According to event coordinator Susan Peterson, “Educational seminars were well-received, and feedback was positive. Attendance numbers were consistent with the 2014 Convention and Trade Show.”
The Convention began on Friday morning with “Predicting Influences on Your Business,” presented by SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. In “Building Relationships,” Bill Morrison spent an hour before lunch focusing on customer relationships, and the second session explored building vendor and team relationships. On Friday afternoon, Fox Valley Web Design’s Gary Arndt discussed “Dealing with Complaints on Social Media.”
A WACTAL membership meeting at 4 pm preceded the evening’s trade show, and during the membership meetings, WACTAL officers were elected. Larry Terrien was reelected as president, with Mark Williams continuing as vice president, and Ronnie Goss serving another term as secretary. The association’s newly elected treasurer will be Sue Black.
Friday’s festivities concluded with a hospitality event. Saturday morning began with a presentation entitled “Is Your Shop on a Collision Course with OSHA and EPA Compliancy?” by Nick Hardesty, KPA. Attendees not enrolled in an I-CAR training course then had several hours to explore the trade show.
WACTAL’s 2016 Convention also offered six separate I-CAR training courses for those who wished to register in advance. On Friday afternoon, I-CAR presented Corrosion Protection (CPS01) and Automotive Foams (FOM01). Saturday morning’s offerings included Vehicle Technology and Trends 2016 (NEW16) and Cycle Time Improvements (CYC01), and in the afternoon, I-CAR presented Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety and Refinish Safety (WKR01) and Aluminum Exterior Panel Repair and Replacement (APR01).
During the event, the WACTAL Foundation Inc. held a bucket raffle with proceeds benefitting the WACTAL Scholarship program. Raffle buckets were donated by Auto Paint & Supply in Waukesha, Dean’s Auto Body in Sheboygan, Gross Auto Body in Menasha, Kolosso Toyota in Appleton, MJ Collision Center in Green Bay, Williams Auto Body in Green Bay, and the Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells.
WACTAL is also grateful for the generosity of their event sponsors: AkzoNobel, Body Shop Supply, Broadway Automotive, West Bend Mutual Insurance, Auto Paint & Supply, BASF, Dentsmart, New Marketing Group, Morrison’s Auto Parts, Motors Service & Supply, and PPG Industries.