The Florida Collision Industry Legal Seminar was a resounding success! The event began promptly at 11:00 AM on April 14 and continued until well after 6:00 PM that evening with a couple of short breaks and a 45 minute lunch. Many new friendships were forged with others who shared the same views and concerns.
Over 60 people attended the event from as far away as Oregon, Minnesota and New York and many states in between, and based upon the reports received throughout the day, they were encouraged by the information shared by Ray Gunder, Bret Geohagan (legal counsel for Gunder’s Auto Center, Inc.) and Barrett Smith of Auto Damage Experts, Inc.(ADE).
In a poll taken during the initial introductions, the one recurring motivation for most everyone’s attendance was to learn how to regain control of their business and its profitability.
“From discussions during the meeting and during breaks, the State Farm Parts Procurement program seemed to be one of the straws straining the camel’s back and collision repairers ‘are mad as heck and are not going to take it anymore’ and are seeking alternative methods of operating their businesses” said Ray Gunder.
“We were asked by many in attendance if we could “take the show on the road” stated Barrett Smith of ADE, and in discussing with Ray and Brent, while humbled, we agreed that if there was enough interest in any given market to arrange the travel and accommodations, we would gladly consider sharing the message with others”
Barrett went on to say: “There’s a significant thirst for this knowledge as industry professionals are just plain tired of the status quo and struggling to keep their businesses viable”. “Repairers Spend So Much Time Taking Care of Business, They Often Fail To Take Care of Their Business.”