Experts Announced for SCRS’ OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

By The Society of Collision Repair Specialists


The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is one of the most unique networking and learning opportunities available to the collision repair industry, designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology. The Summit's focus is on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology, and how both of those aspects influence vehicle repairability and collision industry preparation.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has compiled a slate of the industry's most respected subject matter experts who bring rich histories of involvement in the sophisticated advancements seen in the automotive and collision repair fields. The presenters, moderators and panelists will highlight architectural and technological developments in modern vehicles, and how those advancements intersect with the repair process. Every participant in this industry can benefit from better insight into how vehicles and materials are evolving, what that means in the repair process and what will be expected of those who are performing these repairs.

The day will be broken into three segments, and attendees can register for all three as a complete series, or for each independently. All three segments of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit are included in the RDE Full Series Pass.

Onsite registrations can be secured in the main Show registration area, or outside the session rooms.

The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held between 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 in room N241 found on the upper level of the North Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The upper level can be accessed by the escalator next to the food court in the North Hall Lobby.

OEM1 – Advanced Automotive Technology

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Structural Connectivity – Understanding the Future of Automaker Joining Techniques

Panel and Speakers
Steve Marks, industry technical support manager, I-CAR (Moderator)
Doug Craig, technical application engineer, LORD Corporation
Klaus Reitzig, chief engineer and director, Wielander + Schill Engineering
Oliver Woelfel, president, Advanced Collision Repair Solutions
Shawn Collins, senior technical service engineer, 3M

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Tech Crunch -The Role of Programming and Diagnostics in Post-Repair Road Worthiness

Panel and Speakers
Aaron Clark, vice president of technical compliance, Assured Performance Network (Moderator)
Chuck Olsen, director of diagnostics and technical support, Collision Diagnostic Services
Eric Mendoza, collision repair & refinish training assistant manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
John Ellis, managing director, Ellis & Associates
John Waraniak, vice president, vehicle technology, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

OEM2 – The Future of Aluminum in the Automotive Industry
12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Presented by: Doug Richman, vice president of engineering and technology, Kaiser Aluminum

Panel and Speakers

Brandin Benson, service engineer, product technical support, Mercedes-Benz USA
Mark Allen, specialist, collision programs & workshop equipment, Audi of America
Mark Szlachta, advanced service of design engineer, GM

3:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
OEM3 – The Continuing Evolution of Advanced Steels in Automotive Bodies
Presented by:
Dr. Blake Zuidema, director of automotive product applications, ArcelorMittal

Panel and Speakers
Chris Tobie, instructional designer, American Honda Motor Co.
Joe DiDonato, technical training administrator, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.
John Hughes, collision repair responsible, FCA
Robert Hartman, team leader – North American structures & closures, GM

You can register for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and other RDE sessions at