Monday, 15 June 2020 18:52

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

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J Mark Smith, of J Mark Smith Body Shop, will serve as president; Debbie Haxton, of Dentsmart, Inc., will fill the role of vice president; David White, from David White Body Shop, is acting as treasurer; and Thorson, from Refinish Distributors Alliance, is TCRA’s secretary.


Five members-at-large were also appointed: Andy Spence, of Mitchell’s Body Shop; Randy Todd, from Todd’s Body Shop; John Baker, of Wallace Collision; Jerry Dalton, from Dalton Collision Centers; and Graham Adams, of Harper Collision.


TCRA was incorporated, established and originally operated by Bob Mitchell, of Mitchell’s Body Shop.


For now, Kent and the board are focused on building TCRA’s foundation since they cannot host meetings due to COVID-19, but once they are able to gather, they plan to host a series of meetings around the state.


“Our focus is on fixing vehicles correctly to ensure the customer has a safe vehicle," Kent said. "TCRA will provide training to show shops how to document repairs and protect their shops from liability concerns. We also want to be a resource for consumer education and develop a plan to support the trade schools offering collision repair programs.”


Kent has received much of his industry education at the hands of other association leaders.


“We all can, and should, work together to accomplish some really big things for our industry," he said. "We need to get on the same page, combine our resources and work together, even as we work individually within our organizations.


"This industry is getting tougher, and shops needs to come together to share their voice; this industry needs to amplify its voice because it’s not loud enough, and that’s exactly what TCRA hopes to do in Tennessee.”


For more information on TCRA, visit mytcra.com.

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