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CAWA has retained Gary Conover as their California legislative advocate and are “pleased to have engaged him effective July 1, 2013,” according to CAWA President & CEO, Rodney Pierini.
Conover will join the legislative team and ensure CAWA’s continued presence and effectiveness in the government affairs process out west as the industry’s first line of defense. Pierini said, “Gary’s experience in the legislative and regulatory processes of the State will be very valuable to CAWA and will serve us well into the future.”
Conover has been legislative advocate for the Western United Dairymen for a number of years and has dealt with regulatory agencies , such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and other State agencies that regulate business. Well known to legislators and regulators “He carriers an impeccable reputation at the Capitol and with the regulatory agencies,” Pierini noted. He also has a keen understanding of the automotive aftermarket industry through his relationship with the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA).
Conover will be formally introduced to CAWA’s leadership at their meetings in September in San Diego.
Fix Auto recently announced the consolidation of their Orange County and San Diego administrative offices into a new San Diego-based headquarters. The move is a response to Fix Auto’s recent growth, as the new state-of-the-art facility will allow Fix Auto to best serve their growing membership through improved organizational efficiencies.
Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law allowing Google’s self-driving vehicles to operate in California.
Now, Sacramento officials are working to come up with a whole new set of rules of the road, the Sacramento Bee recently reported. Several questions need to be addressed: Will blind people be allowed to operate a self-driving car? Can kids drive themselves to soccer practice? Can the vehicles handle all types of weather? And, who is at fault when a robotic car crashes?
The Department of Motor Vehicles is tackling these and other issues in the latest scramble to keep up with technological advances.
To view a pdf file of this article with photos, click HERE.
Combining his seemingly limitless knowledge of the collision game and his commitment to making it a better industry, Michael Anderson from CollisionAdvice.com gives a spirited, high-energy presentation that is more revival than keynote speech. By intertwining useful statistics with his sage projections on the future of the body shop business, Anderson talks quickly and moves like a skilled boxer. To find out that he was actually a highly-regarded amateur boxer isn’t a shocker. In fact, if he hadn’t lost to the eventual gold medal winner Pernell Whitaker, Anderson would have represented the United States in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
On May 22, Anderson spoke to the members of the Santa Clara chapter of the California Autobody Association (SC-CAA) in San Jose, CA.
If there was an amusement park for the collision industry, there would undoubtedly be a ride called The Mike Anderson Experience, featuring one of the fastest roller coasters in the world. His talk moves quickly and covers almost every aspect of the collision business, so note takers are in trouble, unless they know shorthand. (I brought a tape recorder). With a Powerpoint presentation consisting of almost 200 slides, it’s full of information that Anderson has compiled over the years.
To view a pdf file of this article with photos, click HERE.
Through benevolence programs and other efforts, the collision industry in the Bay Area is well known for giving cars to people that need and deserve them. In this scenario, an auto tech school gave a vehicle to one of its students, which allowed him to land a job at a body shop. It’s a story of turning your life around and overcoming all obstacles in your way.
William White grew up on the tough south side of Richmond, CA, where on some days shootings are more common than car accidents. Because his parents weren’t in his life, other family members raised him instead. He dropped out of high school and worked a series of low-paying jobs with no future. White wanted a better life for himself, so he started attending classes at Contra Costa College (CCC) in San Pablo, CA, and enrolled in the school’s collision repair program.
CAWA Chair of the Board, Ed Jimenez, has appointed Rudy Ruiz of ADVICS North America, Inc. to CAWA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC).
Ruiz started with Bendix Brakes in 1985 in Chicago. He continued under parent Allied Signal for 15 years and ended up in Dallas, TX, in the Heavy Duty Air Brake Division. He was an operations manager for repair shops in Arizona then came back to Dallas and worked for another air brake company called MGM as the South Central Fleet Manager. Ruiz worked for Akebono for two years until his employment with ADVICS-NA as the Western Regional Manager.
“We are pleased to welcome Ruiz to the CAWA leadership and look forward to his participation and contributions to the automotive aftermarket industry out west,” said Jimenez. “We are pleased he has stepped forward to give something back to our industry, through his commitment to CAWA.”
Ruiz will join the MAC in September and serve on the Association’s Membership and Education Committee.
Collision Repair Experts (CRX), a division of Fix Auto USA, recently announced additional dates and locations for its popular “Are You an Expert?” symposium series.
The “Are You an Expert?” symposium series will travel to Portland, OR, on July 16, Orange County and Los Angeles area in California on July 18 and San Diego, CA, on August 8.
The Los Angeles chapter of the California Autobody Association will meet June 19 at Nick Alexander Los Angeles Imports, 6000 Alameda St. in Huntington Park.
The meeting will showcase the new BMW i3 technology. Guest speaker Tom Brizuela of BMW North America will introduce and review the new BMW i3 platform that features carbon and aluminum composite technology. The meeting will include an actual cutaway view of the BMW i3 platform to review the repair methodology crash worthiness of its new generation platform.
Tom Brizuela is the body and paint technical team leader for BMW North America.
Meeting includes cocktails, dinner and a preview of the brand new state-of-the-art collision center at Nick Alexander Los Angeles Imports. Meeting begins at 6:30. Cost is $45 for members or $100 for non members.
Five men indicted two years ago on insurance fraud, grand theft and forgery charges will be sentenced in July after the final two entered guilty pleas
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A 17-year-old high school senior was killed when a hydraulic lift failed while he worked on a truck at O&V Transport in Northeas Portland.
Toby Chess and friends will host a trade show and training for southern California shops at the Sheraton of Cerritos on June 26. The trade show is set for 2-6 p.m. and the OEM training sessions will be held from 7-9 p.m.
Guest speakers include:
BMW, AUDI, PORSCHE, TOYOTA Guest speakers
Tom Brizuela, National Trainer for BMW
Joe DiDonato, National Trainer for Toyota
Ken Boylan, International Trainer
Mark Allen, Collision Director for Audi of North America
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Vendors showcase their new products and services
Shops will learn how to develop your business
Training Advance Vehicle Technology repair procedures
Mingle with other LOCAL shops and business leaders
Who’s going: Single owned shops, MSOs, Consolidators, Franchises, Insurance field appraisers
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