The Society of Collision Repair Specialists last week announced it would in April hold its first live open board meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.
The event, scheduled the same week and at the same Arizona venue as the spring Collision Industry Conference, will also include SCRS’s annual elections. However, SCRS plans to postpone its annual industry awards and corporate member recognition luncheon “until such time that more corporate travel restrictions have lifted, allowing us to recognize our supporters properly.”
Everyone — SCRS members and nonmembers alike — is welcome to attend the SCRS open board meeting from 8:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. The event is free. Attendees are asked to RSVP to email@example.com “so that we can set the room appropriately to accommodate for social distancing during the meeting,” the organization explained.
The SCRS meeting will end in time for CIC, which will be held in-person and virtually at the same hotel from noon to 5 p.m. April 21 and 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 22. Due to local coronavirus restrictions, the in-person CIC will only be open to Gold Pin members; everyone else can participate virtually.
“This will be the first live Open Board Meeting since January of 2020, and the board welcomes everyone wishing to learn more about the association’s ongoing activities,” SCRS wrote in a news release Friday. “The meeting will include updates from SCRS staff, special presentations and updates from SCRS committees, sharing what they have undertaken on behalf of the membership.”
The election, which will occur after the close of the open board meeting, will involve four board seats and is open to current designated members of SCRS member businesses. Per SCRS bylaws, voters must be present to cast a ballot.
To become an SCRS member, visit www.scrs.com/join-scrs. To change the designated voting member for your organization, complete and return the necessary form to SCRS before the close of business on Wednesday, March 31.
Voters will decide who should fill the four board seats currently held by Chairman Brett Bailey (A&B), Michael Bradshaw (K&M Collision), Dominic Brusco (retired, formerly PPG), and Paul Sgro (Lee’s Garage).
Bailey’s two-year term as chairman is ending, and he’s term-limited. Brusco has opted not to run for a third term.
Bradshaw (N.C.), Todd Hesford of Community Collision Centers (Calif.), Domenic Martino of Gold Coast Auto Body (Ill.), Josh McFarlin of AirPro Diagnostics (Fla.), Sgro (N.J.) and Andy Tylka of Tom and Ed’s Autobody (Ind.) are all candidates for the four seats. (See bios.) The top four vote recipients out of these six will be elected or re-elected to the SCRS board.
They’ll oversee an organization that as of Friday had ties to 6,000 collision industry companies and 58,500 professionals either through direct membership or through 40 affiliate associations.
SCRS Vice Chairman Bruce Halcro (Capital Collision Center) is also term-limited. However, the association’s bylaws offer an opportunity for the vice chairman and chairman to serve additional two-year stints.
“In the event that a board member is elected to serve as a Vice Chairman or Chairman, they will be exempt from board seat elected term limits,” the SCRS rules state. “The Vice Chairman and Chairman may not serve more than 2 years in the same position, and must be elected to the position.”
Halcro will also have an opportunity to seek a two-year term as SCRS chairman. That role and all other executive committee positions are decide by a vote of the board.
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Society of Collision Repair Specialists, March 12, 2021
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