|The I-CAR TechPro World Tour debuted at the 2010 SEMA Show.|
Through a partnership between the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and SEMA, the 2010 SEMA Show for the first time featured a dedicated area for more than 250 collision industry exhibitors. SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education drew more than 125 individuals through two days of educational offerings that covered topics targeting collision-repair professionals.
“Based on the obvious energy and excitement that filled the halls of the Show and the feedback we have received from exhibitors, attendees, speakers and Show management, this first-year initiative is by any measure a tremendous success and significant benefit both for the industry and our association,” said SCRS Chairman Barry Dorn. “SCRS worked incredibly hard this year to put together what we felt would offer the industry a fresh and exciting option for shops looking to step outside of their business to find education, inspiration and ideas that can carry their businesses successfully into the future. This was a first-year effort with strong results given the economy and the uncertainty about launching a new venue within the industry. I am confident that those in attendance believe we accomplished our goals.”
I-CAR training classes and the debut of the I-CAR TechPro World Tour were also featured, while collision industry groups held several meetings throughout the week. The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting attracted nearly 400 attendees, including 66 first-timers, and the CIC Achievement Awards Luncheon drew more than 300 attendees. In addition, there were meetings conducted by SCRS, I-CAR, NABC, AASP, the OEM Roundtable and others. According to SCRS, more than 11 collision industry groups took advantage of the free meeting space offered to the industry by the SEMA Show and the Las Vegas Hilton.
“We measure our success by the feedback we hear from our strategic partners, exhibitors and attendees,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA’s vice president of communications and events. “Our collaboration with SCRS and the collision industry enabled us to take a solid step forward in developing a Show that serves the industry. Looking forward we’ll continue to invest in such resources as world-class education and Show features that will attract leading collision-repair companies to the annual SEMA Show.”
Based upon the success of the 2010 SEMA Show, the collision industry and SCRS are both assured that they will have a prominent place within the 2011 SEMA Show.
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