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Friday, 19 April 2019 18:29

MSCRA To Host 2019 SARC in New Orleans, LA

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From June 14--16, the Mississippi Collision Repair Association will host the 2019 Southern Automobile Repair Conference (SARC) at the Jung Hotel, a historic landmark on Canal Street in New Orleans, LA.


According to MSCRA Executive Director Ricki Garrett, “We want to bring together body shop owners and employees with our industry partners in order to provide networking and educational opportunities that will benefit the profession. Members will also benefit by having the opportunity to hear state-of-the-art information about their profession, get hands-on demonstrations, and also have an opportunity to network and share information with their peers. There is also the opportunity to hear from political leaders and national speakers on a variety of subjects.


“We are excited to have as our emcee this year Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and political commentator Marshall Ramsey. We will have a wonderful line-up of industry speakers and will end the conference with Dave Jesiolowski, former pro hockey player and author of ‘One Decision Can.’ The conference will also feature Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who is running for governor this year.”


The 2019 SARC will begin on Friday morning with “Estimating Skills or Best Practices,” followed by “What is Lean Production & How Does it Apply to Collision Repair?” After lunch and a break for vendor networking, MSCRA President Doug White will officially commence the event with a welcome presentation, during which he will introduce Ramsey.


Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS, will deliver the keynote presentation alongside a panel of local body shop experts. Following a networking break, the evening’s reception party at the pool deck side will begin with a toast to Steve Plier, founder of SARC.


On Saturday morning after breakfast, attendees will have three classroom options: an I-CAR class, “Financial Well Being,” or “Your Liability in the World of Car Repairs.” Keith Wray and Nathan Herschbach will teach a seminar, followed by a presentation on asTech by Jake Rodenroth.


Saturday’s Lunch & Learn event will feature a look at General Motors Certification, and then attendees will take “A Look at Disaster – Visit the John Eagle Case Honda Fit.” The afternoon breakout classes will include “Estimating Skills or Best Practices,” “What is Lean Production and How Does it Apply to Your Shop?” and “R1234yf 609 Certification Class.”

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