According to SCADA Executive Director Tammy Pirnik, “The convention went really well. We had around 100 attendees and 30 vendors at the trade show. Each year, we choose something different to focus on, and this year, we really focused on the training aspect. All I’ve heard is positive feedback. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, and they got a lot out of the training.”
Pirnik added, “Training is expensive, and SCADA offering it in this form is a huge cost savings for our members, plus the trade show allows them to talk face-to-face with reps from 30 industry vendors in one location and find out about the latest products and services they offer. During the convention, the California lobbyist who works on the industry’s behalf updated us all on the bills coming down in support of and against auto dismantlers, and SCADA discussed what we’re doing as an association to support those legislative efforts.”
The agenda on Friday, Sept. 6 featured roundtable discussions and a presentation on “Illegal Dismantling in California.” The evening concluded with a welcome reception.
Saturday, Sept. 7 began with a presentation by Paul D’Adamo who discussed “How to Eliminate Risks and Maximize Rewards With Takata Airbags.” In addition to a general membership meeting, lunch featured an awards ceremony where Christine Phillips was honored as the 2019 Dismantler of the Year, an award voted on by her industry peers. During the ceremony, SCADA also honored lifetime member Herb Lieberman for his contributions to the industry. The day also included training seminars with Car-Part, Hollander and Pinnacle. The evening included a trade show and buffet dinner.
In 2020, SCADA’s West Coast Auto Dismantlers Convention will be held in conjunction with the Automotive Recyclers Association’s annual convention in Reno, NV. For more information about SCADA and its events, visit scada1.com.