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Southeast Collision Conference Brings Together 3 State Associations, Industry Speakers

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Pictured, left to right, are Josh Kent, executive director of CCA, GSCA and TCRA; Chris Hedrick, general manager of Statesville Collision Center, named “Most improved shop of North Carolina;" Marc John, from Statesville Collision Center, who was named Technician of the Year; and Kyle Bradshaw, president of CCA and director of Fixed Operations at K&M Collision. Pictured, left to right, are Josh Kent, executive director of CCA, GSCA and TCRA; Chris Hedrick, general manager of Statesville Collision Center, named “Most improved shop of North Carolina;" Marc John, from Statesville Collision Center, who was named Technician of the Year; and Kyle Bradshaw, president of CCA and director of Fixed Operations at K&M Collision.

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Collision repair skills training, live product demonstrations and the John Eagle Honda Fit vehicle were all part of the Southeast Collision Conference, held June 23-25 at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, SC.

The event, held in partnership with Assured Performance Network and Collision Hub, was hosted by the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA), Gulf States Collision Association (GSCA) and the Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA).

 

“It was really good seeing shops coming together,” said Josh Kent, executive director of CCA, GSCA and TCRA. This was the first time the associations gathered for a conference in person since the pandemic.

 

“The event exceeded our expectations,” said Kyle Bradshaw, president of CCA and director of fixed operations at K&M Collision. “We had a great time and I’ve had a lot of really good feedback.”

 

The goal of CCA is to better the collision repair industry. The nonprofit organization focuses on continuous improvement through training and support for members and business partners to facilitate safe and correct repairs for consumers.

 

Bradshaw said some of the larger collision repair conferences can be intimidating and many people don’t have the luxury to take off time and leave their businesses to travel across the country.

 

“People have a desire to better themselves and that is really the goal of the conference,” he said. “We felt like we definitely accomplished that and we’re excited about the momentum we have.”

 

Platinum conference sponsors included Calibrators of the Carolinas, Lombard Equipment and ShopFix.

 

On the first day of the event, Collision Hub held a training day, with more than 80 attendees. Kristen Felder, COO of Collision Hub, discussed negotiations and total loss claims, and Rachel James, financial advisor and field director for Northwestern Mutual, provided a high-level overview of body shop finance and employee payment/retention plans.

 

Felder said the goal of a Collision Hub training event is to give shops...


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