The Alabama Automotive Repair Industry Society of Excellence (ALARISE) is an active association throughout the industry. Steve Plier, President of ALARISE, has been very busy traveling the country to aid recently formed associations and spread the word about some of the association’s projects, but he took time from his hectic schedule to provide an update on what is going on with ALARISE this summer.
“ALARISE is fighting the battle of most repair groups,” Plier explains, “trying to increase membership, working and planning educational training classes for repairers in Alabama and surrounding states if anyone would like to attend, and beginning the planning and organizing process for the Southern Automotive Repair Conference 2015 in Biloxi, MS with the repair associations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and we hope, the new Texas association.”
Members of ALARISE were heavily involved in April’s Skills USA State Competition, and they are actively seeking additional ways to play a role in introducing the opportunities available in the collision repair industry to state technical schools, on both the high school and college levels.
From 9AM until 3PM on August 16, ALARISE has scheduled an educational class with Ron Perretta at the Jeff State Community College Campus. Perretta will be discussing job costing and detailed damage analysis blueprinting. Additionally, ALARISE hopes to plan another training seminar in October and has tentatively scheduled a class with Mike Anderson on February 7, 2015, though topics have yet to be determined.
As with most collision repair industry associations, increasing membership is an ever prevalent concern. Plier says, “ALARISE would like to grow in numbers to be able to provide an opportunity for members to be able to purchase insurance and other benefits as part of our membership package. ALARISE continues to look for opportunities and ideas to gain members who agree that education and awareness is a need for all.”