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WIN board of directors, seated from left, Geralyn Kottschade (chair), Sheila Loftus (executive director); standing, from left, Catherine Babiar (international), Trish Serratore (treasurer), Frederica Carter (advisory), Gigi Walker (Secretary), Marcy Tieger (advisory), Kathy Mello (vice chair). 
    The inaugural Women’s Industry Network (WIN) conference held April 29-May 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, featured 115 attendees, the vast majority of them women. Attendees came from more than a dozen states and Canada to share insight in regards to women in the collision industry.
    California Truck Jamboree, North America’s largest custom and classic truck show competition, celebrated “20 Years of Truck Jam” with its tricked-out, car crushing 2007 spring show in Irvine on May 6. As the first of two 20th anniversary events, the Spring California Truck Jam included more than 500 custom tricked-out trucks.
    The California Autobody Association (CAA) recently told its members that it is still opposed to AB 1483, the bill introduced by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter that would require shop owners to affirm that all crash parts on the estimate were in fact used. The CAA said their position will not change unless amendments are made to address concerns.
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 Akzo Nobel’s Brad Jones completes a spot repair in the paint booth on a Dodge Caravan at the clinic.
    California Color Source, Inc. and Akzo Nobel Coatings co-hosted a waterborne technology clinic at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Calif. on the evening of May 8. Over 130 attendees represented collision repair facilities and industry vendors.
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 Judy Chu, Calif. BOE
    The issue of paint capping has been making its way through the courtrooms and into the offices of the California Board of Equalization in a fight for regulation of this illegal act. Paint capping is interfering with a customer’s right to choose a body shop and as a result, driving lawsuits from small claims court to Superior Court. The act of capping is also cheating the state out of an estimated $50 million in sales tax based on the paint and materials that are used, but not credited.
    In honor of 25 years of excellence in the collision industry, I-CAR presented the I-CAR Industry Excellence award to the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). I-CAR President & CEO Tom McGee presented the award to SCRS Executive Director Dan Risley, Wednesday, April 11, at the SCRS 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA.