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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Anyone who has worked in a shop for even just a matter of months can probably quickly list a half dozen or more things that work really well in that shop in terms of its physical design and layout—and a equal number of things they’d change about it if given the opportunity.

Arizona shop owner Mike Quinn opened his first Collision Industry Conference (CIC) as chairman of the quarterly gathering, held in January in Palm Springs, CA, by asking outgoing I-CAR CEO John Edelen to introduce new I-CAR chair John Van Alstyne, who takes the helm of the training organization this month.

Participants at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Palm Springs, CA, in January chose by a single-vote majority to have this fall’s CIC meeting in November in Las Vegas in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show rather than the preceding month in Orlando with the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE).

More than a dozen associations were represented at a gathering in Dallas, Texas, as SCRS held its fifth annual “Affiliate Leadership Conference.” SCRS Chairman Barry Dorn said the event is designed to help the national association gather input from its state affiliates on its direction and efforts, as well as to help those groups work with one another and with the national organization.

Looking for a preview of what lies ahead for the collision repair industry? Look no further than some key statements made in 2010 that likely will continue to reverberate in 2011.

As it has for 28 years, the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) served as an annual meeting place for the collision repair industry when it was held in Las Vegas in mid-October.

A number of automakers in recent weeks have issued bulletins, launched programs or made announcements that could impact collision repairers —whether  at dealerships or independent shops. Here’s a wrap-up of this recent news from the OEMs.

Concerns about data privacy prompted the formation this spring at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) of a taskforce focused on the subject. At CIC in Chicago in July, Tony Passwater, an industry trainer and executive director of the Indiana Auto Body Association, said that the new taskforce that he chairs has in recent weeks been discussing and finalizing its objectives.

John Edelen said that three years ago when he stepped out of retirement to take on the role as CEO of I-CAR, someone well-known and respected in the industry asked him why he would “waste his time” with an organization like I-CAR that was “no longer relevant.”

If the industry developed a formal set of “repair standards,” what then?