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Monday, 16 November 2020 16:46

2020 Collision Repair Industry: A Year in Review

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It’s undeniable that 2020 has been a year for the history books---the amount of change over the past 12 months is unprecedented and has been disruptive in every imaginable way.

As 2020 comes to its conclusion, the world reflects on the year’s events, and a handful of collision repair industry leaders share their thoughts on the most impactful memories for their associations in 2020.

 

The strongest force this year has been the spread of COVID-19, and attempts to curb it. This has translated into many virtual events, and Zoom has become much more than onomatopoeia, with nearly every association adopting the new normal.

 

“The Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) was able to quickly pivot to virtual events after the start of the pandemic, which enabled us to continue to serve our members,” said Susan Rokosz, the association’s president. “From happy hours to professional development events, going virtual enabled us to remain connected to our members.

 

'AWAF also committed to increasing the diversity of both the membership and the board, and we are working to increase diversity in the talent pipeline for the automotive industry.”

 

When ASA Northwest’s ATE 2020 had to be canceled a week and a half before the event due to COVID restrictions, the association’s leaders “went into scramble mode and canceled our live event with over 1000 attendees,” said ASA Northwest President and Executive Director Jeff Lovell.

 

“We knew we needed to keep our ASA Northwest members engaged and let them know that we are here for them, so we started having Zoom meetings, called 'Lunch and Learn,' with members every week to keep them updated on the latest information," Lowell said. "ASA Northwest has adapted to the new technology and was the first automotive trade association...


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