It’s SEMA time, and amid the bustle of preparing to travel or getting your booth squared away, it’s possible some of you might have missed an announcement of an event or two.
Repairer Driven News has your back. Here’s a roundup of things you might want to add to your itinerary:
Society of Collision Repair Specialists
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists goes big at SEMA with its weeklong Repairer Driven Education series running Monday through Friday. Prepare for the lineup with our coverage leading up to the event:
The event will launch Monday with a special 1 p.m. workshop featuring Paul Webb and Elle Artison of Paul Webb Training, whom SCRS said made a significant impression at the BMW Certified Collision Conference.
The regular-session Repairer Driven Education courses will run Monday-Wednesday. Plan your schedule at SCRS.com/rde.
More details about some of the concepts being discussed can be found in some of our prior coverage:
The headliner OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held Thursday, as will the can’t-miss Sky Villa afterparty.
The whole series concludes on Friday with the rapid-fire IDEAS Collide event, which holds speakers to just 10 minutes each.
But wait, there’s more! Wednesday morning will also feature the third annual Red Carpet Awards Breakfast (put on with help from the Automotive Management Institute and BodyShop Business), and Friday afternoon will see SCRS and Spanesi raffle off a $30,000 Spanesi Touch measuring system package at the trade group’s booth. Learn more:
Finally, the SCRS booth will host two other special events. On Tuesday and Wednesday, shop owners can meet with financial experts about SCRS’ member 401(k) plan. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, estimators can check out demos of SCRS’ new automated “Guide to Complete Repair Planning – Blueprint Optimization Tool” software, which has also been entered in the SEMA New Products Showcase. Find out more:
Collision Industry Conference
One of the other key events SEMA Week is the quarterly inter-industry Collision Industry Conference summit scheduled for Tuesday. Don’t miss your chance to learn about issues possibly affecting your body shop — and to debate them with other stakeholders, such as insurers, vendors, and information providers.
Meet the 2019 CREF Student of the Year, New York high schooler Samantha Welch, at the Tuesday night Collision Repair Education Foundation gala. (RSVP here.)
We didn’t cover these items, but here’s a few other industry gatherings/events we know of that you might wish to attend SEMA Week. Click on the links to find out locations.
Monday, 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: National Auto Body Council open meeting.
Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m.: I-CAR SEMA education sessions.
Wednesday, 9-11 a..m.: Collision Industry Foundation open board meeting. No online event listing exists, but a CIF representative told us in an email it’ll be in Westgate meeting Room EBL 377.
Wednesday, noon-1:30 p.m.: National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides luncheon and awards. RSVP here. BodyShop Business reported that a Hall of Eagles induction ceremony will occur as well.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m-noon: Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association board meeting. (First part of the meeting is open to the public.)
A scene from SEMA 2018. (Provided by SEMA)
Collision Industry Conference Chairman Jeff Peevy (Automotive Management Institute) speaks to the Collision Industry Conference on Oct. 15, 2019. (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)