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You know you’re planning on going to Vegas for SEMA. Don’t you want an extra $25-$50 to blow at the tables?
Register for the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show by Friday to save $25 and receive your badge before the event, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists reminded the industry Wednesday. After Oct. 16, you’ll have to pay $75 to attend the show.
Friday’s also the last day to save $25 on a full pass to all SCRS Repairer Driven Education events during SEMA Week. After Friday, the passes — which let you into any RDE event, including the Nov. 5 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and the SCRS Sky Villa after-party that day — increase to $400. Register and learn more about the classes at www.scrs.com/rde.
Even at the $400 price point, the full RDE pass could still quickly pay for itself if you’re interested in even just a handful of the sessions. Any one session costs $75 if you register before Friday and $85 afterward, and the Sky Villa party is $85 before Friday, $100 at the gate.
“The 2015 lineup of education sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday boasts nearly 30 sessions that have been specifically selected to address topics and solutions to help collision repair businesses prosper in our ever-changing industry,” SCRS wrote in a news release Wednesday. “Whether attendees have an interest in marketing, estimating, business management or technical operations within the repair facility, there is content that is designed and compiled to provide the resources necessary to set your business apart.”
Perhaps the main event of the entire week is the Thursday OEM Technology Summit, which SCRS calls “one of the most lauded additions” to the SEMA educational lineups.
“The Summit is designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology and will focus on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology, and how both of those aspects influence vehicle repairability and collision industry preparation,” SCRS wrote.
Summit guest stars include Doug Richman, vice president of engineering and technology for Kaiser Aluminum, and Blake Zuidema, director of automotive product applications for high-strength steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal.
Audi, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes and Toyota will also send representatives to discuss the evolution of automotive design and collision repair.
Onsite registration will be available at the SEMA registration area at the Westgate Las Vegas as well as outside the RDE venue of Rooms N231-N241 at the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall.
Sponsors this year included AkzoNobel, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, AudaExplore, BASF, CCC, Ford, General Motors, Global Finishing Solutions, LKQ, Paint Body & Equipment Specialists, PPG, Pro Spot, Spanesi, Sherwin-Williams and Toyota.
Repairer Driven Education companies in Repairer Driven News
Want a taste of some of the topics and expertise offered by the RDE speakers or their companies? Check out some of our past coverage:
- AkzoNobel: “Updated severity spreadsheet lets collision repairers find true shop-specific average, justify KPI deviation”
- BASF: “BASF: New auto body materials shouldn’t greatly affect refinishing side of collision repair“
- Ford: “Ford, Alcoa: Micromill aluminum on 2016 F-150 more malleable, but repair procedures won’t change“
- Sherwin-Williams: “Connecting the dots between Lean concepts and real-world collision repair results“
- PPG: “PPG: Environmental, productivity gains to spur greater waterborne paint adoption“
- Reliable Automotive Equipment: “Repairer Roundtable: Cleanliness, safety should be greater concerns for auto body shops”
- 3M: ABRN webinar: More Big 3 aluminum planned in next few years; tips offered for collision repairers
- SCRS (Toby Chess): “Welders get pop quiz on 1 mm aluminum joining ahead of I-CAR testing“
- ArcelorMittal: “ArcelorMittal exec touts auto steel’s advances, recyclability“
- Chief Automotive Technologies: “Roundtable: Failure to follow OEM collision repair procedure could be disastrous“
- Kaiser Aluminum: “Aluminum ‘debate’ guest column: Auto materials debate overlooks true winners — consumers”
- Molodanof Government Relations: Guest column: Suppliers of auto body shops should care about the BAR, protect brands in California
- Fine, Boggs & Perkins: “Guest column: Sky NOT falling on overtime for service advisers, auto body estimators after Navarro“
- CollisionAdvice: “Anderson ‘blown away’ DRPs have better luck getting paid for non-included procedures“
Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Oct. 14, 2015
Featured image: 2014 SEMA Show exhibitors, including the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, are seen. (Courtesy of Joel Gausten, Thomas Greco Publishing Inc.)