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Friday, 19 April 2019 21:04

ABAT Quarterly Meetings Feature Information on DEG

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Danny Gredinberg of the Database Enhancement Gateway presented to ABAT members. Danny Gredinberg of the Database Enhancement Gateway presented to ABAT members.

From April 10--11, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its quarterly regional meetings in Austin and Dallas, attracting around 40 attendees to each event.


According to ABAT Executive Director Jill Tuggle, “The events went well. The Austin meeting serviced our Austin/San Antonio regions, and the Dallas meeting serviced the north Texas region. Everything was right on target for a great, successful meeting.”


The meetings featured a presentation from Danny Gredinberg of the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG), who talked about database discrepancies, non-included operations and p-page information.


Tuggle shared, “Attendees responded well. There was a lot of new information for some of them. The DEG was lesser-known in our southern regions and was very eye-opening for the attendees. North Texas is pretty familiar with DEG because we talk about it quite a bit as a resource for shops. It was nice for those attendees to get a more thorough understanding of the system.”


The meetings also provided information on 3M’s CRiMP platform and Vale training, which provides introductory estimating classes as well as courses for seasoned estimators. ABAT also showed video clips from the group’s testimony in Austin during the Texas Collision Capital Day, and the group discussed their ongoing legislative efforts.


“We offer this education free of cost as often as we can. We are constantly on the lookout on our members’ behalf for new resources that will be valuable to their businesses. These meetings also serve as an avenue for communication among business owners and managers,” Tuggle noted.


ABAT is looking forward to the 2019 Texas Auto Body Trade Show, scheduled for Sept. 20--21. An increase in attendance is anticipated this year with lots of new speakers and vendors to enhance the educational value of the event.


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