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SCRS Releases Lineup for Inaugural OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit


The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has published the full schedule and lineup of speakers for the inaugural OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit being held Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show.

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The Summit will allow the industry to explore ways in which automotive design, technology and materials impact repairability, as well as how repairability influences structural design and development.

Registration is required, and can be selected as a stand-alone event or as part of the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Full Series Pass. The event will be held in the upper level of the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall in rooms N231-N241.

The schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome Address
Aaron Schulenburg
SCRS | Executive Director

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Presentation: Aluminum Transportation Group
Doug Richman | Technical Committee Chairman, the Aluminum Association’s Transportation Group and Vice President-Engineering/Technology, Kaiser Aluminum


10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Panel I – Automobile Developments: How Automotive Manufacturing is Driving Change in the Repair Industry

A panel of automaker technical experts will discuss advancements in vehicle design specific to materials and architecture that will impact repair process and approach.

Mark Allen
Audi of America | Specialist – Collision Programs and Workshop Equipment

Tom Brizuela
BMW of North America | Body and Paint Technical Team Leader

Leo Gruzas
General Motors | Manager, Body/Exterior Service Engineering

Benito Cid
Mercedes-Benz, USA | Collision Business Manager

Andy MacDonald
Tesla Motors | Body Program Manager

Joseph DiDonato
Toyota Motor Sales, USA | Collision Training Administrator, Technical Training & Body Department

Moderated by: Jason Bartanen
I-CAR | Director, Industry Technical Relations

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presentation: Auto/Steel Partnership
David Rigg | Advanced High-Strength Steel Repairability Chair, the Auto/Steel Partnership and Global Service Lead, Structures, General Motors Company


Lunch Break
(1 hour)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Panel II – Equipment Development: How vehicle design and materials relate to equipment longevity and design

A panel of collision repair equipment manufacturers will discuss how vehicle design and substrate materials relate to tool and equipment design, application and longevity.

Per Madsen
Car-O-Liner Company | Managing Director, Singapore

Ken Boylan
Chief Automotive Technologies | Global Training Manager

Stéphane Jourdan
Celette France SAS | Technical Director

Brandon Lowder
Global Finishing Solutions | Vice President of Refinish

Ron Olsson
Pro Spot International | CEO

Tim Morgan
Spanesi Americas | Managing Director

Moderated by: Lou DiLisio
Automotive Industry Consulting Inc. | President

2:10 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Panel III – Marketplace Development: How specialization is shifting collision repair business practices


A panel of collision repair professionals will discuss the commitment to certified collision repair programs and advancing technology, how their businesses differ from traditional collision repair businesses and the costs associated with training, equipment and resources. They will illustrate business cases for how such investments can produce an ROI, even when faced with current market pressures.

Kye Yeung
European Motor Car Works (California) | Owner

Paul Sgro
Lee’s Garage (New Jersey) | Owner

Eric McKenzie
Park Place Dealerships (Texas) | Director of Body Shop Operations

Ron Reichen
Precision Body and Paint (Oregon) | Owner

Luis Pineda
Spectrum Collision Center (California) | General Manager

Rodney Antepenko
Westmont Body Werks (Illinois) | Owner

Moderated by: Dusty Womble
Roger Beasley Collision Center (Texas) | Operating Partner/General Manager

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Panel IV – OEM Certification Development: The programs behind OEM partnership


A panel of automakers and their designated certifying partner companies will discuss the development and implementation of OEM certification programs. The sessions will discuss what they look for, the advantages such programs create for the marketplace, and how the programs are changing the future outlook for the industry.

Mark Allen
Audi of America | Specialist – Collision Programs and Workshop Equipment

Gary Scott
Axalta Coating Systems | Business Segment Manager, OEM Aftermarket

Paul Massie
Ford Customer Service Division | Collision Product Marketing Manager

Scott Biggs
Assured Performance | CEO

Benito Cid
Mercedes-Benz, USA | Collision Business Manager

Vic Mueller
Summit Consulting Int’l | Mercedes-Benz Collision Business Manager

Rick Leos
Toyota Motor Sales, USA | Wholesale Parts and Collision Strategy Consultant

Bob McDonald
Summit Consulting Int’l | President and Toyota/Lexus Certified Collision Business Manager

Moderated by: Jordan Hendler
Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association | Executive Director

5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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