Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:35

WACTAL Announces Agenda for 2017 Conference

Written by Chasidy Rae Sisk

The Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association Ltd. (WACTAL) will hold its 2017 Conference, “How to THRIVE – Not Just Survive" on April 28 and 29.

Friday’s seminars and I-CAR class will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oshkosh, WI, with Friday night’s reception and Saturday’s classes taking place at the nearby EAA AirVenture Museum.


Following registration on Friday, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice will present “Positioning Yourself in the Collision Repair Industry and Negotiation Best Practices” from 1-5 PM. His discussion will address how to attract and increase sales in today’s competitive market as well as the evolving role of OEMs in the collision repair industry. He will also briefly cover the Who Pays for What Surveys and how to negotiate and get paid.


During Friday night’s reception at the EAA AirVenture Museum from 5:30-11PM, attendees will have the opportunity to network and to view the nearly 100 aircrafts on display at the museum as well as 30 pieces of rare WWII Nose Art currently on loan to the museum. Attendees can also enjoy the Max Flight Simulator with availability being sponsored by Body Shop Supply Co.


On Saturday morning, the conference moves to the EAA for a WACTAL membership meeting and buffet breakfast beginning at 8AM where association members must RSVP to learn about new member benefits, WACTAL’s legislative agenda and future association goals.


At 9AM, Bob Keith of Assured Performance will present “The Value of Being an OEM Collision Care Provider,” a discussion on what various OEM certification programs offer participants and what shops need to do to see a return on their investment.


Lastly, General Motors’ Jerry Temple will take the stage at 10:45AM with “SRS & Safety Systems Keep Their Ride Safe Inside.” This clinic covers the operation and diagnostic procedures of current Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS) and why they are needed. Temple will share safety procedures and service tips as well as discussing special tools.


Event sponsors include Auto Data Labels, Body Shop Supply Co., FinishMaster and PPG. Those interested in attending WACTAL’s 2017 Conference can download a registration form from The cost for the entire conference is $100 for WACTAL members and $130 for non-members.


During the conference, I-CAR will offer four four-hour courses: VT117L01, SPS10, ALT03 and WCS04. To attend these courses, registration is required at Vehicle Technology Trends and Diagnostic Overview (VT117L01) will take place at 1PM on Friday. Two sessions will be available on Saturday morning beginning at 8AM: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03) and Replacement of Steel Unitized Structures (SPS10). The final course offered, beginning at 12:30PM on Saturday, will be Squeeze Type Resistance Spot Welding (WCS04).

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