The educational event, which also included plenty of networking opportunities, “went very well,” according to John Williams, Executive Vice President of the IADA Association. “Attendees included IADA members and insurance material damage managers as well as other associates from the automotive industry.”
The Conference began on Tuesday evening with a Welcome Reception. After breakfast on Wednesday morning, a bus took attendees to IIHS for a Mercedes collision workshop, followed by a presentation on “Parts Pricing and Logistics” by Dave Damon. That evening, IADA hosted a dinner and Sponsor Showcase back at the hotel.
On Thursday morning, Kim Hazelbaker presented before a tour of the IIHS facility. Then, attendees witnessed “a crash test of a 2016 Nissan Maxima,” Williams recounts. “The Maxima was crashed into a stationary barrier at 40 MPH. Crash tests at this facility help determine ratings for vehicle safety.”
In the afternoon, attendees enjoyed a seminar on “Test Track and Collision Avoidance” before Closing
Remarks were given, and after non-members departed IIHS’s facility, IADA held their member meeting. Williams explains that these types of events are important as a means “to educate our members as well as our clients on the ever-changing technology and knowledge required to estimate and repair vehicles.”
IADA is now eagerly preparing for its 47th Automotive Vehicle Repair Conference to be held in Charlotte, NC in June 2016. Registration will open in December 2015, but the agenda is already available on the association’s website at www.iada.org