematics and Service Aggregation Boost Evolution of Global Automotive Aftermarket in 2017
The global automotive aftermarket is rapidly evolving. While technological enablers in eRetailing, telematics and service aggregation will facilitate the evolution of traditional business models and transform the market into a digital and connected ecosystem, multiple opportunities exist in parts and service retailing due to steady growth in worldwide vehicles in operation (VIO). See more ( here). Source: aftermarketNews

Recent Sponsors of CAWA Leadership Meetings - Thank You
CAWA Meeting Sponsors

Plan Calls for L.A., Long Beach Ports to go to Zero-Emissions Technology; Cost Could Hit $14 Billion
See the interesting details from an article in the Los Angeles Times:

DIFM: Independents Versus Dealers
Do it for Me
The Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) market is composed of two major groups of repair outlets: vehicle dealers and independent repair facilities. Following the Great Recession of 2008, thousands of dealers across the U.S. closed or had their vehicle franchises canceled. As result, dealers rapidly lost DIFM product share to independent (non-dealer) repair outlets. Dealer DIFM product strength bottomed during 2014, but they are now showing renewed DIFM market strength. For more details click here. Source: Jim Lang

New Lower Pricing on CAWA's Industry Job Board
The CAWA Careers Industry Job Board now features new lower pricing, starting as low as $75 per listing, for jobs posted throughout a broad industry network. By visiting here, hiring managers will find new job posting rates, starting at $75 for technician positions and $105 for a single 30-day post. Multiple posting packages are available and internship postings continue to be available at no charge. Each posting made on the CAWA Industry Job Board is automatically posted on multiple industry job board sites, enabling employers to see all candidates in one network. The CAWA Industry Job Board network includes the following organizations: 
  • Auto Care Association 
  • Automotive Service Association (ASA) 
  • CAWA- Representing the Automotive Parts Industry 
  • Custom Automotive Network (CAN, formerly PWA) 
  • National Independent Automotive Dealer Association (NIADA)
  • Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) 
  • Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)
For more information, contact or call 800.332.2292. Another member benefit.
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