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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.
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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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ANNEX GROUP CARSTAR DUPONT INFRATECH PROSPOT SAPREX
ASE MODULES CELETTE ENTERPRISE KENT RELIABLE AUTOMOTIVE STEAMERICAS
AKZONOBEL CHIEF FINISH MASTER LKQ RELY-ON UPARTS
ALLDATA COMPLETE PLUS FIX USA LORD FUSOR SATA SPRAY EQUIPMENT USC CHEMICALS
AUDATEX CRASHTOOLS GOLIATH CARTS MATRIX WAND SIMS WELDING VERIFACTS
AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT SOLUTIONS D’ANGELOS HERTZ MITCHELL SINGLE SOURCE PACIFIC EQUIPMENT
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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Registration is open for the Automotive Service Association of Arizona’s Sunrise 2013—Automotive Training Expo & Convention. Packed with peer networking opportunities, educational sessions, golf and other fun activities, Sunrise 2013 will be held July 19-21 in Prescott, AZ. This annual event is open to members and nonmembers.
“Doing things the same way over and over is a recipe for failure in this constantly changing business environment,” said ASA member Mike Gabrielson of Simmons 4x4 Auto Service Center in Tucson, AZ. “Talking with others in the business—who are facing the same problems we are facing, and learning how they overcame those challenges—has allowed our business to continue to grow.”
Marco’s Collision Centers, a MSO based in southern California, recently announced that its Pasadena location is now a Mercedes ELITE Certified Collision Center. This certification is required to complete aluminum structural repair on Mercedes SLS and SL models, as well as future Mercedes C and E Class. There are only eight ELITE shops in the U.S., and Marco’s is one of only two in California. Marco’s also received VeriFacts Automotive’s ACE “Commitment to Consumers” award.
The California Autobody Association chapter of Glendale/Foothill will host guest speaker Cory King on June 13 at 6 p.m.
King, a partner with Fine, Boggs & Perkins LLP, will give a wage and hour compliance update, based on a recent court ruling that has changed the way to pay commission to employees.
Also speaking is Brian Ekstrand from Alldata, who will give a presentation about their new estimating compliance software and other new products.
The CAA chapter will meet at Brookside Country Club, 1133 Rosemont Dr., in Pasadena. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:45. Cost for members is $40 and $150 for non members.
The meeting will also include a fundraiser for CAA President Linda Holcomb who is battling breast cancer.