On May 17-19, the North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) and the South Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (SCACAR) hosted the first-ever Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference (CECC) at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC.
“Hats off to Josh Kent for putting this great event together—he did an amazing job,” said NCACAR President Brian Davies. “It takes a small army to create a successful conference. NCACAR and SCACAR are grateful to all of the industry leaders who provided support, advice and insight with organizing the event as well as our guest speakers and our main sponsors: PPG, Axalta and Carolina Collision Equipment.”
The CECC featured numerous informative seminars from some of the industry’s favorite presenters, including John Shoemaker of BASF, asTech’s Jake Rodenroth, Mike Lanza from Sherwin Williams, ATI’s Keith Manich, Collision Advice’s Mike Anderson and an unexpected appearance by Mike Jones of Discover Leadership Training.
Kent, executive director of NCACAR and SCACAR, pointed out, “Mike Jones was not even scheduled to speak at our conference, but he surprised us by showing up anyway and joining Mike Anderson on stage. Mike and Mike are always amazing speakers, especially when they team up together.”
The CECC began on Friday, May 17 with an intimate roundtable discussion during dinner which was sponsored by Axalta. In addition to current and prospective board members from NCACAR and SCACAR, the roundtable included special guest speakers Aaron Schulenburg of SCRS, WMABA’s Jordan Hendler and Barry Dorn, and Aaron Clark from the Assured Performance Network.
“Josh Kent started off with introductions and shared his vision of building strong yet healthy associations for both North and South Carolina. The goal of the dinner was to hear from the industry’s best association leaders and key players on how to better organize, drive and grow both the NCACAR and the SCACAR,” said Sarah Myers-Daniels, president of SCACAR.
Hendler provided “a clear perspective of the struggles required to build a long-term organization that can stand the test of time and Barry Dorn shared thoughts related to leadership and how various personalities, skills and insights create different perspectives, ensuring a healthy organization,” Davies recounted.