SCRS Announces SEMA Show OEM Summit Panelists

By SEMA Editors


The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced its lineup of panelists participating in the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit sessions, Thursday, November 2, as part of the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Summit topics will address the impact automotive research has on vehicle construction and functionality, that construction and functionality have on performing once-commonplace repair procedures and that those OEM procedures, or failure to implement them, have on liability and safety.

The Summit will feature the following sessions:

How Automotive Research is Driving Change in Vehicle Design, Technology and Function
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
OEM1, Room N241

The panel, moderated by John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of vehicle technology, will feature M. Scott Ulnick, managing principle, Ducker Worldwide; Matthew Doude, associate director, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS); Doug Richman, vice president of engineering, Kaiser Aluminum; and Barry Dorn, vice president, Dorn’s Body and Paint.

Join this panel to gain a deeper insight into today’s research, which can potentially reshape tomorrow’s vehicle repairs. Register for this session, or for all three sessions.

The Impact of Advanced Vehicle Systems on Routine Repair Process and Procedure 
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
OEM2, N241

This panel, moderated by Kaleb Silver, senior product manager, Hunter Engineering, will feature Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, regulatory and government affairs, Auto Care Association; Scott Kaboos, assistant manager, collision, American Honda Motor Co.; and Dean McConnell, director, ADAS business unit, global customer programs, NAFTA OEMs chassis and safety division, Continental Corp.

Silver will present challenges facing the industry, and the impact of advanced systems on routine services, such as wheel alignments. After the presentation, he will welcome the panel to discuss the growing complexities facing the repair marketplace. Register for this session, or for all three sessions.

The day will conclude with perhaps one of the most critical conversations collision-repair facilities should be paying attention to; held from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Space will be limited, and we encourage pre-registration.
The Hidden Dangers of Vehicle Technology, Improper Repair Methodology and Your Liabilities
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
OEM3, N241 
Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged.

This panel, moderated by John Ellis, managing director, Ellis & Associates, will feature Todd Tracy, attorney, The Tracy Law Firm; Erica Eversman, attorney, Vehicle Information Services; Mark Allen, collision programs director, Audi of America; and Aaron Clark, former collision-repair facility owner.

This panel will address an industry grappling to reconcile how to move forward when certain automotive manufacturer requirements are expected to be performed on every occasion, but insurance claims positioning leans toward “case-by-case” approval. Participants will include litigators, technology experts and those with experience in facing liability and safety implications with performing repairs in today’s environment. Register for this session, or for all three sessions.

The 2017 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is made possible with support from PPG Automotive Refinish, AkzoNobel, BASF, CCC Information Services Inc., DeBeer Refinish, Reliable Automotive Equipment Inc., Toyota Motor Sales USA and SEMA.

To register to attend the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, visit and either select the individual sessions, or a full series pass for the best value.

For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member before the promotional period opens, please visit, call toll free 877-841-0660 or email