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The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association held its August 7 meeting at the Hilton Shreveport.  About 80 members attended, with a combination of collision repair shop owners, dealership owners, parts vendors and automobile manufacturers.

The meeting was brought to order by Bill Burnside, NWLCRA Secretary-Treasurer, who also read the anti-trust statement. Ben Sanders, owner of B&S Collision, gave the prayer. Chris Shepherd, collision repair instructor at Louisiana Technical College, introduced two students who competed at the national SkillsUSA competition. Adam Townsel placed 18th and Hector Diaz placed 21st. Shepherd said it has been quite some time since LTC has participated in SkillsUSA, and he was proud of his students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to Adam and Hector!

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:42

TIAA Becomes Newest SCRS Member

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced that the Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) has become its newest affiliate member.

Headquartered in San Antonio, TIAA was created to serve the needs of its Texas-based membership, which consists of independent owners of automotive or collision repair facilities. United by a commitment to a code of ethics that promotes professional and quality service to consumers at a fair price, TIAA strives to maintain a personal touch in addressing the needs of the consumer looking for collision repair services.

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) is a Leesburg, Va.-based regulatory body whose sole purpose is to ensure quality auto body training and education. NATEF continuously evaluates courses and subjects being taught in collision repair schools.

In Texas, there are 11 NATEF-accredited programs, comprising seven high school and four post-secondary programs that serve students and industry in the Lone Star State, reports Trish Serratore, president of NATEF, Three of the secondary programs are at Trimble Tech, Pasadena and San Benito high schools. All use the I-CAR curriculum.
The Fort Worth Independent School District has its only Collision Repair Program at Trimble Tech High School, says its instructor, Roger Alfaro, ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair/Refinishing Technology and Estimating. Dr. Alma Charles directs all CTE programs at FWISD.

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James Brown, President of the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA), made a special presentation to the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) at their open board meeting held in San Antonio, TX on July 17.  The meeting preceded the Collision Industry Conference.

Brown gave a report on the association's recent efforts to address proposed changes to the Consumer Bill of Rights with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).

Service King Collision Repair Centers, a Texas-based operator of collision repair facilities in the San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth markets, has agreed to purchase Bordelon Collision serving northern San Antonio and the Hill Country.

This will be Service King’s 9th new collision center within the San Antonio marketplace and 49th throughout Texas.

Regulators announced in May that the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association (TAIPA), the state-run coverage program for high-risk motorists, would be increasing overall rates by 24.1 percent.