The third annual Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Affiliate Leadership Conference held recently in Chicago gave the association’s national board and state affiliate groups an opportunity to exchange ideas and information.
"Representatives from more than 15 of our state affiliate groups attended the event to hear what’s being done in other states that they might be able to replicate, and to hear first-hand from SCRS’ national leaders,” said SCRS Chairman Gary Wano. “They also provided their input on what they’d like to see the national organization focus on, either continuing or adding to those items."
Each of the SCRS state affiliate groups represented at the meeting had an opportunity to discuss what they are doing in terms of state legislation, member recruiting and benefits, and other activities.
In addition to the idea exchange, attendees also discussed some key issues in the industry to offer their input as to which they feel SCRS should address by working on both a state and national level.
"Some of these aren’t issues we as a single state affiliate group can have a lot of impact on," said Ed Dahm, executive director of the Oregon Collision Repair Specialists, said. "But we can suggest things SCRS can do nationally, and by working in conjunction with the national organization and other state groups, we can help make some significant progress for the industry."
Wano said that in addition to holding the annual Affiliate Leadership Conference, SCRS plans to hold conference calls among the affiliate group leaders on a regular basis.