Shelly Jones, chair of the St. Louis I-CAR Committee, began by informing everyone that all of their 2018 committee goals were achieved and some of their 2019 goals have already seen progress. She also announced that the position of marketing vice-chair is open.
“It was exciting to have a couple people speak up and ask to learn more about how they can help the committee and the industry,” she said.
John Helterbrand, vice-chair of training, shared some exciting news about the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) hosting a new contest the week of the St. Louis I-CAR Committee Job Fair. Details on the contest are not yet available.
Education coordinator and job fair coordinator Gene Slattery recounted the success of the 2018 Job Fair and announced that the 2019 Job Fair will be held at Gateway Motorsports on Sept. 27, during NHRA qualifications. Online registration and payment will be offered this year, allowing participants to pay online through a dedicated website as part of the group’s efforts to streamline the process for those participating and for the committee. Job fair packets with partner registration information are now available.
Jones shared, “It will be another great year for students to come to a fun event and interview with potential employers. Again this year, we anticipate 1,000 students to attend from Missouri and Illinois schools: 750 students from automotive and collision programs and 250 STEM students from high schools and colleges.”
Robbie Saladino, I-CAR business development for the South Central Region, also attended the meeting and provided the group with a lot of information during his update.
According to Jones, “These meetings are perfect for those that want to ask questions, and ours is an interactive group.”
The St. Louis I-CAR Committee will next meet on March 15 at Ranken Technical College.