On Sept. 28, AASP/MA hosted its Annual Fall Meeting at Supercharged Entertainment in Wrentham, MA.
The meeting was centered around the Variable Rate Survey (VRS) being performed by National Auto Body Research (NABR). According to AASP/MA Executive Director Lucky Papageorg, “The meeting was a smashing success. It was attended by approximately 125 automotive and collision repair industry professionals, and the energy level was huge! Everyone had a great time at Supercharged Entertainment, especially on the go-karts – it’s an awesome venue.”
AASP/MA has been working with NABR since May, and during the association’s Fall Meeting, NABR’s Sam and Richard Valenzuela shared information they’ve obtained through the survey so far, plus they provided a live demonstration of the system and Billable Genie. Papageorg shared, “Sam and Richard were our featured speakers after a tumultuous trip to reach us, and they gave a great presentation on very little sleep.”
“Attendees were truly excited about the prospects of what the survey results could potentially gain us,” Papageorg added. “The information available through the Billable Genie aspect of the VRS is particularly fantastic and powerful.”
AASP/MA attained Phase 1 of the project by meeting its goal of 315 surveys completed. “This makes the survey results statistically bulletproof,” Papageorg explained. Phase 2 will focus on raising awareness of the inadequate rate that repairers are currently being reimbursed in Massachusetts.
“During Phase 2, we’re going to use the documentation we’ve collected, and we have also raised our goal of completed surveys to 500 and look to increase participation in Billable Genie. From there, we can look at different ways to make our point regarding labor rate with insurers and legislators based on the information we’ve collected. We’ve already seen three insurance companies raise their rates since we’ve implemented the survey, and that’s just the beginning of the pressure we’re bringing to bear,” Papageorg added.
A week before the meeting, on Sept. 22, AASP/MA participated in the 25th Annual Ride to Defeat ALS as a corporate sponsor.