SCRS Announces Panelists for OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Session on Training Programs
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SCRS Announces Panelists for OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Session on Training Programs

Shawn Hart of Audi of America, James Meyer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Rick Miller of Jaguar Land Rover, and Mike Kukavica of Porsche Cars North America, Inc., will discuss the existing challenges technical staff have as they enter the training room doors, and the skills they acquire after they leave.



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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced additional details for the afternoon session (3-5 p.m.) of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit. The summit, to be held Nov. 3rd during the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, will continue to focus on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology and how those aspects influence vehicle repairability.

Attendees can register now to attend any of the three different segments offered through the day, which can be selected individually or collectively as part of the RDE Full Series Pass. Registration options can be found at Register by Oct. 14th to take advantage of discounted pricing.


The summit is designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology, and this particular segment intends to address the training and learning opportunities available to the collision repair industry.

The afternoon session is:

OEM3 | MEET THE TRAINER: A candid discussion with individuals responsible for manufacturer training and curriculum development for technical staff and industry outreach will host a collision repairer moderated panel that will feature training instructors and curriculum developers from some of the most prestigious automaker training academies. The discussion will highlight the programs available to the industry, both at a technical level as well as an industry awareness level. In-person trainers have a unique insight into the existing challenges our technical staff have as they enter the training room doors, and the skills they acquire after they leave. The conversation will address proficiency expectations, preparatory steps collision repair facilities can take in order to achieve better results with technicians, and, in addition to exploring the technical staff training and testing processes, the discussion will also look at training targeted to raise awareness beyond the repair shop floor. The panel discussion will provide interactive opportunities for audience members to participate in the discussion. The panelists include:

  • Audi of America | Shawn Hart, collision repair training instructor and curriculum designer
  • Toyota Motor Sales, USA | James Meyer, senior collision repair & refinish training instructor
  • Jaguar Land Rover | Rick Miller, network consultant
  • Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | Mike Kukavica, collision repair technology instructor

Earlier in the day, attendees will be able to also participate in “OEM1 | Restoring Vehicle Functionality through Electronic Technology and Diagnostics” (9:30-11:30 a.m.) featuring representatives of FCA, Nissan North America, American Honda Motor Co., and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, as well as AirPro Diagnostics, RobertBosch LLC, Collision Diagnostic Services, I-CAR and Snap-On Diagnostics.


The middle session, “OEM2 | Advanced Vehicle Materials, Construction and Repair Considerations” (12:30-2:30 p.m.), will feature two unique presentations from Mark Voss, Engineering Group manager: Body Structures Advanced Composites, General Motors Co., and Frank V. Billotto, Dow Automotive Systems Business Marketing manager – Aftermarket. Both will focus on aspects of vehicle body design and assembly.

“The future of the collision repair industry is highly skilled professionals working on highly sophisticated automobiles that require the industry to embrace the necessary investments in training and equipment, but also relies on informed business owners who understand how to define for themselves what a sustainable and successful business model to support that investment looks like,” stated SCRS.


Attendees are encouraged to register early, as space will be limited for each of these sessions. Click here to register for the SEMA Show and SCRS Repairer Driven Education programs, including the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit.

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