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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:25

2018 Collision Repair Industry: A Year in Review

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"I enjoyed them because at every session, I saw attendees writing things down, which tells me they learned something they wanted to implement and apply to their business. Complacency kills the business, while humility brings it to life. Our industry is changing so quickly and abundantly that we must keep learning, and it’s great to host professionals that continue to improve and help our members improve as well.”


ASA-CO created a partnership with NAPA BDG and Advance Auto Parts in 2018 in order to “provide a regular manager and leadership training program throughout the year,” ASA-CO Chairman Brad Pellman shared. “We all agreed this was something our front office staff needed and something that has been missing in our industry. These training opportunities are open to everyone, and we welcome the unilateral participation and support from such outstanding associate members of ASA-CO.”


The North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) continued making strides to improve the industry in its state.


According to Board Member Elijah Winans, “NCACAR moved the needle in regards to creating a relevant collision association in North Carolina in 2018. More than just being an association, we are now creating a movement focused on our mission statement by continually improving the professionalism and business practices of those engaged in the collision repair industry through education, initiatives and strong leadership, and we started off the year by doing this with the most influential news maker in collision of our time: Todd Tracy.”


Industry associations across the country also experienced many changes related to who organized and contributed to various conferences intended to educate industry professionals. AASP/NJ’s 2018 NORTHEAST® Trade Show included collaborating with the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA), which organized the show’s Collision Prep education series for the first time. AASP/NJ’s Jerry McNee indicated that the show’s success was one of the most memorable events of 2018 for the association, calling it its “best show yet.”

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