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SCRS announces lineup for 2019 rapid-fire IDEAS Collide SEMA event

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The “IDEAS Collide” event returns for 2019 with quick-hit presentations on topics ranging from augmented reality in collision repair to what counts as a “cost of doing business.”

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists on Friday announced the 10 speakers for the sophomore year of the SEMA Week event, which resembles the popular TED Talks and limits all presentations to 10 minutes.

“It was one of our most talked about events of the series last year, and the format really seemed to resonate with attendees,” SCRS Chairman Brett Bailey (A&B) said in a statement. “There was a lot of input following the session expressing appreciation for the pace of presentations keeping it energetic and exciting.”

He said that holding the talks to 10 minutes let the audience “get exposed to a broad mix of topics and ideas that they wouldn’t necessarily have chosen to attend as a stand-alone event, but ultimately proved to be really interesting.”

The 2019 IDEAS Collide will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

The inaugural IDEAS Collide sessions from SCRS’ 2018 Repairer Driven Education are now all available on the SCRSCollision YouTube channel. See them all here.

SCRS on Friday said the “fast-paced” showcase during its SEMA Week Repairer Driven Education series was “designed to stimulate thought, innovation and resolution of business challenges with brash, outspoken and provoking concepts from thought leaders both in and out of the industry. Topics could rattle the status quo with ambitious ideas that have a transformative effect on the industry or offer keys to resolving existing market challenges.”

The 2019 format indeed demonstrates both. Here’s the speakers and descriptions. Paul Webb of Paul Webb Training will emcee.

“What if your customer could file a claim right at your shop without having to talk to their insurance company?” Ryan Taylor, Bodyshop Booster

We live in a time of disruption, and for years the body shops have had very little control over the claims process! What if the shops could be like a dentist office and had the ability to collect First Notice Of Loss information and then had the authority to file the claim on behalf of the customer?

New data out of the Insurance sector is showing that this may be a very real possibility.  In this, Ted Talk Ryan Taylor of Body Shop Booster will reveal new research and a possible path for shops who want to take back control of the claims process.

“’That’s just the cost of doing business’” Tim Ronak, AkzoNobel

Understanding the difference between a direct cost and an overhead cost can be a confusing task with today’s vehicles when repairing the physical damage along with the technology imbedded within them. Historical views of training expenses, equipment investment and facility utilization may be outdated when evaluating the current industry marketplace.

The industry is changing faster than ever before and new technologies, procedures, skills and services are being required to return vehicles back to their pre-accident state. The industry is in conflict over which procedures are considered a “cost of doing business” and which are a “direct cost of the repair.” Understanding how to explain and justify the direct costs associated with returning a vehicle back to a condition that ensures the customer is just as safe post repair as they were prior to the damage occurring is crucial if a collision repair business is going to remain sustainable. Understanding the concept of an avoidable direct cost is the key for today’s repairer to successfully navigate the reimbursement process documentation.

“How augmented reality technology could change the industry with repair information at your fingertips” Mario Dimovski, Tradiebot Industries

Tradiebot’s new software, WorxAR uses Augmented Reality to help technicians perform service repairs by accessing the latest digital repair processes and service manuals. It almost acts as a digital assistant for collision repairers performing repairs on a vehicle. The technology can also be used for training, providing access to standard operating procedures, repair manuals, real-time information on workshop jobs and intuitive training in a digital format accessible via smartphone, tablet or AR glasses.

“6 Bridge Statements – Getting To Yes'” Elle Artison, Paul Webb Training

The brain takes words literally and human beings can only act on the information they are given. Ever stop the think and forget to start again? Bridge statements take you to the start again – and that gets you to “yes!”

“Grow your own techs!” Kyle Holt, S/P2

The #1 crisis facing the automotive industry is the technician shortage. The only sustainable competitive advantage is to grow your own technicians. Learn how to recruit the next generation of technicians, as well as how implement a mentoring program to grow your own techs. Let your competitors complain that they can’t find technicians while you propel your business forward. Recruit and grow the technicians you need, and never worry about the technician shortage again!

“Collision Shops in the Connected Age” Fred Iantorno, VeriFacts

Explore the connected shop based on the enhancements within four areas: Repair process documentation; the Internet of Things in the Shop; a Blueprint of Financial messages; and, FNOL (First Notice of Loss) and Estimating in the connected ecosphere.

“‘Recall Evolution’ It’s not just the vehicle that’s changing” Wayne Mitchell, Stericycle Expert Solutions

In the wake of in what NHTSA has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” the Takata airbag recall process has had lasting impact on the automotive industry. In this presentation, we will explore what this recall means to collision repairers, ways in which the industry has already been engaged in potential solutions, and opportunities to expand the solution independent collision businesses may present to the nearly 20 affected automakers. We will sift through the potential downstream impact on the recall landscape, regulatory pressure and the evolution that has stemmed from the lessons learned.

“Process Driven Design” Judy Folk, Sherwin-Williams

The knowledge of a Process Driven Organization is rooted in the entire business system and not in the people employed there. This shift allows the collision center to continuously react to the environment to update practices/SOP and ensure efficiency in every business process. Improvement is continuous and flexible. Training becomes seamless as employees simply jump into a process with little variation. Process Driven Design means that your company will sharpen their process, working to become extremely efficient while maintaining value.

“The Future of Vehicle Electronics, Service and Repair” Doug Kelly, asTech

Ready for a glance into the future of electronic repair on today and tomorrow’s automobile servicing, capabilities and needs? This session will introduce dialog and challenges that we may face in the very near future.

“A view of transportation safety, from cruising altitude” John Goglia, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

With over forty years’ experience in the aviation industry, and serving as the first National Transportation Safety Bureau member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate, this session will allow John Goglia to reflect on a lifetime of commitment to aviation safety. From documented checklists and processes, complex records of service, and parts and procedure specifications that live as part of the history of aircraft, there are a wide variety of established practices in the aviation space that can serves as example to the automotive and collision repair sectors; many may even contribute to a greater perception of safety as a standard, rather than as an option. This is your opportunity to learn from an author on aviation safety management systems, adjunct Professor on Aeronautics and Technology and columnist for four aviation trade publications as we explore the world of aviation safety management.

The Nov. 8 IDEAS Collide is $75 if you register in advance. It’s also included in the $375 full series pass, which lets you into any Monday, Nov. 4-Wednesday, Nov. 6 Repairer Driven Education course, the three-part OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and the Sky Villa afterparty on Thursday, Nov. 7, and IDEAS Collide on Friday the 8th. Learn more at

More information:

SCRS announcement on 2019 IDEAS Collide

Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Sept. 5, 2019

“Registration Open for SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education Series at 2019 SEMA Show”

Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Aug. 1, 2019

SCRS Repairer Driven Education registration

SCRS 2018 IDEAS Collide presentations

SCRSCollision YouTube channel through Aug. 22, 2019

Featured image: John Ellis, author of “The Zero Dollar Car” and Ellis & Associates principal, speaks at the 2018 IDEAS Collide. (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)

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