On Wednesday, October 7, the Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) hosted their 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA. Registration for the four-man scramble began at 9am with tee-off at 10AM and lunch served at noon. Howard Batchelor, Executive Director of GCIA, said it was a beautiful day of golf for over 80 attendees.
On Monday, August 24, the Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) hosted their monthly member meeting with guest speaker Mike Anderson of CollisionAdvice.
The rising Florida Auto Body Collision Association (FACA) has joined forces with Ray Gunder to sponsor the Ray Gunder Real-Time Labor Rate Survey in Florida.
On Friday, June 12, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) elected officers at their Board meeting, conducted during their 2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show. Randal Ward, President of the association, said, "AAAS is indeed fortunate to enjoy the volunteer leadership of this great group of automotive aftermarket professionals. Congratulations to each of these officers and directors!"
During the weekend if June 11-14, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) held their 2015 Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Sandestin Village of Baytowne Wharf in Destin, FL. The yearly event marks an opportunity for industry professionals to enjoy a long weekend filled with educational and networking ventures, and this year posed no exception.
On Thursday, March 19, the Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) held their bi-monthly member meeting at Maxwell High School. Refreshments were provided for the attendees by the school.
The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) recently held their annual Capitol Day events in MS and GA.
AAAS President Randal Ward says, “Capitol Day is an annual event facilitated by AAAS for its members. The event allows AAAS to advocate for a strong, free and competitive automotive aftermarket industry to legislators that make decisions affecting the industry.”
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) applauded the recent ruling by a West Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in December 2011 by then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw. The case attacked a collision repair facility's utilization of recycled OEM parts. The ruling in Kanawha County follows the June 2014 ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals that also affirmed the use of salvage/recycled OEM crash parts in vehicle repairs.
It’s difficult to measure the cost and affect a quality collision shop can make.
At Maxwell High School of Technology, students are learning the skills needed, and costs associated with running an auto collision operation. On January 22, those students and their instructors received an infusion of support.
Several years ago, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) began their Capitol Day initiative in Tallahassee FL with association members visiting legislators to address issues impacting the industry. Last year, the initiative was expanded to include a Capitol Day event in Atlanta GA, and this year, for the first time, AAAS members will also be visiting Jackson MS.
From October 22-25, 2014, the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) held their 71st Annual Convention and Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. With 14 countries and over 1100 U.S. attendees, this year’s convention boasted the highest attendance in recent years.
With the 2014 calendar year coming to a close and 2015 right around the corner, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) has been busy planning for next year. President Randal Ward has met with three of the association’s boards this fall in order to prepare the association’s agenda for 2015.
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.