Registration Open for Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ SEMA Show Education Series

By SEMA Editors

Registration for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the 2017 SEMA Show is now open.

Registration for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the 2017 SEMA Show is now open. For Show attendees looking to make travel plans, new Monday, October 30, timeslots were added for 2017.

The Monday lineup presents three options from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., featuring:

Current and Future Technologies 2017 and Beyond  
Ken Boylan, Chief Automotive Technologies

This course explores topics such as current and future technologies that include joining technologies, hybrid welding techniques that can join dissimilar metals effectively, friction stir and remote laser welding techniques, and what nanotechnologies will mean to the collision repair industry. Learn how some materials will be 10 to one times stronger and lighter than what is being used today. What will the repair industry look like and what new skills and equipment will be required to meet these challenges?

Culture, Culture, Culture—Would You Work in Your Own Shop?!  
Judy Folk, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Inc.

In reality, all organizations have a company culture—whether good or bad, which directly impacts employee engagement. The key question is this: Is it a culture by default, or by design? To transform your culture, you must win the hearts and minds of the people you work with, and that takes both adeptness and persuasion.

Severity—Why It Does Not Matter and What to Do About It!
Greg Griffith and Tim Ronak, AkzoNobel

As part of a KPI review as a shop owner or manager, have you ever been told that your ‘severity’ is too high? Have you been told that your ‘business partner’ may reconsider your relationship unless you reduce ‘severity’ to align with their purported value? Do you understand ‘severity’ and what part, if any of it, is really under your control? Why is it that insurers treat a calculated ‘severity’ as a ceiling value?

For those arriving earlier on Monday, SEMA is also offering education options, including an opening keynote from mentalist and magician Max Majors from 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m., that focuses on better communication through understanding of body language and non-verbal cues, and a follow-up session from 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., featuring Patti Wood of Communication Dynamics. Wood will similarly focus on making the most of first impressions and body language skills and insights. Both sessions are free to attend.

When registering for education through, attendees will have the option to either link the education to an existing registration, or to purchase a new Show pass at the same time as the education package.

While all education sessions are individually available, SCRS encourages attendees to consider a full series pass, which will provide the greatest value and access to one regular session in each available time slot, all three sessions of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Sessions and one ticket to the SCRS after-party, Thursday night, November 2.