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Monday, 15 June 2020 18:52

TCRA Welcomes Josh Kent as Executive Director, Establishes Interim Board of Directors

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The Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA) was established in 2007 but has hit a lull in recent years. That’s about to change with the appointment of Josh Kent as the association’s executive director.

“I heard from some Tennessee shops that they needed an association, and when I reached out to [TCRA administrative coordinator] Georgia Thorson, I volunteered to help out,” Kent said.

 

Kent has served as the executive director of NCACAR and SCACAR since the associations were founded four and two years ago, respectively, until the groups combined to become the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) earlier this year. CCA and TCRA will continue to operate separately, with Kent extending his obligations to include TCRA.

 

“It’s no secret that I’ve never worked at a shop, but I attend events and training classes to ensure I know what’s most relevant to the industry right now," Kent said. "Most importantly, I bring passion and drive to this new role with TCRA, as well as my experience with CCA, which has grown to nearly 100 members.

 

"I have a lot of ideas to bring to TCRA. Because I’m not working in a body shop all day, it’s easier for me to build the association up than it would be for a shop owner attempting to run their business and the association.”

 

This claim is substantiated by the fact that, in just two weeks, TCRA’s membership has nearly tripled.

 

Because of the geography of Tennessee, attempts at collaboration have previously been unsuccessful. Though TCRA has been focused on the western portion of the state in the past, Kent said he hopes to unite the state by organizing educational classes, quarterly meetings, chapter meetings and “anything we can do to help shops be better."

 

"We need to establish our mission and our bylaws for TCRA, and then we want to set up trade show, consumer and legal committees," he said. "We are going to have meetings in all parts of the state because we want TCRA to offer statewide coverage.”

 

In order to secure Kent’s appointment and to move forward with strengthening the association, TCRA also appointed an interim board.


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