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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 23:09

WACTAL’s 2019 Conference Is a Success

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Ken Kempfer’s scan class allowed attendees to break into small groups for some hands-on practice. Ken Kempfer’s scan class allowed attendees to break into small groups for some hands-on practice.

From March 15--16, the Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association (WACTAL) hosted its 2019 WACTAL Conference at the Best Western Green Bay Inn Conference Center.


As usual, the event agenda was jam-packed with educational and networking opportunities throughout the conference.


WACTAL’s 2019 Conference commenced with “Building a Profitable Business,” presented by Bill Kinnard, president of Grandy & Associates.


WACTAL’s Sue Peterson shared, “Are wages a fixed or variable overhead? Actually, wages can be both. Overhead, cash flow v. profit and loss; billable and non-billable hours, and much more were discussed during Bill Kinnard's presentation.”


Next, I-CAR senior vice president Nick Notte provided an I-CAR Update, which was followed by a WACTAL membership meeting.


The evening concluded with a reception at the automobile gallery.


Peterson recalled, “A vintage VW Bus, 1919 Dort Speedster, 1972 Chevelle, 1932 Cadillac Coupe and numerous classic cars were the backdrop of the Conference Reception at The Automobile Gallery Friday evening. As its website states, The Automobile Gallery is ‘as impressive as the automobiles it surrounds.’ Attendees were able to enjoy some wonderful hors d'oeuvres while viewing the outstanding collection of classic cars on display, each with its own storied history.”

On Saturday, Ken Kempfer taught a hands-on class on pre- and post-repair scanning at Williams Auto Body.


Peterson said, “The hands-on scanning program led by Ken Kempfer provided attendees the opportunity to scan several vehicles, look up and discuss the various codes, and determine how to proceed with repairs. Ken started out the morning with a brief explanation of what P, C, B, and U codes relate to; the difference between current, history and pending codes; and how/where to look up information. Attendees then broke into small groups and moved forward with the task at hand---scan each of the six vehicles set up for the program.


“Thank you to Mark Williams, Williams Auto Body, for the use of his shop for the hands-on program. And a big thank you to Broadway Automotive and LeMieux Toyota for providing some vehicles for the program.”


Sponsors included Acuity Insurance, BASF, Broadway Automotive, Finishmaster, Gandrud Chevrolet, Keystone Automotive, LeMieux Toyota and PPG.


For information on WACTAL, visit

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