As the group grows, the association’s leadership strives to bring more value to members through training initiatives, industry updates and greater involvement with the industry at-large. NCACAR President Brian Davies is excited for all that the future holds and has been hard at work determining the membership’s needs alongside NCACAR Director of Membership Josh Kent.
On March 25, NCACAR hosted a full-day seminar on Advanced Estimating at the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Merancas Campus. The course was taught by James Spencer, Business Development Consultant for PPG’s Collision Services programs, and nearly 100 collision repair professionals were in attendance.
NCACAR also held its fourth membership meeting on Thursday, April 6 at the Noah Banquet and Meeting Center in Charlotte, NC, which was sponsored by PPG, the association’s primary sponsor. According to Davies, “The meeting was well attended by various shops from as far away as Raleigh as well as various vendors and car manufacturers from Nissan and GM.”
Davies opened the meeting by reiterating NCACAR’s mission statement, which primarily focuses on the “opportunity to continually improve the professionalism and business practices of those engaged in the collision repair industry through educational initiatives and strong leadership.”
Davies also shared insights from his visit to NJ in March when he attended AASP/NJ’s 2017 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show. He was excited to witness all the NJ association has achieved and is confident that NCACAR can mirror those successes with guidance from LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger Sr. and Collision Advice’s Mike Anderson.
Next, Casey Smith, the Collision Program Instructor from CPCC, spoke about the school’s new curriculum being constructed for body technicians to support the industry’s need for skilled techs. He urged attendees to support the program and to spread the word about CPCC’s initiatives.
After Michael Bradshaw delivered an Industry Update, Clint Rogers of Triangle Collision in Morrisville NC delivered “a great lecture on maximizing an estimate, which continued NCACAR’s focus on education and training,” Davies recounted.
The next speaker of the evening was a Nissan representative who discussed the OEM’s commitment to safely and correctly repairing vehicles. He also educated attendees about Nissan’s price-matching website, which was designed to help shops utilize as many OE parts as possible.
The last speaker of the evening was GM’s Charles Cropp, who shared information about OEConnection’s price-matching abilities and also spoke about the diagnostic systems GM uses and offers to body shops.
Next, Charles Humphreys from Wach Marketing gave a presentation on shop brand marketing and the best ways to reach the public, such as radio advertisements and social media. The meeting concluded with raffle drawings, and among the many prizes distributed, a $1000 welder was won by Robby Walker.
On April 27, Davies and NCACAR Board Members Brian Shaw and Robby Walker volunteered at the Skills USA competition held in Greensboro, serving as judges at the various stations. Davies stated,“There were about 60 autobody students broken into three different groups from various places around NC from both high school programs and community colleges. At the end of the competition, I spoke to all students, vendors and sponsors about NCACAR, what we are trying to accomplish and how excited we are to have them joining our industry.”
NCACAR has several more training opportunities scheduled as well. The association will be hosting a training clinic on Structural Steel Repair on May 16 at Hendrick Automotive Center, sponsored by Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet, and on May 17, asTech’s Jake Rodenroth will be teaching a seminar on Collision Diagnostic Services, asTech and the Importance of Pre and Post Repair Scanning at the CPCC Huntersville Campus. The next NCACAR membership meeting will be held in Burlington on September 21.