The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced its 2009-2010 board of directors and officers. The new leadership team was sworn in prior to the annual SCRS Corporate Awards Dinner on April 21 at the Marriott Hartford Downtown in Hartford, Conn.
Barry Dorn (Virginia) was named the SCRS chairman after two terms as SCRS vice chairman. Dorn’s industry involvement includes the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) database committee and the joint operating committee of the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG). Dorn also continues his duties as vice chairman for the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA).
All members of the executive board have served previously as SCRS officers. Dan Bailey (Kansas), previously national director, takes over as vice chairman. Incumbent Aaron Clark (Indiana) returns as secretary. After a one-year hiatus from the board, Craig Griffin (Arkansas) has been elected to the office of treasurer. Rollie Benjamin (Minnesota), a previous national director, is the new director-at-large. Gary Wano (Oklahoma) assumes the role of immediate past chairman.
National directors for the upcoming year include incumbents Tim Waldren (Nevada), Ron Reichen (Oregon), Dale Matsumoto (Hawaii) and Toby Chess (California). National directors that served last year and were elected to new terms are Joe Skurka (Michigan) and Stephen Regan (Massachusetts). Luis Alonso (California) is a new addition, appointed by Dorn to fill the remainder of Gary Wano’s term.
The new SCRS designated representative for the Missouri/Kansas (MO/KAN) chapter is Colette Bruce (Kansas), who takes over for Bill Garoutte (Missouri). Garoutte and former Director-at-Large Stacy Bartnik (Illinois) have fulfilled the maximum number of term limits per SCRS bylaws.
“We’ll all miss working with Bill and Stacy in their previous capacities,” says SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg, “but I have no doubt they will continue to find ways to contribute to SCRS at a high level. We want to thank them sincerely for all their years of service. They did a great job.”
Dorn, co-owner of Dorn’s Body and Paint in Mechanicsville, Va., has been involved in SCRS since 2001. During his term, he hopes to see the board working more closely with SCRS affiliates and communicating more frequently on both local and national issues.
“It’s essential that we work closely with our membership to ensure that their concerns are being heard and most importantly, that they are being addressed and hopefully resolved,” he said.
Dorn believes SCRS needs to stay involved with other industry associations, collaborating with them on important projects that effect overall change.
“I want to thank all those that support me in this new and challenging position,” he adds, “and I want to thank the board for entrusting me at the helm of SCRS. We welcome every individual that kindles within their heart the desire to stand up for the best interests of the repairer.”
For more information, visit www.scrs.com.