From President Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to the many tragic shootings and storms that have ravaged the United States in 2018, this year has been one of metamorphosis, altering reality and perception for many individuals.
The same holds true for the collision repair industry and its associations, which have faced a variety of organizational changes and never-ending updates in technology and requirements. As 2018 draws to a close, several association leaders were willing to share some feedback about their associations’ best and most memorable changes this past year.
Changes in leadership were a recurring theme that many associations saw in 2018. The Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA) received a new executive director, Ricki Garrett. Evangelos “Lucky” Papageorg began serving as executive director for AASP/MA. AASP/NJ’s role of president has been filled by Jerry McNee. Tony Ferraiolo of the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) has passed the presidential gavel to Bob Amendola, and Michelle Sullivan assumed the role of chair for the Women’s Industry Network (WIN®).
With new leadership, it’s not surprising to find that many associations have also undergone some internal changes in their approaches to meetings, training material and other initiatives. The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) recently changed its meeting format to ensure some consistency in the material discussed by chapters across the state. AASP/MA has also taken a new approach to better reach members across the state.
Papageorg explained, “We have returned to our roots as a collision repair association, re-implementing regional and local chapter meetings to better connect with our membership.”
ASA-MI President Ray Fisher shared, “We changed our meetings this year to include an AMi training session at each location. These are pre-recorded sessions that are available to everyone, and they cover seven major topics, usually specific to the automotive repair business. The sessions that we held were approximately 40 minutes in length, allowing us to cover other business and updates at the same time.