Four members of the Society of Collision Specialists (SCRS) 2014-2015 Board of Directors were re-elected to the SCRS Executive Committee on April 8, 2014, during the SCRS annual meeting in Portland, OR.
Six candidates ran for four positions, including four incumbents and two new individuals who were proposed by the SCRS Nominations Committee. All incumbents were re-elected by members, so there were no changes to the SCRS Executive Committee.
The re-elected board members are Andy Dingman of Dingman’s Collision Center in Omaha, NE, Ron Reichen of Precision Body & Paint in Beaverton, OR, Brett Bailey of A&B Body Shop Inc. in Kansas City, MO, and Dusty Womble of Roger Beasley Collision Center and Roger Beasley Auto Glass in Austin, TX.
"We are excited the membership has recognized the efforts of our leadership team," stated SCRS executive director Aaron Schulenburg. "The results of this election really instill a sense of confidence that we are serving our members in the appropriate manner, and that this strong and diverse group of thoughtful and articulate collision repair representatives is well suited for their positions."
SCRS bylaws allow elected board members to hold executive positions for a maximum of two, one-year terms, and each member of the SCRS Executive Committee was eligible to maintain their current position.
SCRS chairman Ron Reichen commented, "I've accomplished a great deal in my career, but nothing quite compares to the work that we tackle at SCRS. I am fortunate to be surrounded by brilliant and hard-working individuals who have dedicated themselves to rolling up their sleeves and going to work for the industry we all love. It is an honor to carry forward with that work, and to receive such support and confidence from our members."
Though elected to a new three-year term, Reichen is serving his final eligible year as chairman, and the remainder of his term will be appointed to a replacement candidate by the incoming chairman in 2015.
In 2013, national director Jim Sowle was appointed to the remainder of immediate past chairman Aaron Clark's term. "This past year has been such an enormous, eye-opening experience for me into how engaged this board is on the issues of national importance to the industry," shared Sowle. "Like many of our members, I attentively followed the association's activity, and worked to be involved as frequently as I could; but it wasn't until I joined the board that I really could appreciate how much work this group does quietly in the background to make our industry, and our members' businesses, more successful. For anyone who has a desire to be a part of something bigger that makes a difference outside of your own four walls, this is where it happens."
Nominations committee chairman and second-generation SCRS national director Dusty Womble encourage those with similar interest in leadership positions to become engaged now. "Almost everyone sitting around this table was involved in SCRS activity long before running for the board of directors," he shared. "This group is fortunate to have regular interest from new volunteers, and the position requires a great deal of commitment and involvement. Attending the quarterly meetings and interacting with the board and membership is one of the best ways to make sure that future potential candidates have the time, energy, and support at home necessary for board members to be successful in their term. I'm honored to be able to continue on in my service, and look forward to the opportunity to work with and welcome new individuals with similar passion for improvement."