Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:43

IACA to Host Kristen Felder for One-Day Educational Event

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...provide a powerful unified front, so that we can stay competitive.


"This involves by supporting legislation that will benefit us and fighting legislation that might negatively impact us now or in the future. Every business needs a voice, and that’s the role we want to play at IACA," Cope continued. "Plus, by sharing information and providing education like these classe with Kristin Felder, we can all be better business people and industry leaders.”


Founded in the 1980s, IACA was established to be an active voice in the industry until the late 1990s, when the association fell apart and dissolved due to a lack of participation. In 2012, Thornton and two other shop owners decided to re-form the organization by scheduling an initial meeting that attracted more than 40 people.


After affiliating themselves with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) in the fall of 2012, IACA held a second, more formal meeting in November 2012, which attracted nearly 60 attendees and featured presentations by Bruce Halcro, then chairman of the Montana Collision Repair Specialists (MCRS), and Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS.


One of IACA’s primary goals is to provide relevant educational events and vendor presentations. Since reorganizing, IACA has hosted several sessions with Mike Anderson from CollisionAdvice.com, with help from Axalta Coatings. They’ve also met with their state’s Department of Insurance and several state legislators as they explore legal options for correcting industry issues.


Several years back, IACA hired a lobbyist to guide them through the legislative process. Recently, they also produced a TV commercial to educate consumers about the collision repair industry in Idaho.


Source: IACA

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