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  • 2024 Collision Training Expo Has Something for Everyone on Repair Shop Staff

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    The event, now in its second year, offers educational opportunities for managers, owners, estimators and technicians.

  • Bryan Riske Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    Bryan Riske Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedJuly 14, 2023

    Bryan Riske of First Brands Group has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council. 

    “I am pleased to announce that Bryan is joining the CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council representing First Brands Group," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "I look forward to his participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Riske started his career in the aftermarket in 2016. He spent a significant amount of time in the tire industry, including working for Bridgestone Retail Operationsand Belle Tire Distributors. Currently, he is senior director of sales for the First Brands Group. 

    He graduated from Kendall College with a degree in business administration. Riske lives in Wentzville, MO, with his wife and three girls.

    Source: CAWA

  • CAA Capitol Chapter Meeting Features BAR Presentation

    CAA Capitol Chapter Meeting Features BAR Presentation

    PublishedJan. 31, 2023

    The CAACapitol chapter held a successful meeting Jan. 10 in Sacramento, CA, featuring a presentation from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR.)

    With many auto body shop owners, managers and employees in attendance, the topic of storage was discussed.

    During the Q&A many issues were addressed such as when a shop can begin charging storage fees, what is considered a “reasonable” storage fee, how and when a lien arises and more.

    A copy of the presentation given by Matt Gibson of the BAR can be found here.

    Source: CAA

  • CAA Glendale/Foothill Chapter Introduces President Andrew Batenhorst, Discusses SCRS Blend Study

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    The meeting brought together the collision repair industry in the region for education and networking.

  • CAA Glendale/Foothill Chapter Meeting Focuses on SCRS Blend Study, Networking

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    Members of the Glendale/Foothill chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) recently came together at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills, CA, to network, learn from one another and hear about topical issues impacting the collision industry.

    Part of the June 20 event included a presentation from Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). Schulenburg shared insight on the SCRS Blend Study Report: A comparative analysis between full refinish and blend operations.

    The event was supported by Annex Automotive & Industrial Finishes and 19 Industries Collision Repair Equipment.

    More than 90 people were in attendance, representing 35 different collision centers, as well as vendors and other collision repair professionals.

    Similar to other CAA chapters, Glendale/Foothill periodically holds board meetings where attendees discuss potential topics and the state of the industry.

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    More than 90 people attended the CAA event June 20, representing 35 different collision centers, as well as vendors and other collision repair professionals.

    During a May board meeting, CAA Glendale/Foothill Chapter President Juan Martinez suggested inviting Schulenburg to discuss the SCRS blend study since it was becoming a hot topic industrywide.

    “Following the decision to invite Aaron, CCC changed their position due to the blend study, which ignited a lot of buzz,” said Martinez. “The timing was right.”

    “The CAA saw importance in the topic and wanted to make sure their members had exposure to the newest information on the topic,” said Schulenburg. “Exposure to the details of the project, the results and ultimately, the developing responses from the information providers is important to collision repair professionals all over the industry.”

    Schulenburg said there has been a lot of interest in the specifics of what SCRS performed and what the ongoing conversations have looked like.

    “Many collision repair businesses are actively evaluating how they address their own practices and reflect them in their repair plans,” explained Schulenburg. “The presentation is designed to help gain a better understanding.”

    He said no one needs to feel alone in this industry.

    “There are a lot of organizations working to improve the industry, and it’s made possible through direct involvement,” Schulenburg noted. “Being a part of the association---locally and nationally---is being a part of a larger voice, a more recognizable community. So many of the initiatives we are involved with in the industry are made possible by reinvesting our members’ dollars back into industry resources that benefit repairs.”

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    Cindy Shillito, left, CAA Southern California representative for the Glendale/Foothill, San Diego and Los Angeles/Orange County chapters, and Chuck Bistagne, right, treasurer of the Glendale/Foothill chapter and past chapter and state president.

    Chuck Bistagne, treasurer of the Glendale/Foothill chapter and past chapter and state president, said he was impressed by the presentation.

    “It was great to see so many shops in attendance,” said Bistagne. “Aaron did a great job presenting the research and showing it in a way that was not biased towards shops or paint manufacturers. It was done in a way that we can explain to the insurance companies why there is such a drastic change in labor times.”

    One of the benefits of belonging to an association like CAA, according to Bistagne, is the networking aspect of the meetings and sharing ideas with other shop owners and vendors.

    "The CAA and its chapters are always looking to host meetings on the topics most relevant to body shops in California,” said CAA Executive Director Rick Johnson. “Chapter meetings are a great opportunity for shop owners and employees to be kept up to date on the issues that most affect our industry.”

    For more than 50 years, the CAA has represented auto body shops and their interests and is currently the only association dedicated to protecting and advocating on behalf of the collision repair industry in California, according to Cindy Shillito, CAA Southern California representative for the Glendale/Foothill, San Diego and Los Angeles/Orange County chapters, and the meeting coordinator.

    CAA’s chapters are comprised of individual and independent businesses in the collision repair industry. The organization’s mission is to enable the auto body industry to survive and prosper by helping members produce a quality repair for the consumer at a fair price for a fair profit.

    Jay Flores, owner of Tony’s Body Shop in Oxnard, CA, said being part of CAA has many benefits, including education and providing resources.

    “When we have a CAA meeting, it always has a lot of substance and what we learn can be used in our businesses,” said Flores. “I like to attend the meetings because I come back educated and ready to continue the journey of being in business in the body shop industry.”

    Flores encourages other shop owners and managers to get involved in their local association. “People will complain about our industry, yet they won't get up out of their chair and go attend a meeting and get educated,” he said. “By yourself, the ocean can come and sweep you away, but as a group, we stand a chance.”


    Scott Hillery, owner of Auto Park Collision in Escondido, CA, said it’s tough growing alone in Southern California and associations like CAA and SCRS help keep shops informed about what matters in their businesses.

    “Being active in CAA gives me different perspectives on running my business,” said Hillery. “My fellow owners want to improve the industry while making a profit and we tend to share best practices when asked.”

    “Our collision repair industry continues to change at a rapid pace and understanding the impact that these changes have on our businesses is critical,” said Daniel Panduro, director of operations for CARSTAR Sun Valley in Sun Valley, CA.

    Panduro said being associated with local and regional associations is one way shop owners and managers can educate themselves proactively instead of being forced to react to issues that affect their teams and families.

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    Jay Flores, left, Tony’s Auto Body, and Anthony Guinn, right, Elite Body Shop Solutions.

    “It’s our responsibility as leaders in our businesses and industry to be the driving force of change so that the effects of it positively impact what we do and who we are, rather than simply wait for things to happen to us,” said Panduro. “As our friend and mentor Mike Anderson of Collision Advice often says, ‘Be the wind that blows that flag in the direction that you want it to go and not the flag that sits idle waiting for the wind to blow it in a certain direction.’”

    Martinez said future plans include hosting meetings that are important to the industry. “Most of us are ‘in the saddle’ and see firsthand the issues plaguing our industry,” he said. “The CAA is an excellent resource for the latest issues, and they provide value by fighting for us little people. Whether it be legislative issues or value items like access to the labor rate surveys, the CAA is always at the forefront.”

    To download the Blend Study Report: A comparative analysis between full refinish and blend operations, visit www.scrs.com/blendstudy.

    For more information about CAA, email info@calautobody.com or call 916-557-8100 ext. 1.

  • CAA Meeting Focuses on Inflation’s Impact on the Collision Ecosystem

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    Members of the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) recently met in Seal Beach, CA, to network, learn from one another and hear up-to-date industry information.
      
    Part of the Sept. 20 event included a presentation from Tim Ronak, senior services business consultant for AkzoNobel, focused on inflation and its impact on the collision ecosystem.

    “Tim spoke about the challenges in the economy and our industry that influence what we are charging our customers,” said CAA President Melanie Allan, vice president of Craftsman Collision USA. “As shop owners and managers, we need to take information like this into consideration when running our businesses so we can stay viable and competitive in what will be an interesting next couple of years.”

    Allan said shops are experiencing increases in operational costs like never before and can’t wait until it’s too late to take action. 

    “We’ve survived the past two years through COVID and crazy inflation,” she said. “We’ll survive the next years as long as we are armed with knowledge.”

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    CAA President Melanie Allan, second from left, vice president of Craftsman Collision USA, is pictured with Shane Anondson, far left, Tom Lopez and Lucia Guevara from BASF.

    CAA is comprised of individual and independent businesses in the collision repair industry. Its mission is to enable the auto body industry to survive and prosper by helping members produce a quality repair for the consumer at a fair price for a fair profit.

    “Today, the collision industry is facing unprecedented technological evolution,” said Ronak. “Repairers need to have a single voice as they look for training and insight that helps them in their businesses.”

    Ronak said association involvement allows individual businesses to band together to have a larger voice and a bigger presence in the industry. 

    “Participation in CAA is something I feel should be essential for all repairers in California to stay current with repair procedures, methods and technology to keep consumers safe!” said Ronak.

    “The camaraderie between the shops is reflected in these meetings,” said Cindy Shillito, CAA Southern California representative for the Glendale/Foothills, San Diego and Los Angeles/Orange County chapters, and meeting coordinator. “A lot of friends get together and talk about what is happening in the association and the industry.”

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    Cindy Shillito, CAA Southern California representative for the Glendale/Foothills, San Diego and Los Angeles/Orange County chapters, and the meeting coordinator, with Jim Williams, NCS.

    As CAA president, Allan encourages the California collision industry to join the association and attend local meetings. “Not only will you gain valuable information and insights in our business, you’ll meet and learn from other shop owners and key participants,” she said. “Shops that think they don’t need an association like CAA are going to get left behind.”

    Allan has worked in body shops since she was 19. Craftsman Collision is owned by her father, Bill, who started the business in 1977 with a single shop and has grown it to include 43 shops across Canada with 500 employees. For the past seven years, Allan has operated Craftsman Collision USA, located in Long Beach, CA, with 22 employees.  

    While attending CAA meetings as a member, Shillito and Anthony Guinn, the previous chapter president, asked Allan to take over as president four years ago. 

    “We’ve had a lot of memorable, well-attended meetings and are going to build the momentum back up now that we can all get together again,” said Allan, who was recently asked to join the state executive committee for CAA.

    Her goal is to provide all members, especially independent shops, the latest information related to management, finance, technology, legislation and general trends in the collision industry.

    “We are an incredible resource!” she said. “I’d like more shops to know that and get involved with CAA. We need each other.”

    The same presentation will be held at the CAA San Diego chapter meeting Oct. 19.  

    For more information about the meeting and/or membership in the Southern California region, contact Cindy Shillito: radiatorgirl@socal.rr.com or 714-944-4028. 

  • California Autobody Association Announces Enterprise as Corporate Sponsor

    California Autobody Association Announces Enterprise as Corporate Sponsor

    PublishedNov. 30, 2022

    More than 60 years ago, Enterprisefounder Jack Taylor established his rental business in neighborhoods, while so many competitors were focusing on airport rentals.

    Over the last six decades, Enterprise has evolved the replacement vehicle rental business to get customers back on the road as seamlessly as possible.

    Enterprise continues to work very closely with its partners across the insurance and collision industries to increase collaboration and optimize the customer experience when a vehicle rental or replacement is needed after a car accident or during vehicle repair.

    What began with a small fleet of cars in 1957 has expanded to a network of mobility solutions and a fleet of more than 2.1 million vehicles serving customers in more than 90 countries and territories around the world.

    While much has changed over the years, Enterprise continues to be guided by Jack’s simple business philosophy: “Take care of your customers and your employees first, and the rest will follow.”

    Enterprise is proud to support the California Autobody Association and its mission to help its members produce quality repairs for consumers.

    Source: CAA

  • CAWA Announces Another Automotive High School Teacher Scholarship Award Winner

    CAWA Announces Another Automotive High School Teacher Scholarship Award Winner

    PublishedJuly 12, 2023

    CAWA, representing the automotive parts industry, is pleased to announce another recipient of its automotive high school teachers' scholarship awards. Through the Motorcar Parts of America-Selwyn Joffe Awards, CAWA provides scholarships to high school teachers to support their automotive programs. 

    "CAWA is proud to assist automotive high school teachers, in part, to assure their programs remain viable and well-resourced for the benefit of their students and our industry," said Rodney Pierini, president and CEO, in announcing the award.

    The recipient of the recent scholarship award is Gregory Kraus, Amistad High School, to pursue additional teacher classroom certification.

    The primary scholarship fundraising effort for this program is CAWA's annual dinner gala held traditionally the Sunday night before the AAPEXand SEMAshows. This year, the gala will be held Oct. 29 at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas and is exclusively sponsored, once again, by Motorcar Parts of America. For details, contact programs@cawa.org.

    To contribute to the association's scholarship fund (see www.cawa.org) or to donate prizes for the 2023 fundraising auction, contact Sean Ruitenberg of Premium Guard at sruitenberg@premiumguard.com or 949-872-5019 or admin@cawa.org.

    Source: CAWA

  • CAWA Announces Manufacturers Advisory Council Appointment

    CAWA Announces Manufacturers Advisory Council Appointment

    PublishedJan. 18, 2023

    Sun Hong of HL Mandohas been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers Advisory Council. 

    “We are pleased to have Sun join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of current and future industry issues," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. “We look forward to his participation and contributions which will assist the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive aftermarket industry organization."

    Hong is the chief operating officer of HL Mando’s Aftermarket North America, with more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall business strategy of HL Mando’s Aftermarket North America. 

    Hong began his automotive aftermarket career in 1994 with HL Mando. After six years with increasing responsibilities with HL Mando, he moved to AMPAC, where his spent nine years as sales, purchasing and product development manager. In 2010, he joined TYC(Genera) as product category manager to eventually manage TYC’s catalog pricing and some of TYC’s product categories. In 2019, Hong returned to lead the HL Mando’s Aftermarket North America team.

    Source: CAWA 

  • CAWA Installs 2023 Officers of Board of Directors

    CAWA Installs 2023 Officers of Board of Directors

    Published Nov. 7, 2022

    At its annual dinner gala during Industry Week, Young Suhr Jr. of APW Knox Seeman Warehouse was installed as CAWA’s 2023 chair of the Board of Directors.

    Other officers installed were: Vice-Chair Tom Ogaz of the Parts Authority; Treasurer Wayne Schaack of the Pronto Group; Secretary Dan Hanson Jr.of Hanson Distributing Company and Immediate Past Chair Michael Rukov of IMR, Inc.

    The officers will assume their positions effective Jan. 1, 2023.

    The association also sends a special thanks to its exclusive dinner sponsor, Motorcar Parts of America, and its President and CEO Selwyn Joffe.

    The next formal meeting of the association is its Leadership Meeting to be held Feb. 22-24, 2023, in Napa, CA. The event will take place at the Silverado Resort & Spa. Beyond several expert presentations of contemporary industry issues, all CAWA committees and the Board of Directors will meet to discuss association and industry issues.

    All are welcome. Watch for the registration materials. For immediate details contact programs@cawa.org.

    Source: CAWA

  • CAWA Joins Global Right to Repair Movement for Vehicles

    CAWA Joins Global Right to Repair Movement for Vehicles

    Published April 3, 2023

    CAWAhas joined other association leaders to support the critical global Right to Repair movement by signing a new position statement.

    The statement enumerates the core beliefs of the movement and the objectives and intended outcomes of Right to Repair legislation. Importantly, the document sets forth 10 best practice principles to developing a framework for Right to Repair legislation any supporting country can use and adapt to its needs.

    Globally, the automotive aftermarket keeps 1.5 billion vehicles on the road while contributing $1.8 trillion to the global economy. After vehicles exit their warranty period, independent repair shops perform 70% of repairs. This vibrant industry and the consumer choice it creates is being threatened by automotive manufacturers that block access to wirelessly transmitted vehicle repair and maintenance data.

    Without the convenience and choice of independent parts and repair, especially in suburban and rural communities, consumers will have limited access to affordable vehicle service and repair. These restrictions can have catastrophic effects on local economies and the well-being and safety of millions who rely on vehicle transportation daily.

    “We are pleased to be a part of this global Right to Repair movement and will do what we can to promote Right to Repair legislation which is so critical to the consumers' right to choose where they get their vehicles repaired and where they purchase their parts," said CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini.

    Read the full position statement here.

    Source: CAWA

  • Dan Rader Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    Dan Rader Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedMay 9, 2023

    Dan Rader of Mevotechhas been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council.

    “We are pleased to have Dan join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of current and future industry issues," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. “We look forward to his participation and contributions which will assist the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive aftermarket industry organization."

    Rader is the U.S. sales team’s vice president of sales for Mevotech. He will focus on the U.S. WD business and new business development, expansion into adjacent markets, training, fleets and helping customers grow their chassis and hub business.

    He has a proven track record in the areas of product and category management. He has held several progressive positions with organizations including Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance for Auto-Value & Bumper-to-Bumper and Carquest.

    Rader received a bachelor's degree in automotive aftermarket management from Northwood University and holds the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from the University of the Aftermarket.

    Source: CAWA

  • David Simms Elected CAWA's 2024 Secretary to the Board of Directors

    David Simms Elected CAWA's 2024 Secretary to the Board of Directors

    PublishedJuly 10, 2023

    At the CAWA June Leadership & Educational Forum, David Simms, a NAPAmulti store owner, was elected the 2024 secretary to the Board of Directors. 

    Other officers for the 2024 year include Chair Tom Ogaz of the Parts Authority, Vice-Chair Wayne Schaack of the Pronto Network, Treasurer Dan Hanson Jr.of Hanson Distributing Company and Immediate Past Chair Young Suhr Jr.of APW-Knox Seeman Warehouse.

    Shortly after purchasing a small auto parts store 12 years ago, Simms joined CAWA, and four years ago, he was appointed to the Board of Directors. 

    “It’s been interesting to see the industry changes in that time and certainly informative to participate with CAWA as we’ve all navigated our businesses through legislation, the growth in electrification, COVID, supply chain challenges and inflation," Simms said. "As a two-store owner of parts stores, I’m proud to provide whatever perspective I can bring to CAWA that’s most likely as close to the end user as we get. On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoy the 'bigger picture' education I get from many of our members." 

    His earliest days in automotive began in the 1960s in his family’s service station. Following high school, he was in the Air Force, then on to college. In the many years since, he managed hardware and farm hardware stores and spent several years doing outside sales in the agricultural field, and ultimately purchased an auto parts store. He now operates stores in Lodi and Galt, CA.

    He has twin daughters and five grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoys taking his bike to San Clemente to visit them and cycle while still enjoying scuba diving and hiking in his spare time.

    The 2024 officers will be formally installed at CAWA’s annual dinner gala, to be held in conjunction with AAPEXand exclusively sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America, on Oct. 29 at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. For more information, contact programs@cawa.org.

    Source: CAWA
     

  • Ian Musselman Appointed to CAWA Board of Directors

    Ian Musselman Appointed to CAWA Board of Directors

    Musselman serves as senior vice president of government affairs for LKQ Corporation.

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    Oct. 25, 2023

    Ian Musselman of LKQ Corporation has been appointed to CAWA’s Board of Directors.

    “I am pleased to announce that Ian is joining the CAWA Board of Directors," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the board. "He is a welcomed addition to our leadership with his experience and government affairs acumen. I look forward to Ian’s participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Musselman joined LKQ Corporation and its senior management team in 2019 as senior vice president of government affairs, overseeing the company’s regulatory and policy initiatives around the world, including opening its North American public affairs office in Washington, D.C. He is tasked with managing LKQ’s government affairs strategy, including throughout North America, and oversees external communications as it pertains to policy, manages its association memberships and events, and serves as LKQ’s Political Action Committee treasurer.

    Prior to joining LKQ, he served Continental Automotive Group and Continental Tire of the Americas as director of government affairs for North America from 2012 until 2019. In his role as director, Musselman’s responsibilities included the creation Continental’s first government affairs office in Washington, D.C., setting the corporation’s government relations agenda, and implementing this strategy before Congress and the Executive Branch. Musselman formed the state government affairs office of Continental in 2014, working with individual states on growth incentive packages, product development regulation and employment matters.

    Prior to joining Continental, Musselman was a principal director at American Continental Group (ACG). Joining the firm in 1999, he provided clients with strategic political and business counsel in issue areas including government oversight, health care/pharmaceutical, Indian affairs, education, nonprofit, appropriations, energy, foreign affairs, transportation and defense.

    Musselman currently lives in Maryland with his wife and three children. He earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

  • Jake Boggs Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    Jake Boggs Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    PublishedJuly 21, 2023

    Jake Boggs of Undercar Plushas been appointed to CAWA’s Board of Directors. 

    “I am pleased to announce that Jake Boggs is joining the CAWA Board of Directors," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "He is a welcomed addition to our leadership. I look forward to Jake’s participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Boggs has spent 25 years in the automotive aftermarket in various positions within sales, operations, marketing, purchasing and product management. He spent the first 10 years working alongside his father running J&C Auto Supply in Whittier, CA. Later in his career, he worked for RPS Marketing, representing more than 30 product lines with award winning success. Over the past 12 years, he has continued to advance his career by working with three uniquely diverse Southern California-based warehouse distribution companies: Hanson Distributing, Warren Distributing and Undercar Plus. 

    Boggs has served on the Alliance Product Committee and the AC Delco Distribution Council as well. He has five children, a beautiful granddaughter and resides in Irvine, CA, with his wife, Natasha.

    Source: CAWA

  • Jason Caldwell Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    Jason Caldwell Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    PublishedMay 10, 2023

    Jason Caldwell of RPS Marketing has been appointed to CAWA’s Board of Directors.

    “I am pleased to announce that Jason Caldwell is joining the CAWA Board of Directors," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "He has participated in the association’s Manufacturers Advisory Council for some time and now the board. I look forward to Jason’s continued participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Caldwell is starting his 20th year with RPS Marketing, where he has been working with key automotive distributors throughout California for the last eight years to help grow their business with key suppliers and pull through sales out in the field. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with RPS in the Northwest covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Western Montana, working with key automotive and hardware customers in that territory.

    Caldwell works hard not only at the WD level but also at the service dealer and jobber level, meeting with them to talk about their business, what they are seeing from a customer standpoint, and what they see their needs are from their suppliers/WD partners. In 2020, Caldwell moved into the director of sales role with RPS and also became a partner in the company.

    Caldwell volunteers nationally with the Auto Care Association as a member of the Manufactures Rep Council and in March, he completed the Leadership 2.0 course through Northwood University.

    In his free time, Caldwell is busy with his wife of 25 years, Lori, and their two boys. Along with that, he enjoys working and restoring classic cars, spending time outdoors and playing and watching sports.

    Source: CAWA

  • John Rupert Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    John Rupert Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedMay 15, 2023

    John Rupert of XGM Automotive Inc. has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council.

    “I am pleased to announce that longtime automotive associate John Rupert is joining the CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "I look forward to John’s participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Rupert has 52 years of service in the automotive industry of which 35 have been devoted to automotive lighting. He currently is the executive vice president of sales, North America, for XGM Automotive and previously served as the senior vice president of sales for ADD Automotive. He has held other positions with a variety of companies including Irontite, CEC, EIKO Lighting, GE Lighting, Osram Sylvania and Wagner Lightingover his long tenure in the automotive industry.

    He is very much committed to Right to Repair and the consumer’s choice of where they purchase their parts and get their vehicles repaired and maintained. He has also been a longtime advocate for automotive technician training.

    Source: CAWA

  • Lee Rodgers Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    Lee Rodgers Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    PublishedAug. 22, 2023

    Lee Rodgers has been appointed to CAWA’s Board of Directors representing Automotive Parts Associates (APA).  

    “I am pleased to announce that APA’s Lee Rodgers is joining the CAWA Board of Directors," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "He is a welcomed addition to our leadership. I look forward to his participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Rodgers started his career in 2006 with Main Gate, Inc. as a distribution center manager and later joined Finish Line as a distribution center supervisor. After serving as a purchasing agent for AISIN, he then moved to Toyota Industrial Equipment Company as a procurement specialist. Before APA, Rodgers worked for NAPA Auto Parts as a senior manager of sourcing. Currently, he is the product director for APA and responsible for the management of supplier relationships and overall product strategy.

    Source: CAWA

  • Lentz Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    Lentz Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedJune 12, 2023

    Scott Lentz of MANN+HUMMEL–Purolator Filtershas been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council.

    “I am pleased to announce that another pro in the aftermarket, Scott Lentz, is joining the CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "I look forward to his participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Lentz has 28 years of automotive aftermarket experience, starting with DANA Corporation-Parts Craft Division representing DANA engine, chassis and Weatherhead fluid power products. He then transitioned to representing NAPAbrake and chassis products, through Brake Parts INC and Affinia. Genuine Parts Company brought him into the fold and he continued to represent brake and chassis products, totaling 12 years with undercar products. He then became the operations manager for a 10-store NAPA group in his hometown for his largest customer.

    Lentz wanted to return to a business development role so he joined the Federal Mogul Motor Parts sales team as a business development manager, then moved to Standard Motor Products covering a majority of the Northwest U.S. Most recently he is responsible for the Purolator Filter brand for MANN+HUMMEL Filtration for the Western U.S.

    Source: CAWA

  • Mike Harris Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    Mike Harris Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedMarch 28, 2023

    Mike Harris of Holstein Parts has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council.

    “We are pleased to have Mike join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of current and future industry issues," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "We look forward to his participation and contributions which will assist the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive aftermarket industry organization."

    Harris has more than 37 years in the automotive aftermarket. Thirty-three of those years were in the NAPAsystem, primarily with Genuine Parts Company in five locations nationwide, including nine years in Southern California, as well as four years with an independent NAPA owner located in Southern California. His primary roles were as sales manager working with independently owned NAPA stores as well as district manager responsible for the day-to-day operations of company-owned NAPA Auto Parts stores.

    Harris also has worked with Worldpac, MSX Internationaland AutoAnythingin various sales and business development positions in Southern California. Currently, he serves as an account manager for Holstein Parts, a supplier of aftermarket sensors. His customer base is national and as well as Canada, LATAM and the Caribbean Islands. He is focused on gaining new market share as well as assisting customers and maintaining solid sales growth of existing products.

    Source: CAWA

  • New Labor Rate Surveys Available on CAA Website

    New Labor Rate Surveys Available on CAA Website

    PublishedJan. 10, 2023

    The CAAis pleased to provide its members with all labor rate surveys available from the California Department of Insurance.

    The CAA website has been updated as of Jan. 1 and includes new surveys from GEICO, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, Sentryand USAA.

    After logging in to the CAA website, all Labor Rate Surveys can be found under the "Labor Rate Surveys" link.

    If you are a CAA member but have not signed up on the website, you can do so through the "Sign Up" button on the top left of the homepage banner, or call our state office for assistance at 916-557-8100 ext.1. Once registered, you will have access to all of the CAA's "Members Only" information and protected content.

    It is the CAA's understanding that new surveys are currently being sent to shops. It is vitally important you take the time to fill out this survey completely and return it in a timely manner.

    For questions about the Labor Rate Survey process or how to challenge one, consult the following Shop Tips available on the CAA website: Shop Tip 20: Labor Rate Surveys: "What Shops Need to Know;" Shop Tip 25: "How to Challenge Non-Standard Labor Rate Surveys;" and Shop Tip 26: "Can a Standardized Labor Rate Survey be Challenged?"

    These tips can be found under "Shop Tips and Resources" in the CAA Members Only section.

    Source: CAA

  • NWACA Holds Successful Inaugural Collision Training Expo

    NWACA Holds Successful Inaugural Collision Training Expo

    Written by Abby Andrews, Autobody News
    Published
    May 10, 2023

    The Northwest Auto Care Alliance (NWACA) held its first Collision Training Expo (CTE) on May 6 at Clover Park Technical School in Lakewood, WA.

    Forty people attended the all-day training and exhibition event designed for collision shops, by collision shops. The classes---several of which were hands-on---consisted of training for managers, owners, estimators and technicians, with trainers from leading industry names like CCC, Wesco, ATI, Elitek, 3Mand LDC Equipment teaching everything from performing calibrations on ADAS features and writing estimates to measuring and welding on a variety of materials used in modern vehicles.

    Micah Strom, collision chair for the NWACA and a body shop owner, said show organizers got a lot of excellent feedback, which will be used to make next year's second annual CTE even better.

    "Just like the first time with anything, there will be things we'll learn from," Strom said. "But we had an instructor from a tech school in Bellingham, WA, and he said he will tell everyone they need to attend next year."

    Strom said show organizers are already trying to think of a way to offer a hands-on painting class in 2024.

    "We want to provide a training event for the whole shop," Strom said. "We prefer hands-on training, not just a classroom setting, because technicians learn better that way."

    Strom thanked everyone who made the first CTE a success, including NWACA office staff, CTE committee members, vendors and sponsors.

    Strom said the NWACA has hosted a training expo for mechanical shops for 20 years and felt it was time to offer the same to its collision shop members.

    “We started the CTE for our members and for the industry in general, to get some good training out there,” Strom said. “There’s not a lot [of collision training] here in the Northwest, and that’s why we put this together.”

    The success of the inaugural event concreted the vision of CTE and the need for a training event like it.

    Anyone interested in participating in the 2024 CTE as an attendee, trainer or sponsor can contact Brenda Wolslegel at 253-653-2334 or by email at brenda@nwautocare.org.

    Source: NWACA

  • Payne Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    Payne Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors

    PublishedDec. 6, 2022

    Rob Payne of the Automotive Parts Associates has been appointed to CAWA’s Board of Directors.

    “I am excited to announce that Rob Payne of the Automotive Parts Associates is joining the CAWA Board of Directors," said Michael Rukov, chair of the Board of Directors. "I look forward to Rob’s participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    Payne is director of product for Automotive Parts Associates (APA), with more than 25 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. In his position at APA, he is responsible for the management of supplier relationships and overall product strategy. He is also actively involved in marketing, data-warehousing and strategic planning.

    Prior to joining APA in July 2021, he was the category manager for brakes at GPC/NAPA headquarters in Atlanta, GA, where he led the NAPA brake team product strategy, advertising and marketing efforts over a two-year period.

    The majority of his career was spent at O’Reilly Auto Parts, beginning in 1997 starting as a delivery driver. Payne was later a parts specialist and he joined the O’Reilly headquarters in 1999 with the Inventory Control Department in various roles. In 2007 was promoted to product manager overseeing undercar categories such as chassis, ride control and power steering.

    Payne and his wife, Rachal, currently live in the Atlanta area and enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

    Source: CAWA

  • Pugh Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

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    Pugh is a manufacturer representative, business advisor and consultant with more than three decades in the industry.

  • Terry McCauley Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    Terry McCauley Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedAug. 3, 2023

    Terry McCauley of Niterra North America has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council. 

    “I have known Terry for some time, appreciate his commitment to the industry and am pleased to announce that he is joining the CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. "I look forward to his participation and contributions to CAWA in assisting the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive care industry organization."

    McCauley is a seasoned veteran in the automotive aftermarket industry, with an impressive track record spanning more than 38 years in Southern California. His journey began at the young age of 15 when he embarked on an apprenticeship as a technician, honing his skills in an automotive and RV repair shop in the picturesque Huntington Beach, CA. During his college years, his passion for the automotive world led him to embrace a career as a parts professional. He excelled in this role at a jobber store, where he demonstrated an innate understanding of automotive components and their intricacies.

    After earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State University, Long Beach, McCauley’s heart remained firmly set in the automotive industry. He continued to thrive, transitioning into the role of a service advisor, serving customers with his expertise at an independent repair facility and later at a reputable GMdealership.

    In 1998, his journey took a momentous turn as he joined Niterra North America (formerly known as NGK Spark Plugs, USA) as a district manager. He quickly proved his mettle and ascended the ranks to become a senior district manager and took on an influential training role, mentoring and shaping newly hired district managers, fostering a culture of excellence within the organization.

    Today, as a key account specialist, McCauley celebrates an impressive milestone of 25 years with Niterra. Throughout his extensive tenure, he has held pivotal positions within the company, including chairman of the Niterra Sales Committee, where he demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic acumen. Notably, he played a crucial role in representing the sales department during the successful launch of the B2B portal.

    His unwavering dedication to the automotive aftermarket industry, wealth of experience and relentless pursuit of excellence have earned him a reputation as a true trailblazer. As he continues to make invaluable contributions to Niterra, he remains an inspiring figure to his peers and a driving force within the industry.

    Source: CAWA

  • Tom Ogaz Installed as Chair of CAWA's 2024 Board of Directors

    Tom Ogaz Installed as Chair of CAWA's 2024 Board of Directors

    Ogaz and other key officers were sworn in during the organization's annual dinner gala held as part of Industry Week. 

    Written by Autobody News Staff
    Published
    Nov. 13, 2023

    Tom Ogaz, general manager of Parts Authorityin Southern California, was officially installed as the chair of the Board of Directors for the California Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA) during the organization's annual dinner gala held as part of Industry Week. 

    Alongside Ogaz, several other key officers were also sworn in to lead the association, including Vice-Chair Wayne Schaack from the Pronto Group, Treasurer Dan Hanson Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, and Secretary David Simms of NAPA Auto Parts Lodi & Galt. Immediate Past Chair of the Board Young Suhr Jr., of APW Knox Seeman Warehouse, also remains an integral part of CAWA's leadership team. 

    This transition in leadership is slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

    Motorcar Parts of America and President and CEO Selwyn Joffe provided exclusive sponsorship of the dinner gala.

    CAWA's next significant event is the Leadership & Educational Forum scheduled for Feb. 21-23, 2024, in Napa, CA. The event will be hosted at the Silverado Resort & Spa and will feature Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, as a guest speaker. One of the highlights of the forum will be a panel discussion on "AI and its impact on the Automotive Industry," providing insights into the evolving landscape of the sector.

    CAWA's committees and the Board of Directors will convene during this event to engage in discussions on pertinent industry topics. All stakeholders and automotive enthusiasts are welcomed to participate, with registration details available soon. For immediate information about the event, contact programs@cawa.org.

  • Uzzardo Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    Uzzardo Appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

    PublishedMay 2, 2023

    Vinni Uzzardo of Standard Motor Products (SMP) has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council.

    “We are pleased to have Vinni join our leadership team and contribute to our discussions of current and future industry issues," said Young Suhr Jr., chair of the Board of Directors. “We look forward to his participation and contributions which will assist the association in achieving its goals as an effective and valuable automotive aftermarket industry organization."

    Uzzardo has 38 years of automotive aftermarket experience. He started his career working at his family’s jobber store in the south suburbs of Chicago. After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1992, he went to work for All Products Automotive, an Auto Value Warehouse, in Chicago. He was the marketing manager for six years and served on the Auto Value Marketing Board for two years. In 1998, Uzzardo went back to the family business. They expanded to three stores while his main focus was on controlling inventories and managing store personnel.

    In 2004, he had an opportunity to join the Standard Motor Products sales team. He spent the first 10 years of his SMP career as a territory manager covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. In 2014, he moved to Las Vegas and became a division manager responsible for Advance/CARQUEST. The team he managed covered Nashville to Hawaii. Since 2022, he has been the western regional sales manager responsible for traditional sales. The team he manages covers Colorado to Hawaii.

    Source: CAWA

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