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Register Now for SCRS OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, IDEAS Collide Showcase

By SEMA Editors


The Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held Thursday, November 1, at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Summit will feature three sessions, each designed to host discussion between companies and individuals who are able to highlight emerging trends that influence vehicle repairability and collision industry preparation.

The second session, entitled “The Evolution of OEM Networks and Expectations,” will take place November 1, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

In this 90-minute panel discussion, representatives from General Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan Group of America and Volvo Cars USA will share details of their distinct program structures and elaborate on how the expectations have evolved to their present state.

As vehicle architecture and technology advance, so do the expectations of those performing repairs. Specialization and commitment to repair procedure adherence become increasingly more paramount, and many automakers have shifted their models of creating OEM collision-repair networks to ensure that consumers have vetted options if collision-repair services become necessary.

The session will be moderated by Aaron Clark, vice president, technical compliance for Assured Performance Network, and David Gruskos, president, Reliable Automotive Equipment Inc.

Panelists will include:

  • John Eck, General Motors Co.
    Collision Manager, Customer Care & Aftersales    
  • Kenneth Park, Volvo Cars USA
    Certified Collision Program Manager
  • Ben Cid, Mercedes-Benz USA
    Collision Business Manager
  • Mark Zoba, Nissan Group of America
    Manager, Collision Network Growth & Strategy

There has never been a better time to gain an understanding of what OEMs expect of the collision-repair community. To secure your spot to learn directly from General Motors, Volvo Cars USA, Mercedes-Benz USA and Nissan Group of America about their certified networks, visit

The final afternoon session, to be held from 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., will explore “The Future Impact of Telematics, Technology, Transportation and the Collision Industry.” For this two-hour session, SCRS welcomes back TEDx speaker and author of “The Zero Dollar Car” John Ellis of Ellis & Associates. Ellis is an expert in big data and how it will change the business models of the world’s leading sectors. For this session, SCRS has brought together thought leaders with OEM, technology, claims and fleet backgrounds to explore how the future of automotive technology inside the vehicle will change external interactions in the event of a loss. Whether communicating with individuals or associated organizations, there is a great deal of development in the area where technology interfaces and telematics data will impact collision-repair business models.

Panelists will include:

  • Andreas Hecht, CCC Information Services
    SVP, general manager OEM   
  • Derik Reiser, Enterprise Holdings Inc.
    AVP, technology innovation
  • Charlene Wehman, Subaru of America Inc.
    cross-car line planning manager – telematics
  • James Levendusky, Verisk
    vice president, telematics

The panelists will share direct experience in their world of connectivity, and help the repair audience consider and understand the work being done to integrate point-of-impact data, telematics and connectivity between respective parties. Most importantly, attendees will gain visibility into what that connectivity means to repairers, the work they do on the shop floor and their relationship to the consumer and others in the process.

Register for all three sessions of the 2018 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, or visit

The other session included in the 2018 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit includes:

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
“The Rules—and Challenges—of Structural Repair on Modern Architecture”

In addition, registration is open for the SCRS’ IDEAS Collide Showcase, Friday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Register now for the IDEAS Collide Showcase, or visit

“The IDEAS Collide Showcase was really to take an approach similar to TED Talks, but with the SCRS twist of being specific to the collision-repair industry,” shares SCRS Vice Chairman Brett Bailey. “We introduced it by calling for speakers that were willing to explore big ideas worthy of consideration, but capable of delivering those ideas in a condensed timeframe.”

The two-hour program will tackle topics that either highlight disruption or provide solution in the collision-repair industry. Ten speakers will deliver fast-paced presentations designed to stimulate thought, innovation and resolution of business challenges with brash, outspoken and thought-provoking concepts. The lineup includes:

  • Jeff Hendler     
    owner, JD Hendler/Associates
  • M. Scott Ulnick
    managing principal, Ducker Worldwide
  • Dan Langford
    innovation director, Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility
    Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
  • Pete Tagliapietra
    president, NuGen IT
  • Kevin Dunn
    CEO, Decisely
  • Amir Hever
    CEO, UVeye
  • John Shoemaker
    business development manager, BASF Automotive Refinish North America
  • Matthew Doude
    associate director, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
    Mississippi State University
  • Jason Verlen
    SVP product management, strategy and marketing, CCC Information Services
  • John Ellis
    principal, Ellis & Associates
    Author, The Zero Dollar Car

The IDEAS Collide Showcase will be included in the Full Series Pass option available at, or as a stand-alone session that can be selected online.

For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member, visit, call 877-841-0660 or email