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Friday, 26 October 2018 17:43

ABAC Kicks Off Its 2018--2019 Meeting Season

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ABAC’s Sept. 11 meeting was well-attended as the association kicked off its 2018--2019 meeting season. ABAC’s Sept. 11 meeting was well-attended as the association kicked off its 2018--2019 meeting season.


On Sept. 11, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) kicked off its 2018--2019 meeting season at Seasons in East Haven, CT.


The well-attended event featured educational information from FCA and a presentation by Tony Lombardozzi, president of Coalition for Collision Repair Excellence and co-founder of Superare Marketing. After recognizing meeting sponsors, ABAC President Bob Amendola welcomed attendees.


“I’d like to thank everyone that took the time to attend tonight and everyone that is part of this great association as we try to move forward to make everything better for our industry,” Amendola said. “Our goal is to educate and make sure that everyone can move in a positive direction for their business. There have been many great people that have been at the helm of this association, and I hope to be one of them.”


Before getting down to business, the group observed a moment of silence to reflect upon the events of 9/11 and honor the memories of those who were lost. Amendola noted that ABAC plans to offer additional seminars in 2018--2019 throughout the state to educate ABAC members about daily situations they encounter in their businesses. He then read the anti-trust statement and recognized new ABAC members and ABAC news advertisers.


Next, Amendola introduced Lombardozzi, who acknowledged special guest Lucky Papageorg, executive director of AASP/MA, before discussing the 2018 CCRE seminar that was held in Atlanta, GA, on Sept. 28--29, 2018.


After dinner, Amendola introduced Dan Black, collision repair specialist for the FCA Group, who discussed increased advanced and technical repair requirements, increased tool and equipment requirements, increased business performance accountability and market overcapacity, which results in less available repair volume. Black also discussed the impact of social media and technology influences, industry consolidation, the increased dependency on DRPs to provide work, the importance of satisfying customers and the pressure that shops feel to process claims and repairs faster.

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