The new year has arrived in full force, and though many of 2020’s challenges have not yet been completely eradicated, progress occurs daily.
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) saw progress last year, despite the many health and societal concerns that froze much of society, and their leaders are hopeful this year will be even better.
Newly-elected Chairman Clint Marlow of Allstate joined NABC President and CEO Bill Garoutte to share the organization’s “very positive” outlook for 2021 with Autobody News.
For NABC, 2020 concluded with its annual meeting, which included executive committee and board elections. During that meeting, three new board members were elected, with four seats being reelected.
“We have history and familiarity with all of the board members since they’ve been working with us for several years,” Garoutte noted. “New leadership is good news, and most notably, Clint was elected chairman of the board.”
For many years, Marlow has been involved with NABC through Allstate’s long-time partnership. A few years ago, Immediate Past Chair Darren Huggins “asked me to get more involved, which led to me joining the board," Marlow said. "The more involved I became, the more I enjoyed it. I’m excited to serve as chair, but I have some big shoes to fill!”
The past has a tendency of informing the future, and 2020 is bound to heavily influence the industry in 2021 and future years.
By the middle of last year, most of the world had hit the brakes, and “it would have been easy for NABC to close up shop and come back next year,” Marlow pointed out, “but we didn’t. We quickly learned how to do things differently, how to act in our new environment to keep partners safe and still continue to serve our members and the communities where they do business.”
Garoutte added, “I’m proud that we were able to continue the momentum of our programs by thinking outside the box. It’s not about NABC---it’s about...