A manager from a Omaha, Neb. dealership chain who attended more than a dozen virtual Repairer Driven Education sessions was rewarded for his scholarship with SCRS’ annual raffle prize.
Woodhouse Auto Family process, procedure and training manager James Rodis was randomly selected to win a tool and equipment package worth more than $19,500, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists announced Thursday.
The collection, donated by Reliable Automotive Equipment, included a new X-pac Riveting System and X-press toolbox, a Wieländer+Schill WS60 workstation steel dent puller with AP95 airpuller, a Flexi Therm Multi-heating pad-System, a WS90 Vario Drill and a WPS 4000 Body Saw.
“We are always looking for ways to give back to an industry and an organization that we are very passionate about,” RAE President and SCRS board member Dave Gruskos said in a statement. “This program was a special one to be a part of this year. To me it showed the resilience of the industry and its leadership, in finding way to circumvent the challenges that presented themselves, and continue to produce content that I was personally very proud to be included in. I’m thrilled to see stories like James’ who put a lot of effort into being a part of the event as a consumer, and I’m just honored for the chance to give back
SCRS has annually given away a prize package during the annual SEMA Show, which traditionally serves as the venue for the organization’s Repairer Driven Education series. This pandemic year, SCRS held the RDE series online Nov. 2-6 concurrent with the virtual SEMA360.
Attendees who registered for a Repairer Driven Education course and watched at least 90 percent of the class received a raffle ticket. Each additional course completed to at least 90 percent earned another entry.
“It’s also awesome to see one of our members really embracing the material, and dedicating their time to be a student in their business, SCRS Chairman Brett Bailey (A&B) said in a statement. “This was exactly what we hoped would occur with the new online delivery mechanism, and this generous donation from RAE, Inc couldn’t have found a more deserving home. We appreciate Dave and his company stepping up to provide opportunities like this and the immediate value in ROI this prize package creates for the industry by encouraging education.”
Rodis, who also sits on the board of the Nebraska Auto Body Association, was a student at 14 of the sessions prior to the drawing Nov. 9.
“I am SUPER EXCITED to win this year’s great prize,” Rodis said, according to SCRS. “Woodhouse has always allowed me to do pretty much any training I have wanted and I was pretty happy to be able to win this for our company. The tools in this package would make any leading-edge repair facility proud to own, and I can’t believe my name was selected for them.”
All classes will be available online for subscribers to replay through Aug. 31. Shops who missed Repairer Driven Education 2020 the first time can still register to watch and replay individual courses or the full series through then as well.
“The training this year was top notch,” Rodis said, according to SCRS. “The sessions are something I will watch multiple times through the year just to burn it into memory. I hope the attendance was high, because too many shop’s get caught up in the day to day of running a business but these sessions are very clearly designed to help grow your business. I just want to thank all the great presenters for their time and dedication to the industry. I learned a lot, and have already started sharing the content within our business.”
“James is right, we all owe a great deal of thanks to the speakers in the program this year,” Bailey said in a statement. “2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but these folks all went extra lengths to help us develop material that can live up to the industry’s needs and that will continue to deliver value throughout the year.”
Society of Collision Repair Specialists, Nov. 19, 2020
Woodhouse Auto Family process, procedure and training manager James Rodis was randomly selected to win a tool and equipment package worth more than $19,500, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists announced Nov. 19, 2020. (Provided by SCRS)
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists in 2020 raffled off more than $19,500 in equipment from partner Reliable Automotive Equipment. The collection includes a new X-pac Riveting System and X-press toolbox, a Wieländer+Schill WS60 workstation steel dent puller with AP95 airpuller, a Flexi Therm Multi-heating pad-System, a WS90 Vario Drill and a WPS 4000 Body Saw. (Provided by SCRS)