BEDFORD, TEXAS, September 24, 2009 —The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the winner of its 2009 Chairman's Club Award, the association's grassroots member recruitment program. This year's recipient is Jeff Bly of Maywood Transmission Inc., an ASA member-business in Independence, Mo. The Chairman's Club award honors ASA members who recruited or provided leads for prospective shops to become members of the association.
Bly earned more member recruitment points than… Continue
Added by Automotive Service Association on September 30, 2009 at 5:03pm —
Collision repair is what we call in the ad biz ... a thin market. That is, on any given day there are only a finite number of people that will have a need for our service. Unfortunately, we do not know who those people are, or will be.
We do know that on average, people have an accident about every 7-10 years ... so that narrows it down a bit. But it also means that we have a shorter sales cycle than say ... a mattress company. The sales cycle there can be an astonishing 15 years!… Continue
Added by Paul Evans on September 28, 2009 at 8:47am —
Need a website, want a website, can't afford the time or money for a website? www.skywax.com to the rescue! Here at Evans Media Group, we discovered these three guys just as they were about to launch their business nationally and scooped them up as a client.
Since we specialize in helping collision repair shops with their marketing initiatives and realize that quite often that involves getting a website ... We told the boys at Skywax that we would just turn you guys loose on them and… Continue
Added by Paul Evans on September 25, 2009 at 2:03pm —
I was honored Wednesday to attend the 2009 International Freedom Luncheon for his Holiness the Dalai Lama.
First you have to understand, I was way too excited! I am an avid student of Eastern Philosophy, culture and history. The story of the Tibetan people and their struggle is very real to me. I am a “fan” of his writings, works and words. I mean, come on, he’s the spiritual and temporal leader to 6 million Tibetans, a Nobel Peace Prize winner… Continue
Added by Kristen R. Felder on September 24, 2009 at 5:59pm —
An oldie, but a goodie... ;)
By Ben Steinman, AAM
There are a handful of individuals who have attended every International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE)
since its inception in 1983 in Nashville, Tenn. I have the good fortune of being one of those individuals.
Why, you might ask, would I take time every year, year after year, to attend NACE? The reason is simple. NACE is the superstore… Continue
Added by Automotive Service Association on September 24, 2009 at 11:45am —
In 2004, several members of the National Autobody Council decided that the charitable giving that the group was doing needed to be organized under a charitable foundation, and the Collision Industry Foundation was born. Its first giving project conducted by NABC was to raise $500,000 toward the building of a medical facitliy at Camp Mak A Dream in Missoula Montana. The camp provides no-cost camping stays for children with active cancer. Marco Grossi, one of the founders of CIF, was a benefactor… Continue
Added by Jeanne Silver on September 22, 2009 at 5:30pm —
In spite of record flooding, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) officially welcomed twenty new members at its Annual Convention in Atlanta today.
Founded in 1895, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) is a full-service national trade association serving the property/casualty insurance industry with more than 1,400 member companies that underwrite more than 40 percent of the property/casualty insurance premium in the United… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on September 22, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Interesting article this morning, http://autos.aol.com/article/cash-for-clunkers-greenwash, states that according to a survey done in late August more than 17% now have some doubt about letting a government subsidy put them even further into debt. Buyer's remorse is on the rise as consumers save less, defer home improvements and lower payments on their credit cards in order to pay for that new car they just bought.
According to the article, "When the government set out to stimulate… Continue
Added by Jeanne Silver on September 22, 2009 at 9:22am —
State Farm's Tom Cockerill, announced as IASIU's Investigator of the Year during the opening session.
The factors considered in evaluating nominees for Investigator of the Year include:
* Impact made to the nominee’s special investigation unit
* Impact made to the nominee’s company
* Positive effect the investigation had on the insurance industry
* Positive effect the investigation had on the outside community
* Uniqueness and… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on September 21, 2009 at 10:19pm —
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) kicked off its 114th Annual Convention in Atlanta today, providing members the opportunity to look back on the past twelve months and prepare for those to come.
NAMIC chairman Bruce Thomas officially opened the event by reflecting on his time as chairman over the past twelve months and how the work being done by NAMIC has helped its members better serve their policyholders… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on September 21, 2009 at 9:59pm —
Four Top CARSTAR Stores Recognized for the Five Overall Operations Awards
The winners included:
Rookie of the Year: The Rookie of the Year in the CARSTAR family was George’s CARSTAR Body Shop of Chicago, IL, led by Collision Hub Members Brian Benakos and Jun Yang. This award is given in recognition of the newest CARSTAR… Continue
Added by Deanna "Dee" Rainwater on September 21, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Considering auto body franchising? consider this before you ink. . .
Franchising isn’t for everyone, forewarned is forearmed, so follow these… Continue
Added by Christopher Sheehy on September 21, 2009 at 5:00pm —
In the opening address to the Carstar annual conference CEO, Richard Cross, called upon history to illuminate the current economic climate and the path of CARSTAR.
History provides us with unlimited examples of how varying cultures endured lengthy and rough periods of trial and error only to emerge an unimaginably better version of themselves.
From the beginning of the Jamestown settlement to our current economic revival… Continue
Added by Deanna "Dee" Rainwater on September 21, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Side note: ASA's July Capitol Hill Fly-In Promoted Support of H.R. 1880
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2009
—U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, has signed on as a co-sponsor for House Bill 1880, legislation establishing optional federal insurance regulation for property and casualty insurers. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports H.R. 1880.
Recently, ASA hosted a Capitol Hill… Continue
Added by Automotive Service Association on September 21, 2009 at 11:37am —
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Added by Don Murphy on September 21, 2009 at 10:10am —
I recently participated in the SCRS Affiliate Association Conference - and all I can say is WOW! What a great opportunity for associations to work together and learn from the activities of others. I thoroughly enjoyed the feedback given by all of the individual presentations made by each one, and look forward to another full year of us continuing these discussions on all of the SCRS Affiliate and Legislative concalls.
Our association is continuing to thrive in spite of harsh economic… Continue
Added by Jordan Hendler on September 17, 2009 at 3:28pm —
This will be a brief how-to on replacing a bedside panel.
1) Remove tailgate, tail lamp, bumper, and any other items needed to access the bedside.
2) Remove the bed bolts that mount the bed to the chassis, slide the bed back afterwards to access the spot welds on the front of the bed.
3) Grind all factory spot welds holding the panel to the bed assembly. (These are commonly located in the front of the bed, the wheel well, in the tail light pocket, and on the top… Continue
Added by Patrick Sampoll on September 17, 2009 at 12:32pm —
By: Chris Sheehy - Autobody Consulting Group
Published: Damage Report, ABRN "Top Favorite" blog post, Auto Body Association of CT Newsletter
Today’s vehicles are being engineered to avoid accidents. “Crash avoidance technology,” is not tomorrow’s technology, it’s here today, and it is changing everything we know about running a successful collision repair business. Consumer publications… Continue
Added by Christopher Sheehy on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am —
I am a student at Butler Community College, and last week three other students and I plus the teacher went to an Airbrush Seminar tought by Mickey Harris himself. The seminar that we had went to included the practice strokes, realistic flames and what goes into making them. The seminar was from 5 to 10 p.m. but there was a whole lot to cover so it ended up getting out at 11:30 pm. The seminar was held at the Keystone warehouse. For those who don't know Mickey Harris you can check out what he… Continue
Added by Zan Fine on September 15, 2009 at 8:25pm —
I am a Butler Community College collision repair student in Eldorado Kansas. What I want from this program, and what I'm getting, is to come out of the school knowing how to work dents and do body work all the way up to paint. I hope the future holds that anybody wants coming out of college, to starting working in the industry that I prefer and be able to make comfortable living while doing it. While nobody is sure what is going to happen to them these people tend to lack goals, goals I which I… Continue
Added by bhart1990 on September 14, 2009 at 1:29pm —