Kent stressed, “It’s important to hold an election of officers because we want our members to be involved in the association, and we want to make sure they have a voice.”
Earlier this year, NCACAR and SCACAR collaborated on the Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference (CECC), and the opportunities presented by the merger indicate the 2020 event, scheduled May 1-2, will see exponential growth. CCA will kick off the event on April 30 by collaborating with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) for a NC/SC Career Fair.
CCA has also invited other regional associations to attend in hopes of hosting an association forum on the first day of the CECC, similar to the Leadership Conference held at AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST each year. The meeting would provide a forum for the associations to discuss their successes and struggles as well as provide consensus on the more important focuses for each group.
Previously, membership dues were $350 and $400 in North Carolina and South Carolina, respectively; the membership fee will increase to $500, but the CCA believes the additional value provided through the merger will more than offset the increase in cost.