The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association (NWLCRA) met on February 4, 2014, at the Country Tavern in Shreveport, LA. The meeting was opened in the usual fashion, with president Chris Fielder of Fielder Paint and Body reading the anti-trust statement and the pledge of allegiance. Dick McDaniel of Car-O-Liner and Garmat gave the prayer.
Gary Weese, an instructor with Caddo Parish and Technology Center, spoke first about the annual Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) Business/Mentor Awards Banquet on February 13, 2014. One of the most significant points Gary made was that the state of Louisiana has put money back in the budget for career and technical schools because they have seen the importance of training our youth. Chris stressed that everyone should get involved in programs such as AYES and others to get better technicians. Helping these programs will develop better technicians.
Bill Burnside, secretary/treasurer and I-CAR instructor, discussed the upcoming I-CAR schedule on the I-CAR website through December 2014. Bill also works for Tri-State Coatings and is very active with the Skills USA competition. He gave an update on the high school-level skills competition and said that, as always, judges and helpers are needed with the event. The high school-level skills competition will begin on April 3, 2014. Email Bill Burnside if you are interested. The post-secondary skills-level will be held later in April 2014. Again, judges and helpers are needed for these events.
The Southern Automotive Repair Conference will be April 11 and 12, 2014, in Biloxi, MS, and will have Attorney Eason as the speaker.
Several collision centers in Mississippi have filed an injunction against PartsTrader.
Ken Braswell of Brock’s Collision attended the Louisiana Collision Association (LCA) meeting, which was held on January 21, 2014. He said that this is a newly-formed association and there were well over 100 attendees. In addition, he said that multiple topics were discussed and they also stressed the need for people in the industry to become involved with their local- and state-level collision industry associations. If there are things you would like to have improved in the industry, complaining about it never helps, but becoming involved can help bring about change.
The NWLCRA will meet next on March 4, 2014, at 6:30 pm, at the Country Tavern in Shreveport, LA. The NWLCR hopes for another good turnout and that local collision professionals will become more involved to make our collision industry the best for the Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas area!