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Thinking about United Services Association
« on: August 15, 2013, 11:36:55 PM »
I have come to the point in my business that I want to join an association and get some continuing education, business advice basically meet with folks that know a ton more than I in the industry.  Which I know is already here...that's is obvious :cheers:   but for me I need a little eyes/ears/show my dumb arse what to do next :embarassed:
 
I was looking at USA and the Cleveland meeting the beginning of October.  They have a deal going right now that if you go to one of their training seminars it's a free year in the organization.   Anyone want to join me?
 
Any thought's on associations?  I hope to one day be able to go to ASTI...

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 09:21:06 AM »
I am a member and I feel it is worth it. The training is sometimes out of date ( machine out there too long and we already do them) but fellow tech info. and service updates makes it all worthwhile. I attend the 2 day training every year and never fail to learn some thing new,even if it's from another Tech. Great time to get an answer from a manufacturer representative and sometimes other information. I also get a lot of referrals from other companies that don't work on specific brands and such after meeting them there.

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2013, 06:50:30 PM »
Rego,  I'm thinking about going also.   Meeting is at Downtown Cleveland Holiday inn.   Oct 2-3 or something like that.    Old stove,  what do they try to cover in the meeting.   They said its whirlpool, electrolux.  and second day bosch and Service manager seminar (I will skip that).   Thing is,  I'm beyond busy right now,  we just had major flooding in my area and I'll be backed up for a month.   Hopefully it slows down by October. 
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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2013, 07:05:17 PM »
First year was GE refrigerators and was very helpful. The Whirlpool (first and last year) is a training on new washers mostly and refrigeration. They cover a lot depending on time. Last year we went over the VMW ,front loads, ranges and problems occurring and a basic overall for newby's on the VMW. Great talk time for questions on other machines. Frigidare backed out at the last minute and we had Dacor, not enough of them around to use the information but still informative. Bosch was informative but I won't touch them, pull a machine to diagnose? The newer Bosch looked encouraging. The Service manager class is basically an office management and how to make more money, ads and how to use them. Wife went to that but like our way better. Went into Blue Book use and why and I am finally going to give it a try. Showed cost of doing business and how to set rates.

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2013, 02:46:16 AM »
Thanks,  Old stove.   I'm going to go.   Hey,  I agree with Bosch.   I'll do something simple,  but the ridiculous fact that I have to pull the dishwasher and re-install to test is not worth my time.   Their washers and dryers are also ridiculous,  and I don't work on them.  I'll probably skip the Bosch part and work.     Based on recent experience,  I'm also giving up on Samsung refrigerators.     Too much trouble.   I'll give it a shot though.    I've been to 10 GE refrigerator classes and those were very helpful.    My one question --- do you get to ask the trainers many questions?   or is it pretty scripted.   I agree with talking to other techs -  often more helpful than classes.   
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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2013, 09:37:09 AM »
Depends on class time,Last year we had a lot of extra time and got quite a few questions answered. But the year before very cryptic and response was call tech assist. Techs in class had better answers most of the time as they knew shortcuts and such,I don't care how I get an answer as long as I get a good one. Like on this site.

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2013, 05:49:41 PM »
Wish I could make it to something like that. Would be great if any of you guys that do go could help spread the word about our site.

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2013, 08:53:17 PM »
I do but don't know if they follow thru.

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2013, 09:33:21 PM »
Thank you!

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Re: Thinking about United Services Association
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2013, 06:29:40 AM »
I'll spread the word.   More help on this sight,  the better.     
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