SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 14, April 8, 2010

SCRS Provides Details on Repairer Driven Education at the SEMA Show

  Society of Collision Repair Specialists
  SCRS plans to offer more than 21 seminars at the 2010 SEMA Show addressing the concerns of today's collision repair specialists.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) plans to feature more than 21 seminars during its Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the 2010 SEMA Show. All seminars, many being offered for the first time, will focus on issues relevant to today’s collision repair professionals.

The RDE track, scheduled 8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m on Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5, will launch with an inspiring seminar by Charles Coonradt, author of The Game of Work, Managing the Obvious, and The Better People Leader.

For the past 25 years, Coonradt's concepts in “The Game of Work” have enriched the lives and businesses of thousands of collision repairers around the country.

In this rare opportunity, RDE attendees can hear from the author himself how they can implement his concepts and learn how they, and their employees, can work as much as play. Attendees will return to the workplace charged with excitement at the opportunity to apply these principles, having participated in the final speaking engagement of Coonradt's illustrious career.

The two-day program will also feature info-packed sessions from speakers including Mike Anderson, Toby Chess, Erica Eversman J.D., John Sweigart, Patrick McGuire Esq., Steven Feltovich, Tim Ronak, Greg Horn and many more.

"Any time the industry finds additional venues and opportunities where repairers can learn about ways to improve their businesses and capitalize on the energy derived from stepping out of your box to focus on the business, we win as an industry," said SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. "Not only are the attendees going to have access to some of the best educational opportunities, speakers and specialists available to our industry, but, additionally, the participants are going to be able to harness all the excitement that the SEMA Show has to offer."

Seminar topics will range from how to legally and practically address steering, to getting ready for transitioning your business to a lean model; understanding and performing OEM recommended repairs to finding out how "quirky" customers can be your most valuable resources; and how a lack of understanding of wage and hour compliance could devastate your business, to a look at how to drive business to your door through social networking media.

A complete list of scheduled seminars, as well as specific details on maximizing time in Las Vegas, is online at www.scrs.com.

"One of the most attractive benefits we see for SCRS' affiliation with the SEMA Show is the opportunity for growth and enhancement that it presents to the average repair facility," added Barry Dorn, SCRS chairman and repair facility owner. "In today's market, it is increasingly more difficult for repairers to operate with diminishing margins and increased pressure.

“As a business owner, I am really excited about exploring what other revenue sources may exist that I can plug in to my existing business. I have the building, and I have the staff; if there is another business opportunity that caters to my customer base and only requires investment in some inventory and additional training, I want to know more about it. The SEMA Show is certainly the perfect venue to learn more and such a logical place for our industry to meet."

Exhibitor space sign-up for the 2010 SEMA Show is open, and exhibitor applications received with deposits by May 7 will be included in the priority space selection process. Attendee online registration will open on April 5.

Attendees will be able to register for SCRS RDE seminars through the SEMA Show website, www.SEMAShow.com.

"The SCRS and its members represent an important audience at the SEMA Show," said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. "We're pleased to be working with them to develop programs and features that are relevant to the collision repair industry."

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