See below for a list of regional automotive association events coming up in March:
IACA To Host Meetings With Collision Safety Consultants & Mike Anderson
On March 8, the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association (IACA) will host an educational seminar with Billy Walkowiak of Collision Safety Consultants at the Oxford Suites in Boise, ID, from 6 p.m.--9 p.m. Topics during this presentation will include:
• The importance of following OEM repair procedures to avoid liability
• Quality control via post-repair inspections
• Why corrosion protection is so important
• Diminished value
The cost to attend is $50 per person, which includes appetizers and drinks. This fee is included in the cost for attendees registered for the next day’s seminar.
On March 9, IACA will host “A Day with Mike Anderson and Friends” from 8 a.m.--4 p.m. at the Oxford Suites in Boise, ID. Several presentations will be delivered during this event, including “Positioning Yourself in the Collision Repair Industry,” “Body Shop Booster”, and “PODIUM – Customers Demand Convenience and Trust.” The day will also include a special appearance by Scott Saal of Auto Data Labels and possibly others.
The cost to attend this full-day event is $50 for IACA members or $100 for non-members. The fee includes the seminar as well as a continental breakfast and lunch.
For more information about IACA and its events, visit idahocraftsman.org or call (208) 344-3582.
AASP-MO Gateway Collision Chapter Meeting To Focus on How to Benefit Most From I-CAR’s Website
On March 13, the Gateway Collision Chapter of AASP-MO will hold a meeting to introduce members to I-CAR’s new website. Robbie Saladino, south central business development manager for I-CAR, will teach attendees about what is available to them on the website and how to benefit most from its use. The meeting will be sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
For more information about AASP-MO, visit aasp-mo.org.
ASA To Host 2019 Legislative Update Webinar
On March 20, ASA will host a webinar featuring an update on the 2019 legislative sessions with Robert L. Redding Jr., legislative representative for ASA’s Washington, D.C. office. Attendees will also learn about legislation that will impact shop owners.
To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/374125719583225603.
ASA Northwest To Host March Chapter Meetings
• On March 7, the Pierce County chapter of ASA Northwest will host a meeting at the LaQuinta in Tacoma, WA.
• The Whatcom/Skagit chapter will meet on March 12 at Park Bowl Restaurant in Bellingham, WA.
• The North Sno-King meeting will be held on March 14 at Alfy’s Pizza in Everett, WA
• The South Sno-King chapter will meet on March 21 at Renton Technical College in Renton, WA.
The SW Washington chapter meeting will be held on March 25 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA.
For more information on ASA Northwest, visit asanorthwest.com.
ASA-AZ To Host March Meetings
ASA-AZ will host a Tucson Automotive Roundtable on March 5 at El Corral Restaurant in Tucson, AZ. The board of directors will meet on March 14 via GoTo Meeting.
For more information on ASA-AZ, visit asaaz.org.
AAAS To Host March Events
The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) will host its annual Florida Capitol Days from March 26--27 in Tallahassee, FL. Additionally, the association’s Educational Foundation is accepting scholarship applications through March 31.
For more information on AAAS, visit aaas.us.
DRIVE Expo Scheduled for March 22--24
From March 22—24, DRIVE (aka Management Success) will host its semi-annual shop owner’s expo at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott in Savannah, GA. Offering innovative training and management solutions with state-of-the-art technology, the DRIVE Expo promises a unique learning experience for shop owners.
DRIVE CEO Bill Kilpatrick noted, “We seek to improve not only every independent repair business, but the community and the industry as a whole.
“The DRIVE Expo provides opportunities to network with like-minded shop owners and industry influencers. Workshops provide a valuable and unique leadership experience and an opportunity to work with other shops. By implementing cutting-edge software and technical resources, DRIVE embraces the necessity of strong automation.”
Friday will kick off a weekend of training with a highly anticipated general session, followed by breakout training specific to each segment---general repair, collision and heavy-duty truck. The EXPO hall will be open on Friday from noon--6 p.m., and the evening will conclude with an awards banquet.
Saturday from 8 a.m.--5 p.m. will offer a variety of management topics with expert guest speakers from companies such as Meritor, asTech and SCRS, to name a few. The expo hall will be open from 10:30 a.m.--6 p.m. Attendees will participate in theme night activities on Saturday night. Sunday will offer a high-energy, interactive workshop that will equip attendees with actionable takeaways on team-building and communication skills.
DRIVE is running a limited-time offer in which shop owners can receive this weekend of training for FREE. For more information, call 818.500.9631 or visit drive-expo.com.
Greater Midwest Automotive Recycler Expo To Be Held in Lincoln, NE
The Greater Midwest Automotive Recycler Expo will be held from March 29—30 at the Graduate Hotel in Lincoln, NE. For more information, visit ari-ne.org.
Colorado Automotive Recyclers To Sponsor Rocky Mountain Summit & Expo
On March 15 and 16, the Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) will sponsor the Rocky Mountain Summit and Expo held at Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs. CAR welcomes recyclers from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Idaho to gather for an informative program with speakers covering topics including regulatory compliance, increasing sales, running a self-service yard and more. The expo portion of the event will include top industry vendors that will demonstrate their newest technology and help attendees discover new uses for existing products.
Friday’s offerings include Pinnacle training, a Car-Part World Tour and Hollander Training Summit. The evening will feature an Exhibitor Appreciation Reception.
On Saturday morning, Richard Murr will welcome attendees with a presentation on “Increasing Your Sales and Presence on eBay,” delivered by eBay’s Garff Fitzgerald. Next, Theresa Colbert will facilitate a Recyclers Hot Topic Roundtable. After a short break, there will be a presentation by the Department of Labor and Department of Revenue preceding Scott Vollero of ScrapCATapp.com’s presentation titled “A Practical Approach to Leading Change in Your Organization.”
Following lunch on Saturday when the expo will be open, the educational offerings will be broken into three categories: Management, Employee and Self-Serve.
The Management session will include:
• “How to Monitor the Value of My Operations” presented by George Metos of GM Consulting
• “Environmental Safety Compliance,” presented by Sara Hamidovic from VET Environmental
• “Bounty Hunter 2019: Cash in on Recalls New App and New Opportunities for Self and Full Service Operations” and “Succession Planning,” presented by Paul D’Adams
Employee training will include:
• Hamidovic’s “Environmental Safety Compliance,” a Hollander Educational Session
• “CARCHAT Line: How to Make it Work in Your Company,” presented by Theresa Colbert of Car-Part
• “New Pinnacle Mobile App,” presented by Pinnacle’s Chris Atencio and Amanda Smith
The Self-Serve training will include sessions on customer engagement, production/operations, vehicle purchasing and vehicle monetization.
Registration is available online starting at $49 for professional recyclers. To register or obtain more information, visit coloradoautorecyclers.com.
WACTAL To Host Its 2019 Conference
On March 15 and 16, the Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association (WACTAL) will host its 2019 WACTAL Conference at the Best Western Green Bay Inn Conference Center. As usual, the event agenda is jam-packed with educational opportunities in addition to the networking possibilities offered throughout the conference.
WACTAL’s 2019 Conference will kick off with “Building a Profitable Business,” presented by Bill Kinnard, president of Grandy & Associates. Next, I-CAR Senior Vice President Nick Notte will provide an “I-CAR Update,” followed by a WACTAL membership meeting. The evening will conclude with a reception at the automobile gallery.
On Saturday, Ken Kempfer will teach a hands-on class on pre-and post-repair scanning that will be held at Williams Auto Body. Advance registration is required for this session.
Spouses will also have the opportunity to participate in the conference with three programs catered to their interests: “Make n’ Take,” “Yoga & Meditation,” and “Exercise, Eating Right and Essential Oils: Why They’re Important to a Healthy Lifestyle.”
Conference registration costs $150 for WACTAL members and $200 for non-members. Different registration options are also available for those who are only interested in attending specific portions of the event.
Current sponsors include Acuity Insurance, BASF and Gandrud Chevrolet, but additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
For information on WACTAL, to register for the conference, or to obtain information about sponsoring the event, visit wactal.com.
NCACAR & SCACAR Prepare for 1st-Ever Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference
The North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) and the South Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (SCACAR) recently announced their plans to host the first-ever Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference on May 18 and 19 at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC.
The agenda is still being prepared but promises to feature some of the industry’s favorite presenters, including Mike Anderson of Collision Advice. Stay tuned for a detailed look at plans for the 2019 Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference.