Industry professionals gathered to discuss the association’s upcoming events as well as to vote in the organization’s secretary, Kelle Oeste of V8 Speed & Resto Shop.
WAC Vice President Jess Crump shared, “We had a good turnout and a few guests. I think this was a great meeting to sit in on and get to know the group and what we are up to currently.”
The association has plans to attend three events in September: a Jefferson College job fair in Hillsboro, MO, an I-CAR job fair at Gateway Motor Sports and Enterprise’s Golf Tournament.
Sheena Wagner, sponsorship coordinator for WAC, said, “WAC is very important to this industry---it is our job to create career awareness about this industry. Techs are aging out, and we need today's youth to get involved in this industry. I don't think today's youth knows the opportunities that they have with this industry, and it is our mission to help them learn about it. Tuesday's meeting was our biggest meeting so far---it was great! Everybody that attended was very much involved in the meeting with their ideas.”
In addition to officer reports, the meeting provided a member spotlight by Rob Wagner, owner of Performance Auto Body & Meramec Heights Collision Center, who shared his story of getting involved in the industry, including opening his first shop in 1994 and his second location in 2012. Crump, who is employed by Wagner, also shared her background in attending tech school at Jefferson College and how she got involved in the industry.
Crump feels that association-sponsored events are important because “keeping everyone connected and up-to-date is a great way for us to all chat and be active with what’s going on in the industry beyond our day-to-day work.”
WAC’s next meeting will be held on Sept. 18, and the association also plans to schedule an “open house” style event in the near future. Details will be available on the group’s Facebook page as soon as they are available.