More than 200 members of the collision repair industry met at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Ore., for the 20th annual AkzoNobel Sikkens Acoat Selected Summer Conference. The event was held Sept. 2527, 2013.
Collision repair centers and distributors alike celebrated successes, discovered innovative solutions to today’s unique business issues and developed relationships with some of the most progressive businesses in the collision repair industry, according to AkzoNobel.
The 2013 Sikkens Acoat summer program offered breakout sessions, individual consulting and performance group experience. Special guest speakers and industry experts at the event were:
- Michael Giarrizzo president of DCR Systems
- George Avery State Farm Insurance
- Cory King partner at Fine, Boggs & Perkins LLP
- Steve Schoolcraft Phoenix Solutions Group
- Frank Terlep Summit Software Solutions
More than 20 awards were presented to numerous businesses recognizing those that had demonstrated outstanding performance during 2013. Businesses receiving top honors were:
- Action Award
Mike Grant, Collex Collision Experts Shrewsbury, N.J.
- Pride Award
Lee & Leila Bates, Bates Collision Centers Baytown & Channelview, Texas
- Business of the Year
Don Cox, Elmer’s Autobody West Collingswood, N.J.
“For over 20 years, the AkzoNobel Acoat Selected program has focused on shop efficiency, productivity and profitability in order to create sustainable business practices," said Barry Rinehart, North American services manager of AkzoNobel Car Refinishes America. "It is a unique program within the North American collision repair market. We pioneered programs that looked at the entire collision repair experience. Our members will attest to the fact that our programs offer content that is practical, relevant and creates business environments that enable our customers to grow and prosper.”