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Going to Seattle for this quarter’s Collision Industry Conference? Don’t forget the Society of Collision Repair Specialists events that week.
Register by Monday for a free spot at SCRS’ Repairer Roundtable and awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 20. Both events take place before CIC Day 1 starts at 1 p.m. that afternoon, so you won’t worry about having to pick between the two. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or with your Web browser here.
Repairer Roundtable: I-CAR, Audi, Tesla, Toyota
The Repairer Roundtable runs 8:30-11 a.m., and is what SCRS calls “an opportunity to ‘meet the trainer'” from certain OEMs.
“The program will feature a candid discussion with the trainers who work with repair facilities to achieve OEM certifications, and are individuals who work directly with the technicians that are going through the hands-on training programs,” SCRS wrote in a news release. “OEM trainers in these types of programs have a unique insight in the existing challenges our technical staff have as they enter the training room doors, and the skills they acquire after they leave. The conversation will address what these programs offer the industry, qualities they look at in the training and testing process. We will discuss if hands-on training makes a difference in approach, understanding and application of complex repairs, and potential deficiencies that are common in technicians who are coming into the program.”
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Panelists include I-CAR industry technical relations director Jason Bartanen; Toyota collision training administrator Joe DiDonato, as well as Toyota repair/refinish training assistant manager Eric Mendoza; Audi collision repair training instructor and curriculum designer Shawn Hart; and Tesla body repair program technical manager Kelly Logan.
The panel is particularly exciting considering the kind of news those OEMs made over the past year with lightweighting and technology like autobraking, electric cars and partial autonomy. And I-CAR, of course, has to teach and guide the industry about all of it after the hype dies down. For example:
- Audi: Aluminum helped cut 716.5 pounds out of 2017 Q7 on sale soon
- Audi to court lightweighting experts, spend $3.3B on plants, electric vehicles
- Toyota plans freeway self-driving products ‘around 2020,’ wants to cut intersection crashes with new ITS option
- Nearly all Toyota, Lexus models to have autobraking standard by 2018
- Elon Musk: Tesla Model X deserves nearly 6 NHTSA stars, harder to roll over, side-impact
- Musk: Model 3 will ace 5-star crash ratings, pre-orders at 198K day after reveal
SCRS Chairman Andy Dingman and Vice Chairman Kye Yeung will moderate.
At 11:15 a.m., SCRS will host its Industry Awards and Corporate Member Recognition lunch.
“This is an event that you won’t want to miss, and all members of the industry who are in Seattle on this date are welcomed and encouraged to attend,” SCRS wrote.
Board meeting, election
Many repairers might want to hit Seattle even sooner: SCRS will hold its open board meeting from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, and everyone’s welcome to that as well. Get updates on what the collision repair trade group has been up to during the past three months.
SCRS’ 2016 board of directors elections will take place immediately after that; all dues-paid members or designated representatives of affiliate/corporate partners may vote.
Members will have five options to fill four open SCRS board seats. Learn more about the candidates here.
CIC and other events
Also that week, the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association’s board meeting runs 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday April 20. All are welcome to the open part of that meeting, but CIECA asks that you RSVP to Executive Director Fred Iantorno.
The Collision Industry Conference itself will take place 1-5 p.m. April 20, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. It’ll continue from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 21.
Designated representatives can also attend the SCRS Affiliate Leadership Conference from noon to 6 p.m. April 21, but it’s a closed meeting for everyone else.
All of these events take place at the DoubleTree Hilton, the CIC venue.
Society of Collision Repair Specialists, March 14, 2016
R Jones Collision 1 owner Bob Jones argued Wednesday before a Repairer Roundtable that any vehicle where the OEM hasn’t issued repair procedures should be a “total loss.” (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)