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Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

NWLCRA Meeting Updates Include Announcement That Local Shops May be Contacted for Survey

Written by NWLCRA PR

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association’s (NWLCRA) meeting was held on April 7 at Country Tavern Barbecue. Ken Braswell, President of the local NWLCRA, opened the meeting with a prayer and the reading of the Anti-Trust Law. They are seeking guest speakers for their May and June meetings.

Please contact Braswell or Bill Burnside if you have suggestions.Braswell discussed the Southern Automotive Conference held on April 17 and 18.

Chris Shepherd, Collision Repair Instructor with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College, spoke about the Louisiana Post Secondary SKILLS USA competition. He had several students that placed in this competition and were headed for the National Post Secondary SKILLS USA competition.

The students that placed are as follows:

Collision Repair Technology    

Gold - 1st Place: Lance Holt

Silver - 2nd Place: Raymond Aguon

Bronze - 3rd Place: Micah Heard

Automotive Refinish Technology

Gold - 1st Place: Antonio Washington

Silver - 2nd Place: Kenneth Hookfin

Bronze - 3rd Place: Joshua Jackson    

The students had to write an estimate and complete an interview process before moving on to the technical portion. Everyone who placed in Collision Repair were also given Die grinders, donated by Lashley Supply. The winners who placed in Automotive Refinish were given paint guns, also donated by Lashley Supply. Other gifts given to the winners were donated by Snap On and Matco.

Burnside and Colormaster donated "goodie bags" to all participants. Burnside provided the current upcoming I-CAR classes in the area for 2015. Chris Shepherd reminded everyone that the new I-CAR policy is that a class not signed up within 48 hours of start time will result in the class being cancelled. There are plans to include this list on the NWLCRA website.

Other issues discussed were changes in the Bossier Parish Schools about graduating from the program and the results of an independent survey. Mark Monroe, Instructor with Bossier Parish School of Technology and Innovative Learning, discussed some changes that are in the process of being determined by the Bossier Parish School Board. He may be contacting area Collision Repair shops for research/input. Thad Greer with SingleSource said he should have the results of the Independent survey by the next meeting.

Chris Shepherd, Collision Instructor for Louisiana Technical College, filled in as the guest speaker instead of Trence McCoy. He talked about the 42nd Annual Street Rod Reunion at Boomtown Casino and Resort, April 10-11. The Red River Street Rod Association was formed in 1973 and is the oldest continually operating street rod club in Louisiana. They donate $2,500 annually to deserving students. For more information, visit

Shepherd also mentioned the BPCC 100. The event, held on April 25, was the 6th annual BPCC 100 Go-Kart Race. This year they had a new sponsor, Capital One Bank. All entry fees paid by the participants were tax deductible and the money raised by this fundraiser went to scholarships.

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