On September 23, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held their 12th annual golf outing at the Port Jefferson Country Club in Port Jefferson, NY. Executive Director Ed Kizenberger believes the event went very well with over 100 members participating. “Starting out with the spectacular weather we had and the phenomenal job our staff, especially co-Chair Paul O’Connell, did in organizing the outing, I would say that the success of the event was evident by the smiles on the faces of our participants. This year, we had a great group of ladies and gentlemen who, by all reports, had a wonderful time, enjoying the good food, wonderful golf course and networking with fellow members at dinner. The overall support from the industry makes this a very exciting event for our association.”
Citing the comradery that develops outside the shop environment as a major benefit of associations hosting events like LIABRA’s golf tournament, Kizenberger stresses “we enjoy the fact that we can get together as an association and network with our members in a fun environment. The importance of having a social aspect to a business trade group cannot be overstated; it places faces with names and makes the whole group stronger through shared good time memories.”
On the day of the event, registration began at 11am and was conducted by LIABRA’s Flo Pratt and Vito Tandoi along with Jackie and Dominique of Competition Infiniti. After registration, participants enjoyed a barbecue lunch on the lawn before warming up at the driving range and on the practice green.
At 1pm, a shotgun-style start announced the beginning of this year’s round, a full scramble in which players select the best of each shot, drop their ball at that point and play until the ball is holed. This style of play helped keep a good pace to allow all of the golfers to get through the round before moving to the clubhouse for an hour of cocktails and appetizers, followed by a buffet-style dinner which was served at 6pm.
Before dinner concluded, Kizenberger announced the recipients of LIABRA’s golfing skills awards for lowest net score, closest to the pin, longest drive, most accurate drive and most honest golfer. After dinner, over 300 prizes were raffled off. The first Grand Prize, a mountain bike donated by Advantage Nissan, was received by Eric of Competition Toyota. Donaldson’s Subaru donated the SUPER Grand Prize, a four-day golf experience in Myrtle Beach for four people; LIABRA member Lou Giordiano of Giordiano’s Collision in Medford received this fabulous prize. Additionally, Competition Toyota and Competition Infiniti each donated a car as hole-in-one prizes.
LIABRA is grateful to their sponsors who made this event so successful, as well as to the Golf Committee and its Chairman, Paul O’Connell, whose hard work has led to LIABRA’s golf tournament being deemed one of the finest on Long Island.
In regards to the success of this year’s event, Kizenberger notes, “every year, our event grows, and this year was no exception!” LIABRA has already begun planning for next year’s tournament.
LIABRA is also very excited about their upcoming legislative program, specifically NY bill A7234/S5786 which is a proposed act that will prohibit insurers from requiring shops to use specific vendors or processes for repair parts and materials.
The legislative issues surrounding NY bill A7234/S5786 were a major topic of discussion at LIABRA’s most recent meeting which was held on Tuesday, October 15 at 8pm at Nassau Boces/Barry Tech in Westbury, NY. The association disseminated some information on the event, and members discussed the bill’s impact on their businesses. Also, Larry Montanez of P & L Consultants presented a short seminar entitled “Become a Better Estimator” wherein he used three real-world examples to discuss the difficulties of handling claims, as well as the solutions. According to Kizenberger, the meeting went very well, and over 50 shop owners attended. LIABRA’S next meeting is scheduled for November 19 to discuss new vehicle technologies.