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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:25

2018 Collision Repair Industry: A Year in Review

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists also had an extremely busy year in 2018 with many training initiatives and endeavors.


SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg recalled, “Exposing our members to information and people that they wouldn’t have otherwise had access to ranks high on my list for this year. Education and information are foundations of our mission, and I think our board has really embraced a priority of finding and producing meaningful interactions. In February of this year, we released video coverage of attorney Todd Tracy’s 2017 SEMA Show appearances, which drew a ton of attention for the perspective he brought to the table. In April, we got really outside the box, welcoming Chipotle Mexican Grill CFO Jack Hartung for an in-depth conversation on business models that build trust with the consumer, focus on high-quality output, prioritize investment in better quality materials (or ingredients in this case), all while competing with a market of lower-cost competitors. That presentation and the panel that followed it received such great support from the attendees and membership; I really love that we were able to get creative and go down that path.


“In August, as I-CAR announced changes to its training and recognition platforms, SCRS was able to help bring the information direct to our membership through a 90-minute interactive webinar, fueled primarily by audience questions. And I’d be remiss not to make note of the recent OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and inaugural Ideas Collide Showcase this November at the 2018 SEMA Show. Both featured so many speakers that our industry had never had the ability to interact with before. I’m especially thrilled with the feedback on the IDEAS Collide Showcase: 10 topics, 10 minutes apiece for a rapid-fire presentation that was like drinking from a firehose of information. It’s definitely a format you will see more of from SCRS.”


The collision repair industry saw many positive changes in 2018, and hopefully, this momentum will carry through into 2019 as the industry’s associations continue to grow, provide more training for members and focus on the future in terms of the next generation of technicians, charitable efforts and legislative efforts.


Autobody News looks forward to continuing to provide all the latest association news in 2019. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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