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Obituary and arrangements for Howard Batchelor

Howard Ashley Batchelor, age 47, of Cumming, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Howard was born in High Wycombe, England and moved with his family to Roswell, Georgia when he was 6 years old.  He graduated from Roswell High School in 1988.  He started his working career at Photography by David and finished his career with FinishMaster, Inc. serving as a business development manager with territories in North Carolina and South Carolina.  He also served as a long-term executive director of the Georgia Collision Industry Association.  Howard was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Georgia Bulldogs, NFL and NASCAR.  He enjoyed grilling outside and spending time with friends at Lake Lanier.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alan Batchelor.  Survivors include his mother, Jean Batchelor of Roswell; sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Jim Brock of Marietta; brother and sister-in-law, Russell Thomas and Maxine Silver of Lilburn; aunt and uncle, Joan and John Smith of Roswell; and several nieces and a nephew.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, September 20 at 2:30 pm at Roswell United Methodist Church in the Chapel.

Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network, CERN Foundation, P.O. Box 217, Zionsville, IN  46077.   www.cern-foundation.org.

GCIA Executive Director Howard Batchelor Passed Away

Hello Industry Associate

The GCIA Board is very sad to share with you that our long-term Executive Director, colleague, and friend, Howard Batchelor, passed away this morning. As many know, he had been battling an inoperable brain tumor, and now the battle is over and he is at eternal rest.

Howard was highly respected in our industry and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed and especially by the Georgia Collision Industry Association. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

We will update with arrangement details as soon as we receive them.

The GCIA Board

Donate to Send a GA Student to SkillsUSA Conference

Skills USAThe 2017 SkillsUSA Championships are June 19-23, 2017, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students — all state contest winners — will compete hands-on in more than 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by industry. The championships is a multi-million-dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

The GCIA is proud to donate $500 to help sponsor a representative from Maxwell High School in attending this very special conference and competition.

Will you help, too?

Donate online with our Safe and Secure “SquareUp” processing. Click the link and choose your Donation Level.

Thanks for your support!

SCRS Premieres Education Committee Video on Adhesives at January Meeting

Prosser, Washington, January 16, 2017 – During the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) open board meeting in Palm Springs, California, SCRS launched the first of a series of its Education Committee videos that will be released throughout 2017.

The video, filmed in October at the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, California highlights a discussion panel on the adhesive joining technology in modern vehicles and considerations collision repair facilities should be aware of when approaching damage repair in the aftermarket. The video features SCRS Board members Kye Yeung (European Motor Car Works), Michael Bradshaw (K&M Collision), Tim Ronak (AkzoNobel Automotive and Aerospace Coatings), and Education Committee member and industry trainer Toby Chess (Kent Automotive.)

About SCRS:

Through its direct members and 41 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com. 

High School & College Career Fair

Seeking Sponsors: The Collision Repair Education Foundation and the Atlanta I-CAR Committee will be hosting a collision career fair on Thursday, October 20th that will be attended by greater Atlanta area high school & college collision students. Contact us if your business is interested in participating in this event and meeting the attending collision students. Please SHARE with your industry associates and friends.2016 Atlanta_Collision Repair Education Foundation_Career Fair Sponsorship Opportunities

Passing of Rosie Loftus

I know that many of you were very close to John Loftus in his days of serving this industry at the helm of SCRS, and experienced the manner in which they both touched the lives of so many in our industry. Sadly, I was informed yesterday that Rosie Loftus has passed on. In an email to Jeff Hendler, John Loftus shared the following:

Rosie and I were married for 65 years. she lived 19 years as a Alzheimer patient and we have lived with care givers for 15 years. She was 83 years old when she passed. Clearly it was a long journey. Our days with SCRS and all of you were very special and the memories live on.

The funeral will be:
Tuesday September 29 at 12:30 pm
Risen Christ Chapel
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230

Reception Following at Rosie & John’s home:
14162 Prospect Ave
Tustin, CA 92780
714-573-2127

Jeff advised that those who would wish to attend the funeral should fly into LAX Airport.

Those who would wish to attend the reception could fly into John Wayne Airport.
(John’s phone number: 714-573-2127)

For those who may need hotel arrangements I have stayed at the following which is convenient to John Wayne Airport:
Residence Inn Costa Mesa
881 West Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-241-8800

Please keep John and the family in your prayers. He did a great deal to support us all; it is our turn to support him in return. Please share with anyone who knew him.

Aaron Schulenburg
Executive Director | Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)

302.423.3537
877.435.6028 Fax
aaron@scrs.com

Hamilton and Batchelor Honored at SCRS Luncheon

2015 Gene&Howard awards

Howard Batchelor & Gene Hamilton with their awards.

At the SCRS Corporate Member and Industry Awards Luncheon on April 8th, 2015, Gene Hamilton was awarded the Lifetime Honorary Membership award for his commitment to the industry and years of dedicated service.

Howard Batchelor, Executive Director, GCIA, was awarded the Industry Achievement Award for spearheading a recent paint and material sales tax study and for his service to the industry.

Paint & Materials Tax Legislative Information

Legislative Information: The SCRS has a compilation of the links/documents related to Paint & Materials Tax issues in various states. There is a full listing of collected legislative information listed under the Legislation sub-page at http://scrs.com/index.php?id=legislation&lang=en

As your states pass/amend bills, please be sure to keep the SCRS updated so that they can continue to refresh this information. You are welcome to forward links/documents to info@scrs.com or aaron@scrs.com to have them added to this compilation.

I-CAR New Technology Course to Premieres at SEMA

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) will premiere its new Vehicle Technology and Trends 2015 (NEW15) course during the SEMA show in Las Vegas in early November.

Josh McFarlin, Director of Curriculum & Product Development for I-CAR explained, “Lightweight vehicle materials like aluminum and high-strength steel are driving major changes in vehicle construction. For repairers, this can mean major changes to the collision repair process. Understanding these changes before vehicles enter the shop contributes to right first time repairs and associated efficiency gains.”

Vehicle Technology and Trends 2015, a 3-credit hour course, meets the training requirements for all Professional Development Programroles. The course provides information structural design innovations, system changes and new materials and electronics throughout new and redesigned vehicles. The course will also give a glimpse into some of the aluminum-intensive vehicles coming to market that will require aluminum repair training.

Information and registration for I-CAR training at SEMA is available online. Registration is open and the course will be open to the industry beginning November 24, 2015.

TheTalentMonger.com Launches

Today marked the launch of TheTalentMonger.com, an innovative new website with one simple mission: Clear the obstacles of traditional recruitment to directly connect shop owners with the technicians they need to hire.

Developed by Greg McVicker, a veteran of the collision industry for the last decade, TheTalentMonger.com offers the collision repair industry a unique and targeted recruitment tool, making it easier than ever to find the perfect candidate for your specific job opening.

Technicians simply create a free online profile highlighting their certifications, education, and training. Then shop owners subscribe to TheTalentMonger.com and gain access to a complete list of auto technicians based on their specific employment needs.

TheTalentMonger.com believes that using modern solutions to the modern problems of talent recruitment is vital to the future of the collision industry. Visit TheTalentMonger.com and make all your hiring easy.

Gregory C. McVicker
Co-Founder
Talent Monger LLC
412-701-1583 (c)
greg.mcvicker@thetalentmonger.com
4017 Washington Rd, #304
McMurray, PA 15317

Upcoming Events

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    October 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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    October 31 - November 3
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    October 31 - November 3