On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Gateway Collision Chapter of AASP-MO held its first meeting after summer break at Syberg’s Dorsett in Maryland Heights, MO, sponsored by Mitchell International, Mid-Nite Auto Parts, Chapman & Hogan Insurance, and United Fire Group (UFG).
AASP-MO Executive Director Ron Reiling said, “We had a great turnout, and attendees definitely felt it was time well spent that provided ideas for them to implement in their collision repair facilities. Those who couldn’t make it definitely missed a great opportunity.”
Although the Gateway Collision Chapter normally meets every other month and hosts just one speaker, the group decided to hit the ground running after taking the summer off, and their Mega Meeting featured three presentations. AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter President Matt Heubner kicked off the meeting and introduced the evening’s three speakers.
David McCreight of Collision Resources presented an informative seminar on scheduling, explaining how it serves as the primary opportunity to manage level flow and overall work in progress. He described how to decrease cycle time, increase on-time delivery and profits, and relieve overall chaos in the collision repair shop by scheduling a balance input and output of repair orders.
Mitchell International’s Director of APD Content Management, Wayne Krause, called up over 40 years of automotive industry experience as he taught attendees about safe and proper repairs. The final guest speaker of the evening was Christine Star of United Fire Group who presented an overview of UFG’s program with AASP-MO.
“The sponsors and speakers exceeded the expectations of the attendees and provided exceptional information to them. It was an event filled with tons of information from our speakers and over 35 attendees,” Reiling shared. “We discussed many aspects of the collision repair industry, including problem solving for scheduling and flow, and what information providers can do for you and how they keep you up to date in the fastest-changing industry in the world. We also explored business insurance, such as ensuring that your business is properly protected, if you have the proper coverage for employee tools, whether you have coverage for a cyber-attack, and much more – we covered a lot of information from the professionals in each area of expertise that can and will benefit our members and their businesses.”
Reiling believes association-sponsored educational opportunities are invaluable to members and the industry as a whole because “This is where shop owners and managers come together as peers in a professional environment to work, learn and share together to improve their businesses and the collision industry. It is a fact that no individual shop knows as much as all of us working together.”
The next meeting of AASP-MO’s Gateway Collision Chapter will be held on Nov.13 and will be sponsored by the Automotive Technology Institute. On Dec. 11, the chapter will host its Toys for Tots Social event at Syberg’s Dorsett. For more information about AASP-MO and its future events, visit aasp-mo.org or facebook.com/AASPMissouri.