IABA President Doug Martin explained, “We have changed the way our meetings are structured to ensure all chapters have the same content and some continuity in the material, but each meeting had some different content as well. Each chapter liaison is responsible for setting up content that their audience would like.”
Each meeting features an Industry Update, Operations Showcase and Education Source of the Quarter. The September 2018 Industry Update featured discussions on industry legislation and laws, specifically Rhode Island’s bill to prevent insurers from mandating the use of aftermarket parts less than 48 months beyond manufacture date without owner’s consent, Illinois House Bill 4926 and Indiana Senate Bill 164.
According to Martin, “We are creating talking points with legal and legislative happenings around the country. We made sure to focus on why they are relevant to the shop owners and managers in Indiana and why it is important for Indiana to continue to work more efficiently with lawmakers to protect consumers in regard to collision repair.”
The next section showcases operations that are often forgotten.
“We discussed the need to remove electronics within 12 inches for welding (18 inches for Toyota), welder set-up and test weld destruction,” Martin recalled. “Our goal is to help shops understand the safety aspects of these operations and the liability if they do not follow them.
“For the education spotlight, we chose CollisionHub for this quarter. We feel the shops can find a lot of value in their videos and monthly industry updates. The last thing on the shared agenda was to discuss our partnership with CREF and the matching funds from AkzoNobel. We are raising funds for the vocational schools in Indiana with collision repair programs. Akzo has pledged to match up to $25,000 in funding for the programs that apply. We have until the end of this year to raise the money.”
The Indianapolis chapter, Bloomington chapter and Fort Wayne chapter all included additional information on OEM research, new position statements on scanning and GM’s certification program. During the Northwest Indiana chapter’s meeting, Charlie Whittaker from AkzoNobel presented on OEM research, negotiation with OEM procedures and the NABR’s VRS portal and its ability to show paid procedures. The New Albany chapter meeting also featured a presentation by Whittaker as well as information on I-CAR’s new format, delivered by Mike Schneider of I-CAR.
All of the meetings were well-attended. Martin noted, “The IABA is seeing a lot of prior members coming back to meetings. Each event had more shops than the past several years.”