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SCRS 2014 Affiliate Conference

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2014 Affiliate Leadership Conference! The conference will be held 8:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 in Denver, CO. SCRS has also been working closely with I-CAR on a number of issues and have arranged to hold the next I-CAR Repairability Summit from 8:00 – noon on Thursday, October 2nd. Please RSVP to info@scrs.com to confirm participation at your earliest convenience, and see reservation information below. Reservations must be made by August 15th 2014 to receive the discounted pricing. We encourage you to make your reservations now.

For those who have not attended, the Affiliate Conference before, it is a day-long roundtable discussion that features candid exchange of ideas, information and activity review from the leaders of state and regional collision repair associations across North America. It serves as the opportunity for associations to help exemplify efforts that have made positive impacts on represented marketplaces, and to share warnings of efforts that had unsatisfactory results. The object of the conversation is to actively learn from each other’s’ experiences, and to expand the level of communication and networking within the national network of associations.

The I-CAR Repairability Summit is to identify and prioritize the top 5–10 structural repairability issues & gaps facing the collision repair inter-industry & identify processes to resolve. The outcome of this I‑CAR led meeting may:

  • Shape future Repairability Summits
  • Provide direction for I-CAR Repairability Technical Support staff
  • Identify potential collaboration projects to optimize structural repair methods
  • Identify future best‑practice development opportunities
  • Provide a mechanism for OEM linking pin project identification
  • Provide inputs for future OEM ISAC discussions

Both events are being held at:

DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
3203 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

To book via phone, call: (303)321-3333 and reference Society of Collision Repair Specialists, or

To book via the internet: Click here

We have negotiated a discounted room rate of $109.00/night that includes breakfast, and features a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

Please RSVP to info@scrs.com to confirm participation at your earliest convenience, and secure your room prior to August 15th 2014.

We hope that you can join us.

Online Attendee Registration Opens for NACE and CARS

Both online attendee registration and housing reservations are now open for NACE and CARS 2014, part of Industry Week starting July 27 in Detroit. These include many board and association meetings Monday, July 28; the CIC summer meeting on Tuesday, July 29; the I-CAR Conference and Gala 35th Anniversary Networking Event on Wednesday, July 30; and features the NACE | CARS 2014 Conference + Expo, Wednesday – Saturday, July 30 – August 2 The Expo will be held Thursday and Friday at the COBO Convention Center.


Expo Passes to access the show floor only can be purchased for $35/each; individual, 90-minute conference sessions are available for $75/session or individual 3 or 4 hour conference sessions are available for $150/session; a Day Pass is $250, and Saturday Mechanical Sessions are $150; a full-access Super Pass is $315 for members and $365 for non-members. All prices noted reflect Early Bird pricing, which is in effect through June 14th. Add-On Education from I-CAR, as well as the CRES/MSO Collision Repair Executive Symposium and TTF Technology & Telematics Forum events are available at an additional charge.

New this year, all registration options include the NACE and CARS Show Floor Receptions on Thursday and Friday evening, the Opening General Session Thursday morning and The Assembly – Industry Forum on Wednesday afternoon. Additional details on these events will be released in the near future.

“As the automotive collision and mechanical industry’s premier networking and training event, we are so pleased to include the Show Floor Receptions, Opening General Session and The Assembly – Industry Forum in every registration this year, as it reflects our desire to create an event that fosters networking and community interaction among our attendees,” stated Dan Risley, Automotive Service Association President.

I-CAR Introduces Updated Full Frame Partial Replacement Course

From CollisionWeek

I-CAR has added a new Live, instructor-led course to its catalog, Full-Frame Partial Replacement (FFR01). This course provides information on OEM repair procedures and welding requirements for full-frame vehicles.

The three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Estimators in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program. FFR01 replaces I-CAR’s Steel Full-Frame Sectioning (SPS03) and Steel Full-Frame Technologies and Repair (SPS08) courses, resulting in the need for three less credit hours of training for certain repair professionals. Anyone who has previously taken either SPS03 or SPS08 will not lose training credit that has been earned.

“Properly repairing today’s full-frame vehicles requires a command of an array of considerations. The content in this course can be applied on the job immediately following completion, resulting in increased savings for the shop and the vehicle owner alike,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

Technicians will learn how to identify full-frame designs, partial replacement options and repair considerations for full-frame attachments during the course. They will also have access to HD-quality videos on full-frame partial replacement procedures for some of today’s most popular full-frame vehicles, including Ford F-150, General Motors 1500 frames, RAM 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.

Kia Motors Released First Comprehensive Collision Repair Manual

I-CAR is happy to inform you that Kia Motors has released its first comprehensive collision repair manual in the United States!

The manual for the 2011-2012 Kia Soul provides a wealth of information valuable to collision repair professionals. It includes body panel repair procedures, sectioning and attachment method instructions, seam sealer and corrosion protection information, body dimensions and plastic part repair instructions. You can find it at www.kiatechinfo.com under Service Materials > Body Dimensions > 2011-2012 Soul (AM) Body Dimensions.

In the same section of the site, Kia has also posted repair manuals for the 2004-2009 Amanti, the 2007-2010 Rondo and the 2005-2009 Sportage that give details on unibody structure replacement procedures, seam sealer information and plastic part repair instructions. Dimension information for several other Kia vehicles is also available.

I-CAR has been encouraging Kia to publish more of its repair information in the United States for some time. So we’re proud to report that the Soul manual is among the most detailed and technician-friendly manuals we’ve seen from any manufacturer to date. We’d like to thank Kia for its efforts to provide this valuable information.

We look forward to updating you on other OEM collision repair information as it becomes available. I-CAR’s ongoing work as a linking pin between OEMs and the industry is just one aspect of our growing Repairability Technical Support Initiative to help collision repair professionals perform complete, safe and quality repairs.

Best regards,
Jason Bartanen
Director, Industry Technical Relations

GCIA Donates $2,000 to Maxwell High School of Technology Collision Program

The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) presented a $2000 check to Maxwell High School to help it purchase equipment and supplies for its collision repair training program. The donation was made on behalf of Gene Hamilton (a GCIA Founding member) from the golf tournament honoring his service in the industry on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta, Ga.

Instructors receiving the check are Butch Luther and Sam Melaragno

Instructors receiving the check are Butch Luther (left in coat) and Sam Melaragno. Presenting the check is Michelle Coombs, owner Sports & Imports Collision and Gregg Goff, GCIA Board Member.

Presenting the check is Michelle Coombs, owner Sports & Imports Collision and Gregg Goff, GCIA Board Member.

Sponsors of the event included:

Gold Sponsor

AKZO Nobel
Single Source

Bronze Sponsor


In addition, the association had over 15 hole sign sponsors for the event.  Many thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors.

About Maxwell High School of Technology

These guys are doing some great work for our industry by recruiting future technicians for Collision Repair. They currently have about 48 students including both AM and PM classes each day. They have state of the art equipment and train on the most current techniques in collision repair.

They are unsung heroes and GCIA is proud to partner with them to help make the future brighter in the collision industry where the average age of technician is over 50 years of age. If we do not look to support people and programs like this now and in the future, we will be faced with a severe shortage of qualified technicians to properly repair vehicles in our shops in Georgia.

Instructors Butch and Sam follow the I-CAR education curriculum and even train and administer the I-CAR welding test to students as they prepare them to enter the workforce in apprenticeship programs with several partnering collision repair centers. GCIA has agreed to make a commitment to take an active role in helping potential collision repair students and parents understand that the collision repair industry is a great and respectable career path that will engage and challenge students to improve their skill sets in an ever evolving technology based industry.

Maxwell High School of Technology
990 McElvaney Lane
Lawrenceville, GA. 30044

Website: http://www.maxwellhigh.com/programs.html


SEMA Accepting Scholarship Applications

Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, racecar driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation.

“Students coming through the SEMA Scholarship Program have demonstrated great potential and share the enthusiasm and passion that has fueled our industry,” said Zane Clark, SEMA education director. “Our hope is that we’ll continue to attract highly qualified students who will contribute and make strong, positive impacts in our industry.”

Unlike financial aid and student loans, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award that does not have to be paid back. Awards are granted to eligible applicants based on academic achievements, work experience, community involvement, essay content and recommendations. Students may re-apply each year, provided that they still meet the eligibility criteria.

A loan forgiveness award is also available to recent graduates who are working for SEMA-member companies and paying off existing student loans. Details and applications for both the scholarship and the loan-forgiveness awards are available at www.sema.org/scholarships.

The application deadline for the scholarship awards is March 28, 2014.

Collision Repairers Invited to Sponsor Uniforms for Students Through CREF

The Collision Repair Education Foundation and Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) are working together to invite SCRS member businesses to help provide their local high school and college-level collision students with a professional appearance by sponsoring Cintas technician shirt and pant work uniforms for this upcoming fall school year. The objective is to connect associations and collision repair businesses across the country with their local collision school programs. The more engaged the local industry is with the school, the better prepared the collision students will be to enter the industry after graduation, and have an appreciation for the role the local industry played in their personal success.

Ideally, sponsors would be identified and uniforms ordered before the end of September so they would be available for the fall semester.

SCRS members can sponsor a package of 20 work uniform sets for $1,000, which includes a pair of Cintas work pants and technician shirts. The sponsoring member business will have the company’s logo prominently featured on the front chest of the shirt, along with a Collision Repair Education Foundation patch. SCRS will be featured on the back of the shirt, making the connection to students at an early age of the value of industry involvement. Industry members interested in learning more about this sponsorship opportunity, identifying their local collision school programs, or have questions, should contact Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or phone 847.463.5244.

Atlanta I-CAR Committee Raises $23,000 for Education Foundation

From CollisionWeek

At its fourth annual golf fundraiser, the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee raised more than $23,000 for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The funds raised at this event will be reinvested back into Atlanta-area collision repair school programs and students through both grants and student scholarships.

This sold-out event took place on May 1, 2013 at the Highlands Golf Course at Lake Arrowhead in Waleska, Georgia. Participants enjoyed driving range access, lunch, a round of golf, dinner, and many raffle prizes. Many corporate sponsors helped make this event possible, including:

  • ABRA Auto Body and Glass
  • Akzo Nobel
  • Allstar Lights
  • Athens Dodge
  • AudaExplore, a Solera company
  • CCC Information Services
  • Cherokee Chrysler Dodge Jeep
  • Classic Collision
  • Day’s Chevrolet
  • Elite Auto Group
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Gerber Collision & Glass
  • Hendrick Automotive Group
  • Hertz Corp.
  • IAAI
  • LKQ/Keystone
  • McDonough Used Auto Parts
  • Megel Chevrolet
  • Mitchell ACS
  • Nalley Group
  • PPG Automotive Coatings
  • RBX Holdings
  • Roswell Infiniti
  • Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
  • Sterling Autobody Collision
  • Troncalli Chrysler
  • Weaver’s Automotive
  • World Toyota

Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation notes, “Being able to attend and volunteer at this event, I was able to see first-hand the incredible work that this I-CAR volunteer committee is able to accomplish by working together and helping to raise additional funds for their local collision school programs. This event was so well put together that I was taking notes on what the Education Foundation could mimic at our national golf fundraiser each summer. Congratulations to the group.”

“This is the fourth year of this tournament and our most successful by far. I would like to thank our many industry supporters, as well as our outstanding committee volunteers, for coming together for such a great cause. The ability to raise these funds for the support of the collision education programs right here in Georgia truly shows what a great industry we are part of,” said Gerry Poirier, Farmers Insurance Company National APD Manager and Atlanta I-CAR Committee Chairman.

Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Education Foundation and increasing the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed foundation.org or 847-463-5244.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Second Round of Awards

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the second and final round of collision student scholarships and tool grant winners for the $300,000+ in opportunities facilitated through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring.

Alcoa Foundation

The Alcoa Foundation aluminum repair training grants were funded by a $40,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation. The selected instructor and student pairs will attend aluminum repair technical training at the I-CAR Tech Centre in Appleton, WI this summer.

The 2013 Alcoa Foundation aluminum repair training grant recipients include (student & instructor):

Borislav Bojanov & Jim Hicks – Lake Washington Institute of Tech. (Kirkland, WA)
David Marstall & Eric Showalter – Washburn Tech (Topeka, KS)
Greg Knuuttila & Gregory Brink – Kishwaukee Community College (Malta, IL)
Jack Haramut & Cliff Styles – Greenville Technical College (Greenville, SC)
Joshua Hagle & Tom Phillips – Hennepin Technical College (Brooklyn Park, MN)
Jovanny Jimenez & Clint Campbell – Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)
Justin Furman & Scott Malnar – Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, MI)
Kenneth Powell & Kenneth McMillian – Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
Logan Salisbury & Alvie D. Smith – Butler Community College (El Dorado, KS)
Mason Tanley & Jay Winters – South Central College (North Mankato, MN)
Nina Hunter & Justin Tate – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Ricardo Castro & Dan Norton – Walla Walla Community College (Kennewick, WA)
Robin Issak & Mark Millbauer – Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)
Sean Brons & Steven Youngs – Northwest Iowa Community College (Sheldon, IA)
Tessa Brammer & Robert Benning – Laramie Cty Community Coll (Cheyenne, WY)
Trevor Walmer & Tim Hoege – Madison College (Madison, WI)
Trevor Multhaup & Bruce Graffunder – Dunwoody College of Tech (Minneapolis, MN)

“Automotive OEMs have used aluminum to improve the performance, safety and fuel efficiency of their vehicles for nearly 100 years and today it is the second-most used material to make cars,” said Randall Scheps, global director of automotive for Alcoa. “Repairing aluminum is just like repairing other materials and this great program from the Collision Repair Education Foundation should help people in the industry see firsthand that it’s actually very doable. We just need to educate people.”

Sterling Autobody

Sterling Autobody has awarded $27,000 in collision student scholarships and tool grants through the Foundation. This support will provide the students with both the financial assistance to complete their technical education and provide the necessary tools for the students to be capable and efficient members of the collision industry upon graduation

The student winners of the 2013 spring Sterling Autobody include:

Oscar Casas-Barajas – Cypress College (Cypress, CA)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Adalberto Cardenas – Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Tommy Love – Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES (Spencerport, NY)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Jose Zavala – Central County Occupational Center (San Jose, CA)
Award: $2,500 scholarship and $3,000 tool grant

Keith Totten – Lake Tech Center (Eustis, FL)
Award: $2,000 scholarship

Amanda Johnson – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Shawn Durante – Lake Tech Center (Eustis, FL)
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Sterling Autobody Centers President Nick Notte noted, “Sterling supports the direction of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, funding the education and tools needed to develop our next generation of collision repairers. I challenge all of my colleagues in our inter-industry community, to become involved with the Foundation to create your next group of employees, customers and those who will lead when we are gone”.

ABRA Auto Body & Glass

ABRA Auto Body & Glass awarded eight collision students each with $2,000 in tools through a spring tool grant opportunity with the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The tool grant was made available to select high school seniors and post-secondary students studying in collision repair programs. The winning students were able to select $2,000 (retail value) in tools and equipment from the NATEF tool list.

The student winners of the 2013 ABRA Auto Body & Glass spring tool grant include:

James Gross – Warren Tech (Lakewood, CO)
Mike Thompson – Laramie Community College (Cheyenne, CO)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Nina Hunter – Weber State University (Ogden, UT)
Jessie Jensen – Bridgerland Applied Technology College (Logan, UT)
Rodney Dean – Lincoln College of Technology (Indianapolis, IN)
Huey Lewis – Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)
Joshua Hausman – Lincoln College of Technology (Nashville, TN)

“We are extremely thrilled and proud to be partnering with the Collision Repair Education Foundation and supporting such a worthwhile cause,” says Michelle DeMarais, National Recruiting Manager for ABRA. “Awarding grants to these eight students is a tremendous opportunity to help them further their educational aspirations in the collision repair field.”

Chicago Pneumatic

Chicago Pneumatic has supported secondary and post-secondary collision students by providing a student tool grant through the Foundation. Ten collision students were selected from 480 applications and each winning student will receive a Chicago Pneumatic air tool kit which includes an impact wrench, air hammer, die grinder, reversible air drill, and an air sander. Each tool grant for the students is valued at over $1,100.

The student winners of the 2013 spring Chicago Pneumatic grant include:

Brian Stade – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Shelby Williams – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Vince Struve – Carrigan Career Center (Wichita Falls, TX)
Cristian Mojarro – Southeast Career Technical Academy (Las Vegas, NV)
Adam White – Sikeston High School (Sikeston, MO)

Tyler Perkins – Northwest Wisconsin Technology College (Green Bay, WI)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Erik Torres – Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX)
Tyler Hardin – OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK)
Jonathan Thigpin – Rolla Technical Institute (Rolla, MO)

“Chicago Pneumatic is proud to sponsor the Collision Repair Education Foundation through its student tool grant program,” said Marvin Spehar, Marketing Communications Manager Chicago Pneumatic Tools. “It’s important that this emerging talent has the tools needed to enter the workforce ready to begin their careers.”

Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee

The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee awarded a $9,000 student scholarship to James Perez of Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA) through the Collision Repair Education Foundation this spring. This scholarship will assist Perez with education costs to continue his technical education study of collision repair. Funding for this scholarship was made possible through the committee hosting annual golf and car show fundraiser events.

“We are very pleased that we could help another student in Atlanta join our industry,” says Gerry Poirier Chairman of the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee.

I-CAR Southeast Regional Manager German Meija noted, “The Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee is a group of over 40 volunteers in various aspect of the collision industry. From shop managers, owners, insurance claims, and supply venders. I am very proud of our committee in Atlanta. They give so much because they truly care about collision repair.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “I would like to congratulate the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee on their incredible job to come together as group and help raise funds and support for their local collision school programs and students. Through car shows, golf fundraisers, and other events, this local committee has been able to raise over $75,000 that goes toward supporting the technical education of their local collision students.”

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

Winners of the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes collision student tool grants have been selected and each will receive a primer pack valued at $350 each. The tool grants were available to secondary and post-secondary collision students.

The 2013 Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes primer pack tool grant recipients include:

Erick Escobar – Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CA)
Brian Stade – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)
Monica Reyes-Zapata – Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville, GA)
Shelby Williams – Applied Technology Center (Rock Hill, SC)

Tyler Perkins – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, WI)
Tessa Brammer – Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY)
Erik Torres – Texas State Technical College (Harlingen, TX)
Tyler Hardin – OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee, OK)
Daniel Mora – Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Kathryn Carter – El Camino College (Torrance, CA)
Andrea Yager – Clackamas Community College (Oregon City, OR)
Kevin Young – Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington, NC)

I-CAR Northwest Region

The I-CAR Northwest Region has awarded two $1000 collision student scholarships through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Collision students from Washington were eligible to receive these scholarships. Funding for these scholarships was made possible through the local I-CAR volunteer committee hosting fundraising events.

The 2013 I-CAR Northeast Region collision student scholarship winners include:

Thomas Bernhofer – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)
Zoe Gorow – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland, WA)

I-CAR Northeast Regional Manager Bob Mickey noted, “I want to offer a very special thanks to all of the sponsors and players that participated helping us make this first annual golf fundraiser a success. This year we will again be at the Redmond Ridge Golf Club, Cole Creek, WA. Please mark your calendars for Sept 18. The industry will soon receive the latest update of the ‘Industry Snapshot’, a joint effort between the Collision Repair Education Foundation and I CAR. The survey results will show demographics that will be affecting everyone. This will only reinforce our needs to be proactive in every endeavor to assist and increase the flow of new technicians into our industry.”

Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Education Foundation and increasing the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or 847-463-5244.

I-CAR Announces NACE Training Schedule

Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) has announced the I-CAR course schedule for the upcoming NACE show in October. I-CAR will provide more than 40 hours of classroom and live demo instruction.

The schedule includes 10 training classes beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 18 as well as two specialized sessions to be held on the show floor in the I-CAR Technology Showcase.

I-CAR will offer a combination of live classroom courses and live demo classes on the show floor, including the premiere of the new live classroom courses, Replacement of Steel Unitized Structures (SPS10) and Sectioning of Steel Unitized Parts (SPS11). The courses premiering at NACE will not be available countrywide until later in the year.

“We continue to be appreciative of I-CAR’s longstanding partnership with ASRW and the value their training courses bring to our attendees,” said Dan Risley, ASA’s executive director.

Early-bird pricing for conference sessions within the ASRW Conference Program will be available in June and an all-access Super Pass is only $335 through Aug. 22. I-CAR courses are offered as part of the Add-On Education offerings and are a separate cost from the ASRW Conference Program. For detailed information on the I-CAR training sessions, including length and time, as well as the entire conference program schedule, visit http://www.ASRWevents.com.

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