The meeting began with ABAC President Tony Ferraiolo welcoming attendees and expressing gratitude to the evening’s sponsors who included primary sponsor Bald Hill Motor Group as well as co-sponsors Kent Automotive, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Paul Francis & Co. After thanking newsletter advertisers and ABAC’s corporate sponsors for continuing to support the association, Ferraiolo discussed the status of ABAC’s current initiatives before introducing John Parese, Legal Counsel for ABAC, who provided updates on current legal proceedings that the association has undertaken.
Before dinner, ABAC held their election of officers, but the team nominated and elected to serve for the 2014–2015 term reflects no changes from the current team. A&R Body Specialty’s Tony Ferraiolo will continue to serve as President, with Ed Lupinek of Eddie’s Auto Body filling the role of Vice President. Mark and Mike Wilkowski of Stanley’s Auto Body will serve as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Ferraiolo also acknowledged ABAC’s Executive Administrator, Heather Romaniello, for “the amazing job that she has done behind the scenes for the ABAC.”
Finally, proceeding to the featured speaker segment of the meeting, Ferraiolo reintroduced Larry Montanez, Education and Training Advisor for P&L Consultants, who continued the educational seminar he began at ABAC’s meeting on March 18, 2014. After answering questions posed about the first part of his presentation, Montanez continued to cover the following topics: metallurgy; estimate writing (damage assessment); knowing the procedural pages; following SOPs; trial fitting parts; how to calculate feather, prime and block; non-included SRS precautions; frame set up (Mitchell/Audatex/ Motor); shop materials; wheel installation for mobility; labor time rules; welding; partial refinish, full clear; and refinishing times, among other subjects.
Montanez believes that everyone in attendance was really receptive to what he had to say. “Everyone seemed to realize that they need to understand the procedural pages between the three estimating programs and about the non-charged items that need to be attended to in the estimate. We talked about the changes in the complexity of procedures and how manufacturers are requiring different methods to repair certain items now. We are also seeing more and more of these changes with aluminum, starting with the Ford F-150’s aluminum frame. A few participants mentioned that some of the predictions I’ve made in past years have come to fruition… I felt very welcome and appreciated. I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with ABAC as well as with other places I visit in the Northeast corridor.”
The ABAC is grateful to Montanez for taking time to present such valuable information to their members which can be used to become more effective in their daily business operations. Ferraiolo and ABAC also extend an invitation for shops in CT to join them as they move towards the future of the collision repair industry, urging everyone to “be part of the solution!”