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Thursday, 06 June 2019 16:44

HABA Celebrates 10th Annual Industry Appreciation Event

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On May 14, the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) hosted its 10th Annual Collision Industry Appreciation event at Jackson Street BBQ.

The event attracted nearly 200 Houston-area shop owners, technicians, industry vendors and I-CAR representatives who enjoyed “the best BBQ that Texas has to offer.”


“This year’s event was a great time for all with good food, comradery and a chance to get to know each other and attract new members, as well as door prizes and more,” HABA president John Kopriva said. “HABA thanks all the collision centers, technicians, vendors and sponsors who attended the event.”


HABA held a brief business meeting during the event to update attendees on the association’s recent accomplishments and upcoming initiatives which include growing the association’s membership and addressing legislative issues in Austin. According to Kopriva, “We included a business meeting during this year’s event because we wanted everyone to know exactly what we’ve done since last year’s event.”


Kopriva said HABA accomplished many of its goals this year and people were shocked.


“We had almost 100 people join us in Austin,” Kopriva said. “We talked about House Bill 1348 and I told them to not to be disappointed –more people know who we are now and we made a lot of headway.”


Additionally, Kopriva presented Larry Cernosek with the association’s President’s Award. “As HABA’s Legislative Coordinator, Larry worked tireless hours helping to prepare for House Bill 1348 and organizing Collision Day at the Capital to support and advance the bill known as the Auto Body Insurance Accountability Bill,” Kopriva said. “Thanks to Larry, we got a lot done in Austin this year.”


Among the many door prizes, attendees received a 65-inch Samsung Smart TV, a guided fishing trip, a golf bag, two Yeti coolers, a crawfish cooker and a sports watch. Darrell Dobbs of Scott Street Auto Parts donated a live auction raffle prize which included a bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey in its original blue and gold braided bag. The bag was stuffed with an undisclosed amount of money.

Tasco Auto Color placed the winning bid for the bag and then donated the money back to the Houston Auto Body Association,” Kopriva said. “PPG Automotive Refinish then matched their donation.”


HABA’s Board of Directors will be meeting in June to plan the training calendar for the remainder of 2019 and to set a date for HABA’s Annual Fall Conference. For more information on HABA, visit

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