The seminars featured Larry Montanez of P & L Consultants, who presented information on a variety of industry topics, including labor rates and new repair technology. According to Jeff McDowell, president of AASP/NJ, "One of our top priorities is to make sure our members are educated and prepared for the regulations required. Having someone as knowledgeable as Larry come in and help us with that is invaluable. Our goal is for all the collision repair shops in the state to join AASP/NJ so that everyone is educated and in compliance."
Designed to inform AASP/NJ members about industry changes and where to acquire the information necessary to succeed, Montanez's presentations covered hot topics, such as pre and post-scanning and the importance of diagnostic checks and other safety requirements. "We also discussed changes in materials and vehicle structures as well as joining methods and certification requirements," Montanez added. "Those who attended left feeling as if they'd gotten caught up on what have been the big changes in the industry and with vehicle design."
Montanez's insights and probing questions kept attendees engaged for the entire two-hour seminar. These seminars were open to non-members in addition to AASP/NJ members, as the association encourages all collision repair professionals to acquire this important information. All attendees received training certifications which will apply towards the shops' 2016 New Jersey Auto Body License.
For more information on AASP/NJ, visit www.aaspnj.org.