Dennis O'Mahoney, executive vice president of IADA, noted, "The conference was fantastic. It is a great event, and we attracted around 120 attendees from the independent appraisal and insurance sides. It was also great to hear the perspective of the OEMs who came out to talk about new technology, self-driving vehicles, and the training they offer. IADA's Annual Conference is a great opportunity for everyone to participate and get up to speed with industry changes."
During the conference, attendees had the chance to attend a variety of educational sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities were offered. Attendees' feedback indicated that participants enjoyed the fact that both sides of the industry were present to discuss factors impacting their businesses. At the conference, IADA also launched its refreshed branding and a new logo to represent the future vision, behaviors and culture of the Association.
In addition to presenting educational seminars, IADA held several association business meetings during the conference, including the Board of Directors and Industry Advisory Board meetings. During the Directors meeting, Mark Nathan transitioned IADA's presidency to Bill Ambrosino, who will lead IADA for the next two years, while at the Advisory meeting, IADA shared future plans and industry executives provided opportunities of how IADA can help and better serve the insurance and collision industries.
IADA held its President's Dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which featured a great dinner with competitive racing among conference participants. IADA also highlighted its "Save a Life Project," a charity program for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, raising over $15,000. According to O'Mahoney, "Mark Nathan as President was driven to make sure that, as an organization, IADA was giving something back, and there could not be a more deserving need than children with cancer. We are proud to support the work that St. Jude does for these families. All our members and partners really stepped up, and we couldn't be more thankful; Audatex pushed us over our event goal with a $5,000 donation.
"The conference is beneficial to IADA members and the entire industry because it provides the ability for attendees to interact and exchange ideas with their peers," O'Mahoney continued. "With all of the rapid changes taking place, it's important that everyone learns about the new technology and that appraisers understand what's going on under the hood of these vehicles. The training we offered allowed them to learn a lot about the industry."
Moving forward, IADA is looking to increase the value it provides to members by upgrading technology and leading with a progressive approach to the changing needs of the industry. "The insurance claims industry is rapidly changing, and IADA is committed to being a leading edge resource in technology, education and tools for our members and the insurance industry," O'Mahoney said.