Industry Events (366)
Mentors at Work, LLC, presented the first ever Mentor of the Year Award to J.C. Baccus, a 25-year industry veteran employed by Caliber Collision Centers in Chino, California. The award was presented at the Collision Industry Night of Achievement, November 2, during Industry Week in Las Vegas.
Each year Automotive Service Association (ASA) members are surveyed about all aspects of their businesses. This year’s collision survey was sent to 1,000 randomly-selected collision repairers. The survey provides a detailed picture of the independent automotive repair industry.
The survey covers the independent collision repair sector with regard to business profile, business ownership, staff, current sales and expectations for the upcoming year, advertising and marketing, customers and the impact of various industry issues.
Ford Motor Company's first 100 dealers participating in the Certified Collision Repair Network (CCRN) stand ready to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction and quality collision repair.
The Arizona Collision Craftsman's Association (ACCA) ended the year on a high note. The December 15 association meeting, held at the Four Pointes Sheraton in Phoenix, was a Christmas Party and silent auction. The auction raised about $4,000 and the proceeds were used to purchase phone cards for the Arizona National Guardsmen and Arizona Reservists who are serving in Iraq.
Two of the country's largest suppliers of re-manufactured alloy wheels say they support the development of industry standards for such wheels. Speaking at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in November, Roger McClellan, vice president of sales and marketing for Transwheel Corp., said his company believes such standards are an "effective way to promote the industry and ensure the safety and satisfaction of consumers."
Moving NACE to Las Vegas during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week was a big gamble. NACE profits provide much of the annual operating funds for the Automotive Services Association (ASA) and represent a big chunk of change to the show management company, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. The convention center at Mandalay Bay is more expensive than former NACE venues such as Dallas, Orlando and Atlanta, and at the time the decision was made to move NACE to Las Vegas, the major paint companies had all quit the show, with no assurance they would return to Las Vegas.
The National Auto Body Association (NABC) has succeeded in raising the $50,000 needed to send two competitors to the WorldSkills event in Helsinki, Finland, announced Teresa Bolton, chairman of the fundraising effort.
Geralynn Kottschade, AAM, co-owner of Jerry's Body Shop, Mankato, Minnesota, has been named chairman of the 2005 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). Kottschade is the first woman to chair NACE and brings 22 years of collision repair experience to the position.
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will host the 2005 National Industry Issues Forum (NIIF) in conjunction with the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). The event is scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at the Westin Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition, the SCRS Annual Meeting/Awards Luncheon and "Accepting the Challenge" (a fun-filled event pitting the industry's most knowledgeable professionals against each other in a battle of wits over meaningless topics) will complete the schedule of events.