On Oct.18-19, the Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) hosted its 2019 Annual Education Day at the SW Holiday Inn in Lincoln, NE.
According to NABA President Dave Yard, “NABA’s 2019 Education Day was awesome! This day was jam-packed with information. This was not a venue for airing or whining about industry issues. This was all great information, and I would say this was the best event we have had as of yet.”
The event began on Friday, Oct. 18 with a Meet and Greet which featured guest speaker Deric Krist of Kri-Tech Solutions, LLC. Yard stated, “Around 40 to 50 people met up in the lounge, while Deric informed us about keying estimates.”
The next day, Yard and NABA Vice President James Rodis welcomed attendees and issued an update about the NABA, where they briefly discussed the association and its goals. Next, Dave Dunn from Masters School of Autobody and Dave’s Autobody presented “How to Market Your Business.” Tom Tracy, owner of Tracy’s Collision Center, was very satisfied with Dunn’s presentation. He stated, “Dave Dunn is amazing. He has many great ideas, and not only is he full of great information, but he is also very entertaining.”
On Saturday, Oct. 19, Tim Morgan of Spanesi presented “What Are You Missing on Frames,” where he broke down all the steps required in structural repairs. Yard recalled, “Tim explained clearly how each job has many steps, and how each job can be different, even though the industry has only accepted set up and pull at a nominal rate of pay as a standard.”
The morning’s sessions concluded with “Interactive Estimating Session,” presented by Mitchell International’s Ementi Coary who discussed OE procedures and demonstrated how Mitchell is incorporating those procedures into their estimating software. Participants then broke into groups for an opportunity to test it out.
Following lunch, Robert Grieve of SCRS and Nylund's Collision provided an “Update From SCRS and What They Look for During a PRI.” He also discussed post-repair inspection, loss of value, and shared information about what post-repair inspectors look for. On top of that, Grieves shared anecdotes about some of the things they have found.