On Thursday, September 25, members of the Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Marietta, GA for a special presentation by Barrett Smith, President of Auto Damage Experts, Inc. Smith discussed the presence of fear in the collision repair industry and how it impacts business decisions in an attempt to educate industry professionals on this rarely mentioned but all-pervasive issue.
Despite the harsh and unusual weather in the southeast portion of the country, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) has been hard at work in their efforts to strengthen the industry—they aren’t going to let a little snow and ice slow them down!
The Independent Auto Body Association (IABA), not to be confused with the Indiana association with the same acronym, is currently inactive as they restructure their leadership, but they have big plans for the future for when they’ve regrouped. Mike Causey, president of IABA, is excited about these upcoming changes and shares some information about the association.
Georgia collision repair facilities can expect increased levels of inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to continue in 2014. OSHA issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 Program and its current list of National Emphasis programs to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.
The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) began in 1938 when a group of parts jobbers in AL collaborated to form an association to represent and support their industry. Over the past 75 years, the association has experienced many changes, but Randal Ward, President of AAAS, notes three instances as having the most impact on the organization’s growth.
In existence since 1968, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) has spent the past 45 years supporting member shops and acting as their members’ voice for business and legislative concerns. The organization was founded by DC-area shops who sought to work together to combat some of the common issues facing the collision repair industry.
Getting local shops involved tends to pose the biggest challenge for most collision repair associations, and this is currently the focus for the Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA). As TCRA strives to increase their membership, Executive Director Tony Nethery shared some insight into the association and their objectives.
Arguably, the most important roles of collision industry associations is to advocate for its members rights and keep members educated on and informed of changes, both potential and real, in the industry. The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) agrees with this philosophy which is why they focus much of their efforts on hosting meetings and events to provide members with current information that may impact their businesses.
The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) recently completed its 7th Annual Labor & Materials Rate Survey for metro Atlanta and Georgia. This year, 305 shops participated in eight regions.