The meeting was held to bring awareness to the issues body shops face and the benefits of ABAT membership. ABAT held the meeting as a response to overwhelming interest in the association from shop owners and managers in that area. The resounding message for the evening was “You are not the only one” asking for certain operations, and that every business deserves to be profitable.
Craig and Rhonda Anderson, owners of Ellis County Auto Repair, hosted the event. The meeting, which had about 45 attendees, included dinner and a presentation by ABAT’s president, Burl Richards. Richards’ presentation addressed the many issues that shop owners and managers face daily in their businesses. He spoke on the problem of reimbursement for necessary processes and procedures, education and equipment needed to keep up with the “technological tsunami” we are facing, and cited remarks and quotes made by various insurance companies’ executives regarding the good business practice of raising rates and premiums.
Included was a remark made by Warren Buffet on Geico’s Stance: “Despite the competitive auto insurance market, Buffett has said that GEICO won’t follow the ‘I take a loss but make it up in volume’ mindset of competitors whom he said slash premiums too deeply with the goal of luring customers.” Said Richards who also included web citations to support this. Additionally, attendees were encouraged to fill out labor rate surveys conducted by Variable Rate Systems and www.crashnetwork.com.
After the meeting, the room was abuzz with conversation focused on the details of the presentation. Many membership applications were taken and one certain new member made an impact on the night. An auto technician from Fort Worth, Texas had heard about the meeting, attended, and joined ABAT on the spot, paying membership dues out of his own pocket.
The Auto Body Association of Texas is proud of what they have accomplished this year and will be hosting several meetings and events throughout 2017. ABAT’s showcase event of this year will be their second annual trade show happening in the fall.
To learn more about ABAT or to become a member, visit www.abat.us.