Monday, 13 November 2017 19:54

Interest Meeting for SC Association Generates Enthusiasm

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On Oct. 25, leaders from the North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) and Elite Sales and Marketing met with eight South Carolina body shop owners and the manager of a local MSO at Carabbas in Columbia, SC, to discuss founding a new association. 

According to NCACAR President Brian Davies, "The attendees were [from] progressive shops that are doing things right, and everyone was engaged and really open-minded. There was a lot of good energy, and I think it was a very successful meeting." 

Josh Kent, Director of Member Services for NCACAR, began by providing his background information and discussing some of the educational meetings NCACAR has held in the past year, such as its estimating classes and meetings with NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Kent also talked a bit about the NC association's current work on apprenticeship programs with local colleges. 

He shared, "It'll take time and the right people getting involved, but it's so important for SC shops to have a voice in their state."

Next, Jeff Franco, President of Elite Sales and Marketing Group, addressed attendees with his perspective on why it's necessary to establish an association in South Carolina. Franco also provided an overview of what these shops can expect as they work toward getting the new association up and running.

Davies contributed to the meeting by speaking about NCACAR's accomplishments, and then he and Franco sat down with shops to have a candid conversation about their next steps. 

Kent shared, "The point of this get-together was to show the seriousness of putting this together and to see who would step up to be on the first official board."

Davies added, "The goal is sustainability of the industry and to improve the South Carolina industry. I think the seed is planted and they're going to do it. These are really good shops that understand we're definitely stronger together."

Next, the group of South Carolina shops will schedule a conference call to decide on a name, elect the first board, file tax forms and choose by-laws. Then, they can focus on planning their first official meeting.

Sarah Myers-Daniels of Palmetto Paint & Body Works, a meeting attendee, expressed, “We need everyone’s help in establishing this association so that we have a voice in South Carolina. Just because you join does not mean you have to attend all meetings or you have to serve on the board. Please contact us if you’re interested in being a part of this venture. I promise it will be beneficial to our industry, and we need everyone’s support!”

For more information about the developing association in South Carolina, contact Josh Kent at 704-998-8553, Sarah Daniels at 803-432-3814, or Mitch Dean at 843-537-1249.

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