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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will hold the group's 30th Anniversary Celebration Tuesday, April 24th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Renaissance Oklahoma City. SCRS will honor individuals who have supported the industry through their dedication and activism with SCRS at this celebration.

There is no charge to attend, although pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is April 13th. Please RSVP to Linda Atkins by phone at 877-841-0660 or via email at info@scrs.com.

The following is the schedule of events, and please note SCRS members and industry guests are welcome to attend and participate at the Board of Directors meeting. SCRS members will have a vote in the upcoming election held just prior to the evening festivities.

Without the benefit of reliable transportation, things have been difficult for National Guard veteran John Jones of Hurst, Texas, since he returned from two tours of Iraq. To help him out, GEICO partnered with Caliber Collision Centers to provide a refurbished vehicle for Jones and his wife and two children.

GEICO donated the vehicle while Caliber provided repair services. GEICO participated through the Recycled Rides program, an awareness project that encourages members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to refurbish and donate recycled vehicles to families in need in their communities. Reserve Aid, a nonprofit organization that provides support to the families of Reserve Service Members from all military branches selected the Jones family as the recipient.

by Ed Attanasio

There are three sacred things dear to the hearts of Texans: 1) Football 2) NASCAR and 3) Bass fishing. And although there wasn’t any car racing or angling during the recent Super Bowl weekend, there was a lot of football and all of it was done Texas-style.

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On Saturday, February 4, one day before the New England Patriots met the New York Giants in the actual Super Bowl, 20 flag football teams competed in the Van Tuyl Group’s Super Bowl of Flag Football tournament followed by a trade show and two days of company meetings. The Irving-based company that operates more than 70 car dealerships’ collision centers nationwide hosted an activity-packed four-day schedule, bringing Van Tuyl management and employees, as well as collision vendors and local collision professionals together to eat BBQ, network and play some high-spirited flag football.

The entire weekend was the brainchild of Van Tuyl Group’s National Collision Director Darren Huggins, who comfortably wore several hats in creating, overseeing and implementing all of the weekend’s events. Sponsored by Van Tuyl, PPG Refinish and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the full-day flag football double-elimination tournament took place at the Stampede Sports Arena, a state-of-the-art facility in Southlake, Texas that features three artificial turf fields. Autobody News and Collision Hub were also on hand to cover the event and all the fanfare surrounding it.

The Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) held their monthly members meeting on February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the County Line BBQ on I-10 in San Antonio.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:47

NWLCRA Holds First Meeting of 2012

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association (NWLCRA) held their first meeting of 2012 on January 10 at the Country Tavern Barbecue in Shreveport, LA.

The association announced their new officers for 2012 at the start of the meeting. The 2012 Officers are as follows; President, Chris Fielder, Vice President, Ken Stephenson, Secretary/Treasurer, Bill Burnside.

The meeting’s guest speakers were Darren Moore, Regional Manager with Alloy Wheel Repair, and Adam Wright, Area Manager with Alloy Wheel Repair.

Darren began by stating that Alloy is a mobile wheel repair service; if a damaged wheel is painted, they come to your location and repair the wheel. They don’t do any welding, so if pieces of the wheel are missing, they won’t be able to repair the wheel. They are able to repair polished wheels and because the sheen on spokes may be different, they are taken on a “case by case” basis. They can straighten a wheel up to 24”, so they can repair most bent wheels. They mainly work on a schedule, but will take “emergency” calls.

They are a nationwide company, so if the wheel is repaired in our area and your customer is on vacation in California when a problem with the repair occurs, they can find an Alloy Wheel Repair shop in California for the warranty work. Alloy works out of their trucks and trailers, which are fully equipped. Because they have their own compressors, spinners, and other equipment, they don’t need to use anything in your shop.

On February 3, Chris Abraham, President of Service King Collision Repair Centers, announced the appointment of Justin Regan as the company's new Vice President of the Houston market.

In November of 2008, Abraham accepted the challenge of assembling a team to develop the Houston market with the goal of having a multi-location collision repair operation to compliment the company's success in the Dallas Ft. Worth market. Just last month, Abraham the former Vice President of Houston was promoted to President of Service King.

Abraham said, "Justin Regan is a respected and talented teammate who will serve the Houston market proud." Abraham added that Regan will continue building on their recent expansion in Houston with a new location scheduled to open in Clearlake, Texas within the next three months. Regan will continue his goals of implementing the Service King culture into a relatively new market and working closely with Service King leadership to maintain consistency within the organization between markets to ensure Service King's success.

Regan joined the Service King team in 1996. He began his Service King career as a service adviser and within a few years moved into management. Regan has managed 2 Service King locations, including the opening of the Grand Prairie facility in 2000. While under Regan's leadership, his Grand Prairie team won 5 straight Top Shops as well as the esteemed annual "Morgan Award" for the top performing location within the Service King organization.