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BrandSource, PSA Form Partnership

6/30/2011 02:04:12 PM Eastern
Anaheim, Calif. - BrandSource's services arm and the Professional Service Association (PSA) have formed a new partnership that will enable their members to share in a wide assortment of programs and benefits.

The shared offerings include standards-based technical training and certification for the buying group's servicing dealers, and insurance programs for PSA.

BrandSource Service provides a large portfolio of business services including referrals, extended-service policies, and insurance to help members operate a successful service business. "BrandSource is committed to thinking outside of the box and finding new ways to bring enhanced membership options and privileges to its members," said BrandSource CEO Bob Lawrence. "The collaboration between PSA and BrandSource is a very positive step in that direction."

Formed in 1989, PSA provides educational training for the appliance service industry and collaborates with top vocational and trade schools to help prepare graduates for a career in the appliance service field. It said it also offers the only internationally accredited certification program for appliance service technicians.

PSA also offers a variety of tools to help owners or managers operate their service businesses, including its cost of doing business (CODB) flat-rate service labor price book, an online forum for mutual assistance in everyday problems facing the independent servicer, and a massive service library available to members on flash drive or CD.

The organization also hosts an annual convention where attendees have the opportunity to address industry issues, improve management skills and expand their technical knowledge.

"PSA is very excited about this new relationship, and we look forward to the mutual rewards, offerings and benefits for members of both associations through this collaboration," said PSA president Don Holman.

 
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