According to KABA President Jeff Oldenettel, “It’s important to provide this type of education to unify the cause and so industry professionals realize that no shop is on an island by itself. It is vital that we have a concerted industry-wide drive to perform better.”
On Friday evening, Mitchell sponsored a hospitality event at the hotel to provide attendees with an opportunity to get to know their industry peers, KABA members and the next day’s educational speakers.
Saturday morning commenced with coffee and donuts, followed by a presentation from KABA titled “Who We Are and Why We Did It” that included an introduction to the association’s Board of Directors. Next, Jake Aufenkamp and James Rodis of the Woodhouse Automotive Group covered a review of Collision Advice’s “Who Pays for What?” surveys during “Who Pays for What and How to See It Happen.” Mitchell International’s Wayne Krause covered OE position statements and what they mean in “Scanning Procedures and Why?”
Following lunch, “OEM Certifications: the Who, When and Why” was presented by Chris Norris of Weavers, who discussed whether shops need OEM certifications, where to start and which ones to pursue. Attendees then engaged in an industry roundtable and open forum discussion with the day’s speakers and KABA’s board before the final presentation of the day.
The headliner of KABA’s Education Day was David Luehr of Elite Body Shop Solutions and author of The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops, who taught about creating a winning culture in “The Six Secrets Revealed.”
“The event was received well, and everyone was involved and motivated,” Oldenettel shared.
For more information about KABA and future events, visit kansasaba.com.