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Friday, 07 August 2020 19:12

CAA’s Sacramento Chapter is Back with Big Plans

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Mike Passof, owner of B&J Body Shop, Inc., in Rancho Cordova, CA, recently rejuvenated CAA’s Capitol Chapter and is currently looking for new members/officers.  Mike Passof, owner of B&J Body Shop, Inc., in Rancho Cordova, CA, recently rejuvenated CAA’s Capitol Chapter and is currently looking for new members/officers. 

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Before everything changed in March with the spread of COVID-19, the collision repair industry was rolling along and the economy was good.

At the end of last year, the California Autobody Association (CAA) was already undergoing some major changes, and developing some strong leadership statewide, though some of the organization’s regional chapters were either struggling or folding temporarily.

The first move to stabilize the organization was when CAA Executive Director Rick Johnson came out of retirement after David McClune stepped down due to health issues. Johnson has held every CAA position available, both locally and on the state level, over the years, and is currently looking for some major players to reignite suffering chapters and strengthen those that are still alive and well.

 

One of Johnson’s first decisions was to persuade his good friend Mike Passof to help rejuvenate CAA’s Capitol Chapter in Sacramento. A 28-year veteran of the body shop business, Passof owns B&J Body in Rancho Cordova, CA, formerly owned by Johnson for 40 years, before Passof bought it in 2009.

 

Just like Johnson, Passof wants the collision repair industry to flourish statewide, and that's why he has been a leader for CAA for many years. In 2014, he was the organization's state president after serving in every available capacity prior to that, and now he’s poised and prepared to bring new energy to the CAA Capitol Chapter.

 

To get the ball rolling back in the right direction, Passof organized a meeting late last year that covered several hot topics, “A Guide to Understanding New Electronic Authorization, BAR Jurisdiction and Storage.” More than 60 members attended the meeting and the feedback was excellent, Passof said.

 

“In the end, it all comes down to holding regular meetings to bring value to our members’ businesses,” he said. “That’s why we are always going to search out quality speakers for our meetings, because we have learned that if you build it, they will come.”

 

Passof sees a bright future for the industry, but also recognizes there will always be challenges along the way.

 

"We have had some victories, but there are roadblocks that are thrown our way all the time. The biggest challenge we have now is to promote non-adversarial relationships with the insurance companies," he said. "It all comes down to the negotiation process, but it has to be fair for all parties involved---the shops, the customers and the insurance companies."


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