The Tennessee Collision Repair Association (TCRA) has been gaining momentum the past few months, and their efforts were on display at the association’s first quarterly meeting, held Nov. 5.
Although TCRA has collaborated on some training with the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA), this was the association’s first solo meeting since Josh Kent assumed the role of executive director earlier this year.
Kent opened by welcoming attendees and reading the antitrust statement, and then, he facilitated introductions with over two dozen attendees sharing what they want from TCRA.
Association leadership and members, along with vendors and sponsors, discussed their mutual desire to grow the association and improve the collision repair industry in Tennessee. A local vo-tech instructor expressed an interest in examining the disconnect between students and the industry.
TCRA President JMark Smith explained that the association’s goal is “to make sure cars are repaired correctly. We want vehicles fixed right. OEM procedures must be followed by every shop, and we’d like to see legislation that would force shops to make safer repairs. Our industry needs training---there’s so much to learn, and we want to provide training all across the state.”
After agreeing “there’s only one way to fix a car and that does not change from state to state,” Kent offered a quick overview of the association committees, shared that 28 new members have joined TCRA in the past four months and announced the association has obtained its tax ID.
“Everything we do is about fixing cars properly, and we want to provide the training and knowledge for you guys to thrive,” Kent said. “This is a team effort, though. We aren’t going to tell you how to run your business; we’ll give you the tools to make educated business decisions, but those decisions are ultimately yours to make.”
TCRA Member at Large Randy Haranin of PPG introduced the evening’s featured presenter, PPG’s Mike Gunnells, who discussed...