In addition to this major change, elections for the 2015/2016 Board members were held. Past Secretary, Matt Tarzia of Mike’s Towing & Collision, was elected as Chairman, while the Vice Chairman will be Gene Crutchfield of Fairfield Collision. Alex Pesarik of B & D Autobody was elected Secretary, Ray Jacobs of R & C Autobody will serve as Treasurer, and Mike Tarzia of Mike’s Towing and Collision will serve as immediate past Chairman for the association.
Attendees also received an overview of Honda’s new Certified Body Shop program which will launch in the first quarter of 2015, presented by Ted Marsh, Collision Select Market Manager for Honda. A tour of the parts distribution center was also given to allow association members a chance to witness the facility’s operating warehouse environment and their technician training center.
The monthly membership meeting went excellently according to Siembab. “It was standing room only! There were lots of questions regarding the certification process.”
Siembab believes that monthly meetings are important for association members because “our mission is training and education and improving our image within the industry. Events like this – a venue that few have access to – was very important. In other words, how would they have ever gotten to join a tour of the Honda parts warehouse, unless they were part of CCRS that has the connections and make it happen?”
For 2015, CCRS has added a new activity for members called “Shop-Talk Over Cocktails,” or “SOC,” events which Siembab describes as “a casual gathering for shops to get together and share ideas/issues that they are dealing with. It is not a formal meeting but rather a social time for them to just discuss things and network with each other or perhaps to help someone else! It was very well-received and well-attended when we had our first one in December.”
The other areas that the association will be focusing on this year include Shop Financials, New Technology in terms of aluminum and carbon fiber, Estimatics, and Human Resources.