The meeting hosted three guest speakers, I.H. McNeill, III, P.C., Tony Nethery, the current acting executive director of the Tennessee Collision Repair Association, and John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body Shops in Clinton and Richland, MS.
McNeill spoke on the changing federal tax law and affects on businesses.
Nethery spoke about an association and three things an association can do:
• 1) Associations can educate the consumer
• 2) association members can work together on common items to bring change; and
• 3) association members can help educate each other.
Mosley provided attendees an update on actions being focused on by the Mississippi Collision Repair Association. Mr. Mosley discussed how proper P-page use in the preparation of the repair estimate has led to most insurance companies agreeing to pay for the items that had long been not included on repair estimates and thus not compensated for.
The final items addressed in the meeting were the need for members to discuss the purpose of ALARISE to not only the consumer but to other repairers and collision industry vendors and the importance of becoming a part of the association.
According to Steve Plier, acting executive director, it is important to ALARISE and the industry as a whole to step forward to support the technical schools and students to work to build more interest in the workforce of the future.