Meredith Bradshaw, Vice President of NCACAR, noted, “I’m more than pleased at the turnout and the content of our meeting. Brian opened with an association update… where we are, what’s been going on behind the scenes, and what our goals are for the year and beyond. Ed Kizenberger, who is working as a consultant for us, facilitated the voting in of the executive board and the board members at large.”
Based on a unanimous vote, Brian Davies was named association President, Bradshaw became Vice President, and Clint Rogers was named Secretary with Ronnie Pack serving as Treasurer. Board members at large were named as follows: Brian Shaw, Ronnie Walker, Jennifer Gardner, Augusto Carillo-Perris, Darrell Langford and Casey Starnes.
John Shumaker, BDM at BASF, presented “Effective Estimating.” According to NCACAR Director of Membership, Josh Kent, “John Shumaker showed these shops what they were missing in regard to writing estimates. These vehicles are coming out with so much new technology that shops need to do their research so that they are fixing these vehicles correctly, so we learned about pre and post repair scanning, which was really insightful. The next 10 years are going to change in more ways than the past 50 years have, and we have to be ready and prepared.”
Next, Jake Rodenroth, Director of Client Services for Collision Diagnostics, provided insights on the AsTech tool and the importance of pre and post scanning. “The response to the meeting was extremely positive and made me realize even more the importance and the need of continuing education in our industry,” Bradshaw stated.
Kent was also pleased with how the meeting turned out, saying, “I thought this past meeting was a huge success. We hit on bullet points; the main one I wanted to see was education. I had a few shops come up to me and they said they learned more in one night than they learned in a whole year. This was encouraging, and it made our hard work worth it. The purpose of this association is not only to address issues with regard to the industry and what it is lacking in NC, but for the educational aspects. Brian Davies and Meredith Bradshaw have worked extremely hard and are setting the example to others on exactly how hard they are willing to go to help this industry and to show that, even though we have full-time jobs, we have to invest to bring change and to educate."
Association President Brian Davies added, “I want to emphasize the importance of the support of Jeff Franco at Elite Marketing and Sales, allowing Josh Kent the time and effort he has dedicated to the association, which has been instrumental in driving the membership effort of both the shops and vendors. Without his passion, dedication and follow-through, the meeting wouldn’t have been such a huge success. Josh has immersed himself into the collision industry, gaining very clear understanding of the issues we face in a very short period of time. I’m confident he will be the driving force in reaching our goal of 100 members by year end.”
On February 22, NCACAR will host a High Strength Steel and Aluminum training class at K & M Collision in Hickory, NC, sponsored by GM and Parks Chevrolet. Due to significant interest demonstrated at the end of the January meeting, NCACAR also plans to hold an Advanced Estimating class, but the date and location have yet to be determined. NCACAR’s next meeting will be held on April 6th in Charlotte.