Wednesday, 06 July 2011 15:23

Houston Auto Body Association's June Meeting

The Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) held their monthly members meeting on June 28th at the UTI (Universal Technical Institute) in Houston at 7:00 pm.

The group of about 35 attendees discussed two main topics at the meeting; the bulletin recently sent out by Texas Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin and a presentation by I-CAR's Chuck Sulkala concerning changes to the I-CAR program.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin sent out a bulletin warning auto insurers that some claims settlement practices may be in violation of Texas law. Geeslin's bulletin says that reports of steering, limiting labor/reimbursement rates, and other potential unfair claim settlement practices continue to be received by his department.

I-Car and the Houston I-Car Committee hosted a special presentation on June 29 on I-Car’s new Professional Development Program with guest speaker Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council and former Chairman of I-CAR.

Since I-CAR's new program was announced in July of 2010, many questions have been raised regarding the new curriculum and the challenges that it presents to the industry.

Doug Schlueter, I-Car South Central Regional Manager, was also be on hand at the presentation to answer any questions regarding I-CAR’s new training curriculum.

For more information please visit www.habaonline.org.

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