Monday, 09 August 2021 18:18

AASP/NJ, WMABA Announce NORTHEAST 2021’s Collision P.R.E.P. Schedule


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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) and the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) are pleased to announce the program schedule for this year’s Collision Professional Repairer Education Program (Collision P.R.E.P.), which will be held live and in person at the 2021 NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, Sept. 10-12 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

After more than a year of virtual educational programs, repair professionals can now fill seats in a classroom setting once again to see and hear from some of the best presenters in the industry.


Oregon-based shop owner and educator Ron Reichen, of Precision Body & Paint, is set to travel to New Jersey for the NORTHEAST debut of his course, “Structural Identification for Profitability---Knowing and Understanding Structural Damage.”


In light of the demands facing today’s industry, it’s no surprise he intends to use part of his discussion to emphasize the importance of OEM-recommended/required repair procedures.


“It couldn’t be more important than it is now […] You can’t assume [the procedures will be the same] because you did that repair a month ago on the same vehicle," Reichen said. "You have to pull out that OEM repair procedure again and again, because the manufacturers change them very frequently.”


Reichen is excited to finally present in front of actual people as opposed to attempting to get his points across over a computer screen.


“In an in-person class as opposed to a Zoom meeting, it just seems like the participants and attendees are more comfortable asking questions as they come to their mind," he said. "That’ll spur a thought in another attendee, and we really get into a good discussion.”


The 2021 Collision P.R.E.P. will also feature the return of veteran NORTHEAST presenter John Shoemaker of BASF, who will preside over the Sept. 11 course, “Productive Refinishing Processes.” His presentation will explore...

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