I-CAR will host the 2010 I-CAR Industry Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. The event will be held on July 21 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
This year’s event will coincide with several other industry meetings being held during the same week. I-CAR will introduce details of the new curriculum model that has been developed over the last two years based on inter-industry feedback. I-CAR has focused on clearly defining industry roles, identifying the knowledge and skills needed to be effective in each role, and developing a training and recognition structure that aligns with the direction of the industry.
The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) has signed an agreement to co-locate with Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) 2010, bringing the number of events held under the ASRW umbrella to four. In addition to the ASCCA event, ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), and Auto Glass Week, which makes it the industry's leading event for true professionals to conduct business, network and engage in industry issues. ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010. 11:00am-12:00pm, PST
Anaheim, CA, June 11, 2010: Fix Auto USA has announced that it will open its members’ only monthly webcast “FixCast” to the industry this month only. Host Paul Gange, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fix Auto USA will welcome David McClune, Executive Director of the California Autobody Association and Erick Bickett, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fix Auto USA.
They will discuss what has happened, so far, on the recent actions taken by the Orange County California District Attorney, and the lessons learned from other sting operations.
“FixCast is a members-only communication forum for Fix,” said Gange. “However, we believe that the content of our discussion this month will help our industry as a whole and we encourage repairers and insurers alike to join the call. We hope to use this as an opportunity to learn from the recent actions in Orange County, reinforce our code of ethics and remind our members and industry peers of the laws and regulations that govern our actions every day.”
2010 Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) will host an official Industry Forum to discuss timely industry issues, followed by a networking reception Sunday, Oct. 10, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The forum and reception will conclude the first day of education at ASRW 2010, featuring the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) events taking place Oct. 10-13, 2010.
Designed as a professional venue to discuss relevant, thought-provoking topics, attendees of the industry forum can expect compelling, current - and even controversial - issues that transcend the industry.
The ASRW Industry Forum will feature two concurrent 45-minute sessions, one for the mechanical industry and one pertaining to collision repair; a 30-minute break; two additional concurrent sessions (one each for the mechanical and collision repair industries); and will conclude with an hour-long networking reception and mixer. Tickets for the ASRW Industry Forum will be available later this week when attendee registration opens online and can be purchased for $40 through Aug. 17; $50 after.
Sponsors of this new forum are: the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the Women's Industry Network (WIN), the National Auto Body Council (NABC), the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and the I-CAR Education Foundation.
Accelerated Paint & Body, 21714 Interstate 45 North, received the Winner of Distinction Award at the Better Business Bureau 2010 Awards for Excellence luncheon held Wednesday, May 5 at the InterContinental Houston near the Galleria. This was the first time Accelerated Paint & Body was eligible for the award after joining the BBB in 2009 and receiving a Gold Star Certificate from the BBB for maintaining a rating of A- or better in 2009.
The BBB Awards for Excellence recognizes businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to overall excellence and quality in the workplace. Proceeds from the event help fund the BBB Education Foundation which educates consumers about scams and fraudulent business practices in the Greater Houston area.
When asked what it means to Accelerated Paint & Body to receive this recognition, Guy Ray, Co-owner and General Manager of Accelerated Paint & Body, states “We work hard to provide top notch personalized service to our customers and clients and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”
California Congresswoman Jackie Speier has been the Collision Repair Industry's staunchest advocate for years.
She's assisted in the fight against steering, paint capping and faulty aftermarket parts.
Please help her get re-elected to Congress this November.
Join us at a fundraising dinner in her honor in San Francisco.
The event takes place in July.
Nearly 100 students applied for a Craftsman tool grant through the I-CAR Education Foundation this spring, a record number of applicants for a foundation grant and/or scholarship.
Out of the student applicants, 17 were selected to receive a set of Craftsman tools valued at $575 each. The donated tool kits included a 268 piece Mechanic Tool Set with Lift-Top Lid Case plus Microtork Torque Wrench, a Craftsman 20 piece Super-Duty Punch and Chisel Set, and a Craftsman seven-piece Fiberglass Handle Body and Fender Repair Tool Set.
The "Winning the Keys" workshop focuses on three areas that are of critical importance to a successful collision center:
Top collision centers are faced with fewer repair opportunities, increasing performance demands, and higher operating costs. “Winning the Keys” is more than a slogan, it is a mindset that must be adopted to succeed in these difficult economic times.
The "Winning the Keys" workshop focuses on three areas that are of critical importance to a successful collision center:• Customer Service • Selling Skills • Estimating
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Six industry leaders were honored at the eleventh annual Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry awards program held at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.
Left to right in the photo are:
Marcy Tieger, Irvine, California; Kimberly Hicks, Highland Park, Michigan; Janet Chaney, Stevensville, Montana; Linda Sommerhauser, Kansas City, Missouri; Erica Eversman, Bath, Ohio; and Beth Meckel, Glen Burnie, Maryland.
The awards ceremony marked the eleventh anniversary of the Most Influential Women in Collision Repair. “In the spirit of sustainability, AkzoNobel is proud to honor an exceptional group of leaders who are working for the betterment of our industry and our global communities and to provide opportunities for future leaders through the I-CAR Education Scholarship Fund,” said AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas Director of Marketing, Tim Loden.
Meet Mike Anderson, until recently the owner of Wagonwork Collision Centers, two shops located in Alexandria, Virginia. His technical staff is ASE-certified. Mikes serves on the Mitchell and Motor Advisory Boards, and the ASE test review committee. Mike is the past Director of the ASA Collision Operations Division. Mike is active in the industry as a member of WMABA, CIC, SCRS, CAPA and the National Auto Body Council and serves as a Skills USA/VICA Contest Chairman. Mike's received the NABC’s exclusive PRIDE Award for service to mankind above and beyond his business and the city of Alexandria, Virginia's "Heart of the Community Award." As a leading shop owner and an automotive management expert, Mike Anderson is also a featured seminar presenter on numerous topics such as "Profitable Estimating– Educate… Not Alienate" (AMI-approved), "Developing SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures)- Disassembly and Reassembly", "Employee Recruitment-Retention-Reviews", Mike Anderson has presented to groups across the country, including Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, Canada and Mexico. Participants in Mike Anderson’s seminars consistently rate them as exceeding their expectations and highly recommend his seminars to others, providing CSI results any automotive repair shop would be proud of.
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