According to Committee Chair Shelly Jones, “This was a very interactive meeting with a lot of people commenting on the topics covered. It gave us a chance to provide information on I-CAR, recap the job fair and discuss the committee’s goals and objectives.”
The meeting began with Jones updating members on her visits to Gold-status and non-Gold-status shops to talk about I-CAR and invite them to future meetings. Committee Vice Chair of Training John Helterbrand shared information about the I-CAR training that has been taking place at Ranken and suggested that I-CAR will release important updates at SEMA.
“John's officer report was especially interesting and led to a discussion of a potential committee meeting or informational event being squeezed in before the end of year,” Jones shared. “Committee Vice Chair of Marketing Sarah Young of Original One Parts has been doing an outstanding job of keeping the St. Louis Committee Facebook page updated with information and events important to the industry.”
Gene Slattery, committee education coordinator, recapped the Gateway Automotive and Collision Job Fair that was held during NHRA weekend and attracted nearly 1,000 students. The fundraiser generated around $33,000, which will be distributed among the seven schools that participated.
“I have talked with reps from five companies that participated in our recent job fair at Gateway Motorsports Park. All of them hired one or two students who they met at the race track. Some hired from our previous job fairs as well. Our committee will develop a survey to easily obtain this type of information,” Jones said. “It is important for our committee to work together to support the school programs and to promote I-CAR training for the safety of the consumer.”
Finally, Jones discussed the group’s 2018 committee goals and confirmed that they have completed all requirements for Gold Class. The St. Louis I-CAR Committee’s October meeting concluded with a 360 video from the I-CAR website that everyone agreed was informative and well done.
The group’s next meeting will be held on Jan. 11, 2019.