As 2012 comes to a close, the Indiana Auto Body Association looks back on its accomplishments over the past year. According to Tony Passwater, Executive Director, “Early in our organization, we realized that being a lone state association would not be in the best interest of our prospective members. In 2005, we affiliated with the SCRS and through this relationship, have reaped many benefits and national support. In 2012, we also became an associate member of the ASA and an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau to better position ourselves not only within the industry, but to the consumer as well.”
Early in 2012, the IABA released an online members portal that includes many valuable features for its members, including hundreds of training programs, best practices, industry documents a benefits section, as well as a discussion forum. In addition, the IABA developed an online training program for the Indiana 326 IAC 8-10 regulation requirements which must be completed every year prior to May 1. This program is free to IABA members.
In mid 2012, the IABA conducted a series of Town Hall meetings across the state as an industry outreach. The meetings were designed to update all industry members regarding the PartsTrader issue, reaching hundreds across the state.
“Since early 2012, our association has been working on a better approach to distinguish our members from others in the eyes of the consumer and to better educate the vehicle owner of their rights when involved in an accident,” Passwater said. “This could lessen the effects of ‘steering’ that takes place daily, and work to ensure the vehicle is being repaired properly.”
In early 2013, the IABA rolls out its new program, “A Shop You Can Trust.” The association expects the program to become a huge benefit to its members and vehicle owners. For more information, see www.aShopYouCanTrust.com.
The 3rd Bi-Annual Convention and Technology Showcase is scheduled for February 22-23 at the Lincoln College of Technology and will include top industry presentations and technology exhibits and demonstrations. Go to: www.IABAconvention.com for more information.
“2013 looks as promising as 2012 in which we saw our membership grow over 100%,” Passwater said.