SCRS Announces Lineup for 2019 IDEAS Collide Showcase

By SEMA Editors

The IDEAS Collide Showcase features 10 presentations delivered in 10 minutes, designed to stimulate thought, innovation and resolution of business challenges with brash, outspoken and provoking concepts from thought leaders both in and out of the industry.

Registration is open for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) IDEAS Collide Showcase, Friday, November 8, from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., in Las Vegas.

The IDEAS Collide Showcase, which is a part of SEMA Show Education, features 10 presentations delivered in 10 minutes, designed to stimulate thought, innovation and resolution of business challenges with brash, outspoken and provoking concepts from thought leaders both in and out of the industry. Topics could rattle the status quo with ambitious ideas that have a transformative effect on the industry or offer keys to resolving existing market challenges. The program will be emceed by online training developer, author and international and corporate speaker Paul Webb of Paul Webb Training. 

“Last year, SCRS launched the first-ever IDEAS Collide Showcase, and we are excited for its return in 2019,” stated SCRS Chairman Brett Bailey. “It was one of our most talked-about events of the series last year, and the format really seemed to resonate with attendees. There was a lot of input following the session expressing appreciation for the pace of presentations keeping it energetic and exciting; but also limiting presentations to 10 minutes allowed Showcase attendees to get exposed to a broad mix of topics and ideas that they wouldn’t necessarily have chosen to attend as a stand-alone event, but ultimately proved to be really interesting.”

To watch the full lineup of 2018 IDEAS Collide Showcase contributors, visit the SCRS playlist on YouTube.

The 2019 program is back with an entirely new lineup to highlight disruption and solution to the collision industry:

Ryan Taylor, CEO, Bodyshop Booster Inc.

What If Your Customer Could File a Claim Right at Your Shop Without Having to Talk to Their Insurance Company?

We live in a time of disruption, and for years, body shops have had very little control over the claims process. What if shops could be like a dentist office and have the ability to collect First Notice Of Loss information and the authority to file the claim on behalf of the customer?

New data out of the Insurance sector is showing that this may be a very real possibility. In this, Ted Talk Ryan Taylor of Body Shop Booster will reveal new research and a possible path for shops who want to take back control of the claims process.

Tim Ronak, Senior Services Consultant, AkzoNobel

“That’s Just the Cost of Doing Business”

Understanding the difference between a direct cost and an overhead cost can be a confusing task with today’s vehicles when repairing the physical damage along with the technology imbedded within them. Historical views of training expenses, equipment investment and facility utilization may be outdated when evaluating the current industry marketplace.

The industry is changing faster than ever before, and new technologies, procedures, skills and services are being required to return vehicles back to their pre-accident state. The industry is in conflict over which procedures are considered a “cost of doing business” and which are a “direct cost of the repair.” Understanding how to explain and justify the direct costs associated with returning a vehicle back to a condition that ensures the customer is just as safe post repair as they were prior to the damage occurring is crucial if a collision-repair business is going to remain sustainable. Understanding the concept of an avoidable direct cost is the key for today’s repairer to successfully navigate the reimbursement process documentation.                   

Mario Dimovski, CEO, Tradiebot Industries

How Augmented Reality Technology Could Change the Industry With Repair Information at Your Fingertips

Tradiebot’s new software, WorxAR uses augmented reality to help technicians perform service repairs by accessing the latest digital repair processes and service manuals. It almost acts as a digital assistant for collision repairers performing repairs on a vehicle. The technology can also be used for training, providing access to standard operating procedures, repair manuals, real-time information on workshop jobs and intuitive training in a digital format accessible via smartphone, tablet or AR glasses.

Elle Artison, CEO, Paul Webb Training

6 Bridge Statements—Getting to “Yes”

The brain takes words literally and human beings can only act on the information they are given. Ever stop to think and forget to start again? Bridge statements take you to the start again—and that gets you to “yes!”

Kyle Holt, President, S/P2   

Grow Your Own Techs!

The No. 1 crisis facing the automotive industry is the technician shortage. The only sustainable competitive advantage is to grow your own technicians. Learn how to recruit the next generation of technicians and how to implement a mentoring program to grow your own techs. Let your competitors complain that they can’t find technicians while you propel your business forward. Recruit and grow the technicians you need, and never worry about the technician shortage again!

Fred Iantorno, Vice President, IoT, VeriFacts Automotive

Collision Shops In the Connected Age

Explore the connected shop based on the enhancements within four areas: Repair process documentation; the internet of things in the shop; a blueprint of financial messages; and First Notice of Loss (FNOL) and estimating in the connected ecosphere.

Wayne Mitchell, Global Director Automotive Solutions, Stericycle Expert Solutions

“Recall Evolution” It’s Not Just the Vehicle That’s Changing

In the wake of in what NHTSA has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” the Takata airbag recall process has had lasting impact on the automotive industry. In this presentation, we will explore what this recall means to collision repairers, ways in which the industry has already been engaged in potential solutions and opportunities to expand the solution independent collision businesses may present to the nearly 20 affected automakers. We will sift through the potential downstream impact on the recall landscape, regulatory pressure and the evolution that has stemmed from the lessons learned.

Judy Folk, Collision Repair Design Service, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes

Process-Driven Design

The knowledge of a process-driven organization is rooted in the entire business system and not in the people employed there. This shift allows the collision center to continuously react to the environment to update practices/SOP and ensure efficiency in every business process. Improvement is continuous and flexible. Training becomes seamless as employees simply jump into a process with little variation. Process-driven design means that your company will sharpen their process, working to become extremely efficient while maintaining value.

Doug Kelly, CEO, asTech            

The Future of Vehicle Electronics, Service and Repair

Ready for a glance into the future of electronic repair on today and tomorrow’s automobile servicing, capabilities and needs? This session will introduce dialog and challenges that we may face in the very near future.

John Goglia, Independent aviation safety consultant and adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

A View of Transportation Safety, From Cruising Altitude

With more than 40 years’ experience in the aviation industry, and serving as the first National Transportation Safety Bureau member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic's certificate, this session will allow John Goglia to reflect on a lifetime of commitment to aviation safety. From documented checklists and processes, complex records of service, and parts and procedure specifications that live as part of the history of aircraft, there are a wide variety of established practices in the aviation space that can serve as an example to the automotive and collision-repair sectors; many may even contribute to a greater perception of safety as a standard, rather than an option. This is your opportunity to learn from an author on aviation safety management systems, adjunct professor on aeronautics and technology and columnist for four aviation trade publications as we explore the world of aviation safety management.

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

Attendees from the United States who register before October 11 will save money and receive their badges prior to the show.

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