Other business discussed included the upcoming NACE tradeshow, I-CAR class schedules, and the association's upcoming Christmas party. The special guest from ASA brought free passes to NACE, being held in New Orleans this year. I-CAR class schedules have been updated on the NWLCRA calendar, which can be found at www.nwlcra.org by clicking on the "Calendar" button. The Christmas party is set for December 8 at Fielder Paint & Body, 521 N. Market, Shreveport, LA. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the Walker Street Band.
Denise Caspersen, ASA Collision Division Manager, was the featured guest speaker and spoke about the State Farm parts procurement pilot program. She spoke on areas of concern that have been raised by collision repair facilities, automobile manufacturers, recyclers, and parts vendors. She pointed out that ASA is a bridge between the collision industry and State Farm and that ASA is not taking any position, but conducting research to determine the facts. Concerns raised by collision repair facilities include a potential increase in administrative costs and potential increase of cycle time delays. Parts suppliers had similar concerns with increased administrative costs and data privacy. Other industry-wide concerns include the overall legality of the program and how it will benefit the consumer. Caspersen had multiple handouts, which are also available online at www.ASAshop.org, click on "Tools & Resources" then "State Farm Pilot Program."