Stacey Phillips

IMG 1006 copy Stacey Phillips is a freelance writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has 20 years of experience as an editor including writing in a number of businesses and fields. She can be reached at sphillips.autobodynews@gmail.com. 

With Baby Boomers retiring and a critical shortage of technicians, it is becoming more important than ever to fill the employment gap.

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(From left) Javier Valencia, a campus admissions representative from UTI, with James Lobaton, Alan Aldana and Jorge Grajeda

 

The headquarters at Pro Spot International in Carlsbad, CA, was busier than usual in March when the company hosted a Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) career fair.

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The reception/showroom area has various memorabilia items on display such as vintage gas pumps, air meters, juke boxes, die cast collectible tractors and cars, and neon signs

 

When Warren Storm built his dream body shop in South Dakota in 2009, he bought a canopy from a Casey’s gas station that had closed. 

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Collision repair students across the country will soon have the opportunity to sign up and take I-CAR classes at a technical school or college in their local area.


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There are more than 52 employees at the award-winning collision center


Lexus Toyota Carlsbad Collision Center in greater San Diego recently received the prestigious Lexus, Toyota certified shop of the year award.

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George Avery, former State Farm executive

Are customers driving the DRP?

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Randy Sattler, manager of Rydell Collision Center in North Dakota

 

Fourteen and a half years ago, Randy Sattler came to work at Rydell GM Auto Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Camille Eber, owner of Fix Auto Portland East and Fix Auto Gladstone in Oregon.

 

Camille Eber began working at her parent’s Oregon body shop, Roth & Miller Autobody, in 1986.

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Weaver's Auto Center in Shawnee, Kansas.


When Tony Adams was in high school, he began working at Weaver’s Auto Center, where his dad was a technician.

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Kurt Lammon, president of Polyvance, said there are many benefits of plastic repair.

 

Faster cycle times, fewer total losses and shorter length of rentals. These are just some of the many benefits of plastic repair that Kurt Lammon, president of Polyvance, talked about during a recent Guild 21 webinar.

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