The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has scheduled its 2009 annual meeting for Tuesday, April 21 at the Marriott Hartford Downtown in Hartford, Conn., in conjunciton with the Collision Industry Conference.
The gathering will feature a full slate of events emphasizing the strategies repairers can use to survive and thrive in an evolving industry.
The first of two major forums speaks directly to this theme. A panel of past SCRS chairmen will discuss in town hall format how the industry has changed over the years and the repairer strategies they’ve witnessed during their tenures that did and did not work.
“SCRS has a rich history of industry involvement over the past several decades,” said SCRS Chairman Gary Wano. “It’s not only important, but imperative to understand the dynamics between what our industry was ‘then’ and what it is now. Learning from those who helped to write chapters in our history will serve as a guide for us as we move forward to advance ourselves and our businesses.”
The Auto Body Association of Connecticut has arranged for a presentation by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, followed immediately by an audience question-and-answer session. Blumenthal will speak on several topics, including why and how he became interested in the auto repair industry, what actions his office has taken on industry-related issues, and what tactics collision repairers and state groups can use to get the attention of state legislatures and attorneys generals with the goal of passing legislation supporting repairer interests.
The SCRS board meeting, the annual election of SCRS officers and the SCRS-hosted corporate awards dinner will also take place at the annual meeting.
Following is a schedule of SCRS, NABC and CIC events slated for April in Hartford:
Tuesday, April 21
10:30 a.m.-noon SCRS board meeting
1-5 p.m. NABC board meeting
1-4 p.m. Executive directors conference
5-5:30 p.m. SCRS annual meeting
6-10:30 p.m. SCRS corporate awards dinner (RSVP required by Friday, April 10)
Wednesday, April 22
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SCRS Forum (RSVP required by Friday, April 10)
8-8:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions
8:15-10:15 a.m. "Lessons from the Past to Sustain Our Future" panel discussion with SCRS past chairmen
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
1:30-5:30 p.m. Collision Industry Conference (CIC)
6:30-9 p.m. CIC Reception
Thursday, April 23
8 a.m.-1 p.m. CIC
1 p.m. Traveler’s training center tour (shuttle to leave from hotel provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car)
To register for the meeting or for more information, call Linda Atkins at (877) 841-0660 or e-mail [email protected].