We Proudly Recommend the Following Companies and Services.
The mission of the Tennessee Automotive Association Service Company (TAASC) is to search out, identify and recommend firms whose value-added products and services benefit TAA members. TAASC’s focus is to meet individual TAA member needs, provide competitive pricing and support your association.
It is likewise important for members to conduct independent research on companies with whom they are considering doing business. If a company indicates it has a relationship with TAA, pick up the phone and call us to verify that the information is correct, request business references, contact fellow dealers and, most importantly, follow the old adage – it if sounds too good to be true – it probably is!
Listed below are the programs, products and services which TAA and TAASC provide and/or recommend to our valued members.
• Legislative Representation: TAA members have a strong voice in Tennessee state government; their interests are continuously being promoted and protected.
• Association Staff: Your association staff works full-time for your benefit. . . assistance is as near as your telephone, email, fax machine or mailbox.
• TAA Bulletins: Confidential bulletins are sent to TAA members which contain advisories to help dealers’ compliance efforts and to improve their sales and service. Widely recognized as one of the best in the country.
• Dealer Legal Defense Fund: Since 1997, TAA has expended over $1.3 million in defense of our members’ interests.
• Annual Convention: Designed to offer new business contacts, education, entertainment, and a fresh perspective on your dealership. Our 2018 event will be a Tri-State (Tennessee/Alabama/Mississippi) Convention held at The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Destin, FL, on June 24-27, 2018.
• Regional Meetings: The TAA chairman and president hold meetings across the state during the fall in order to fully apprise the membership of the issues that face our industry. Just as important, members take this opportunity to inform TAA of their concerns one on one.
TAA Worker’s Compensation Trust: TAASIT was established effective January 1, 1991, for Tennessee franchised dealers to self-fund workers’ compensation coverage. The program offers substantial discounts, interest-free monthly premium payments based on actual payrolls and return of surplus premium, subject to state approval, to those participants who have favorable loss experience. All participants share in the investment income. TAASIT has returned more than $28.5 million to its members. For more information, contact TAA Headquarters 615-269-3433 or Brentwood Services, our third-party administrator, at 615-263-1300 or toll-free at (800) 524-0604 or visit http://www.taasit.com/.
Supplemental Insurance: American Fidelity Assurance Company offers Disability Income Insurance, Life Insurance, Cancer Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts and Section 125 Plans. For more information, contact (800) 654-8489 or visit www.americanfidelity.com.
Business Forms: Marketed by Reynolds & Reynolds Forms Division. Designed to stay abreast of statutory changes and accompanied by excellent follow-up service. Reynolds & Reynolds may be contacted by calling 1-800-344-0996 or visit www.reyrey.com/solutions/document_solutions/business_office/reysource.asp.
Drug-Free Workplace Training & Testing: Premier Drug Compliance, LLC, Cookeville, Tenn., assists TAA members in establishing and conducting a “qualified” Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program at a discounted cost. Enables participating entities to receive a 5% premium reduction for workers’ compensation coverage. Long term, it can significantly impact your company’s experience modification factor which will also directly benefit your workers’ compensation premium costs. For immediate assistance or to learn more, contact Chip Lewis, at (931) 432-8378.
Long-Term Care Insurance: Marketed by Ed Owens, Southeastern Benefit Designs, Knoxville, Tenn. Coverage through MedAmerica and Group Insurance Services, Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee. Long-term care is very expensive – about $60,000 a year in Tennessee – and projected to triple in 20 years. TAASC’s endorsed plan offers its participants a monthly cash benefit when you need care and a special pricing for TAA members and their immediate and extended family members over 18, including spouses, adult children, parents, siblings, grandparents and in-laws. For more information, call Ed Owens at (800) 424-9543.
Credit Card Processing: TSYS Merchant Processing offers credit and debit card processing. Funds are electronically deposited in your local bank account. Low monthly maintenance fee, the ability to earn interest on your credit card deposits and a variety of check services. For information, contact Carrie Daniels (615) 648-3660 or visit tsysmerchantsolutions.com/assoc.
Property & Casualty Insurance: Federated Mutual is TAASC’s endorsed provider for property and casualty insurance products. Federated may be contacted by calling J.T. Booth at (615) 648-9418 or visit www.federatedinsurance.com.
F&I Products and Training: American Financial & Automotive Services’ proven status as a market leader is based on the ideal that the innovative products and services provided to dealerships are backed and insured by the industry’s strongest carriers. Whether taking advantage of in-dealership training, workshops, or courses located at the corporate headquarters, the Automotive Training Academy (ATA) utilizes a hands-on method to increase profitability in all areas of the dealership. For more information, please call John Absher at (770) 331-7716 or visit www.afasinc.com.
Human Resource Services: SESCO Management provides professional human resource consulting services to small and medium-size clients throughout the country. Services include development of employee handbooks and policy manuals, compensation administration, management and leadership training and development, organizational development, federal and state employment law compliance. For more information, contact Bill Ford at (423) 764-4127 or visit www.sescomgt.com.
All-in-One Labor Law Poster: The Federal Wage and Labor Law Institute offers TAA members with a simple, effective and inexpensive way to keep all of your locations compliant with ever-changing federal and state workplace posting requirements. The special TAA member price is $38.95 which includes a Tennessee Specific All- In-One Laminated Bilingual Kit. To place an order or for additional information, please call Ms. Pat Smith at 1-800-767-9243 Ext. 170 or visit them online at https://www.fwlli.com/taa.
Highland Capital Management, LLC: Highland Capital Management offers 401(k) investor-managed accounts utilizing Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in custom proprietary risked-based models. Their eight diversified ETF Models cover the entire risk parameters from ultraconservative to ultra-aggressive as well as being low-cost. Highland Capital Management is a Memphis-based investment advisory firm specializing in managing equity and fixed-income portfolios. Since 1987, Highland has served clients in the private, corporate and public sectors with a proven investment process and solid long-term performance. Highland manages $2.9 billion as of 11/30/2017. Highland Capital has served as TAASIT’s Investment Advisors since 1994. For more information, contact David Thompson at (901) 328-1228 or visit Highland Capital Management online at www.highlandcap.com.
Spot Delivery is a concise, easy-to-read, monthly legal update that you can depend on to provide timely answers to legal questions you face every day. This newsletter addresses complex legal issues from an industry perspective; it also keeps you informed on new legal developments affecting your business. TAA members receive a 40%+ discount for an annual subscription. For more information or to subscribe today, contact Marlene Locke at 410.865.5420 or simply subscribe online at https://www.counselorlibrary.com/taa/.
The federal Affordable Care Act and regulatory compliance today can be the source of great concern and frustration for car & truck dealers. OneDigital Health and Benefits has a dedicated team including attorneys and policy advisors focused solely on analyzing and interpreting benefit regulations to provide advice and action steps needed to meet regulatory responsibilities. For more information, contact Larry Scheetz by calling (865) 246-2959, email email@example.com or visit them online at https://www.onedigital.com.
AutoAp, Inc. helps motor vehicle retailers make better business decisions at vehicle acquisition; reduce safety recall liability with daily inventory monitoring; and profit from net-new service revenue discovered in their sold-customer vehicles. Dealerships can also print comprehensive consumer disclosure statements in support of their compliance efforts with the upcoming Tennessee Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Law. Recognized by Automotive News in 2016 for safety recall management best practices, more dealers trust AutoAp over any other safety recall management source. To learn how AutoAp’s industry leading recall management solutions can help your dealership, visit http://www.autoap.com or call or email Mark Paul, CEO, directly at (503) 951-6151, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and/or set up a demonstration.
Telecommunications: Americomm is the Southeast’s leading voice, data and cloud provider. Since 1992, Americomm has helped businesses across the nation simplify the overallcomplexity related to voice services, internet connectivity, equipment purchases and the most recent transition to the cloud. Americomm represents over 100 providers and suppliers, which allows them to work on behalf of our members, not the carriers, to truly find the best fit for the specific needs of our industry one TAA member at a time. Contact Jason Zachary at Americomm by phone at 865-583-0704 or by email at email@example.com, to find out more about Americomm’s unique benefits and discounts only available to TAA Members.
rEnergy Solutions has received TAASC’s exclusive endorsement to assist all TAA members with their LED Lighting and Energy Saving needs. Whether retrofit or new construction, rEnergy Solutions will provide a designed, engineered, automated, energy saving and cost-effective LED Lighting (Exterior & Interior) Solution for any TAA member looking to upgrade their current dealership lighting. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Heath Reece at (404) 693-7333 or Ross Long at (404) 580-6320.