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Nagy’s Collision Specialists has expanded to seven locations in Ohio with the addition of collision repair facility, Doug Chevrolet in Akron.

“We're very excited for this partnership with Doug Chevrolet and moving into the Summit County area,” said Ron Nagy, president of Nagy's.

BASF  announced that Karen Broccardo has joined the Automotive Refinish Business group as Distribution Services Manager. She will be located in Southfield, MI. 

According to Chuck Soeder, Vice President, Automotive Refinish and Industrial Coatings Solutions, Broccardo will be responsible for sales forecasting, sales compensation administration, ColorSource Distribution administration, Customer Relationship Management Tools, and sales history and data administration.

Prior to joining BASF, she was the Sales Operations Specialist for Ricardo in Van Buren Township, MI, where she was responsible for all sales forecasting in the U.S. and was part of the global SAP implementation team.

Broccardo has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Monday, 27 August 2012 15:58

ASA-Michigan Hosts Webinar

Members of ASA of Michigan are invited to participated in a "Back to School" Collision Industry Webinar called "WHERE'S THE WORK?: Identifying Market Changes from 2007 - 2011."

As summer heads into the final stretch, it is time to prepare by going "Back-to-School" and learn about how industry trends are affecting your business. The overview will provide you with business information and practices that may cause you to adjust your marketing efforts.


In mid-July the IABA conducted a member survey they called a Parts Procurement and Insurer Interference Survey which was responded to by hundreds of shops.

Tony Passwater, Executive Director of IABA, wrote in summary: “There is no doubt the Parts Trader is attempting to transform our part procurement process into an ebay type environment, so the “cut-throating” can continue. This will only take away another piece of revenue/profit our businesses have relied upon for a sustainable future. Even though we have “ignorantly” agreed to so many concessions over the years, thinking we would get more work in our doors, isn’t it time to just say “No” ?

See pdf for survey questions and results HERE.
There are extensive comments on the survey available at the IABA website: www.iaba.info.

To contact IABA:
President Mike Hartman, Hartman Auto Body, (260) 837-2802
1st Vice President     John Idzik
John’s CarStar, (219) 322-1841
2nd Vice President Debbie Moore
Diamond Collision, (317) 272-6820
Secretary/Treasurer Lora Hackleman-Ehrenberg, Hackleman Auto
(317) 272-2225
Executive Director Tony Passwater
AEII, (317) 290-0611

In today’s collision industry, many shops and their customers would prefer not to use aftermarket parts, yet due to cost control by insurance companies, many are unable to spend the money to install original OEM parts on some vehicles. OE Reman Direct, based in Redford, MI, offers an alternative solution.

A SkillsUSA advisor, John Wilson of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Springfield, OH, won an all-expenses paid trip to SEMA, courtesy of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA).