The evening started off with a campus tour at 5 p.m.
“The tour was great,” said CAA Glendale/Foothill Chapter President, Hillel Shamam. “UTI Long Beach has more collision students now; 100 on any given day and they have a graduation every six weeks.”
At 6 p.m. there was a meet and greet style dinner for UTI Long Beach students and CAA members. The two groups had the opportunity to chat about the industry, upcoming projects at the technical school, and a variety of other topics as part of the second annual UTI Tech Showcase.
“The UTI Tech Showcase was better this year than last, but we had only half the attendees,” said Shamam.
Shamam added that there were several shop owners and more than 40 collision students at the meeting.
At 6:45pm, guest speaker Jake Rodenroth, director of client services at asTech, took the podium. He covered diagnostic solutions and services for the collision repair industry, specifically how to negotiate pre and post scans. Rodenroth has 17 years of collision repair and mechanical experience and is Jaguar Landrover structural aluminum certified. He previously worked for ABRA Auto Body & Glass as part of their corporate operations and integration team.
“The discussion was well-received and informative,” said Shamam. “It was great to meet more shop owners as well.”
For more information on CAA, visit calautobody.com. For more information on UTI Long Beach, visit www.uti.edu/campus-locations/longbeach-ca