On Nov. 13, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held its quarterly meeting at Seasons in East Haven, CT.
The meeting featured a presentation by GM on "Advanced Safety Systems: Post-Collision Service and Repair."
According to ABAC President Bob Amendola, “The ABAC strives to bring in the [most] knowledgeable speakers to educate its members. This event was probably one of the best.”
Amendola called the packed house to order and expressed gratitude to attendees and sponsors for their support. He also acknowledged the ABAC News Supporting Advertisers and Corporate Sponsors before announcing the winner of the first “Name the Car/Logo” contest, which appears in the September--October 2018 issue of the ABAC News.
Amendola stated, “Congrats to Ron Sheehy of Derby Auto Body, our inaugural winner!”
Tony Lombardozzi of Superare Marketing then took the stage to provide a few details on the upcoming seminar “Winds of Change,” which will be presented by ABAC with various speakers sharing their personal experiences.
After dinner, Amendola assured members that the association is aware of the challenges shops are facing in fighting rising healthcare costs.
“Everyone is plagued by the rising cost of healthcare insurance, and we’re looking into a change in legislation this year and looking toward our auto body association group to see if we could possibly put something together as a group for a package/program that addresses the rising cost of healthcare,” he said. “We are trying to see if all ABAC members could qualify for better healthcare premiums as some large employers do. It’s in its infancy, but we just want our members to know that we are working, as your association, to help you try and fight these critical rising costs.”
Next, Amendola introduced the evening’s main speakers: Christopher Peace, product investigator for the product allegation resolution team at Raytheon Professional Services, LLC, and Jeffery Shaw, GM/ACDelco field manager for collision, powertrain and performance parts.