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For the first time, collision repairers will have an educational track dedicated to them at the SEMA Show. Repairer Driven Education (RDE), sponsored by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), will feature 21 seminars, many of which are being offered for the first time during RDE’s inaugural launch.
Slated for Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5, RDE participants will be able to attend six seminars and hear a keynote from Charles A. Coonradt, author of "The Game of Work." The seminars cover a range of topics, including steering, lean principles, repairing modern vehicles, social media and the EPA 6H Rule.
Coonradt will kick off RDE at 8 a.m. Nov. 4 by explaining how employees can enjoy work as much as play with a winning organizational culture, SCRS says.
"Unless you yourself are the one pounding the metal, sanding, painting and detailing, your success and the success of the business depends on the performance of others," Coonradt says. "The classes being presented within the RDE program deal with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the day-to-day scenarios facing the industry and the specific skill sets required in the repair of the vehicle. The concepts I will be presenting deal with motivating those who perform those operations. ‘Understanding the Game of Work’ will help a leader/owner to better absorb and, more importantly, apply the content presented in the rest of the classes."
Tentative Schedule of RDE Seminars
Thursday, November 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Getting Ready for the Lean Transition
Waterborne: How to Stay Afloat (Panel Discussion)
Thursday, November 4, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Making Lean Work
"Steering" Legal and Practical Approaches to the Problem
Achieving Service Excellence
Friday, November 5, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Economic Pricing Considerations for the Collision Industry in 2010
Auto Physical Damage Industry Trends
Friday, November 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
When to Rivet, Weld, Braze or Bond New Exotic Metals
Friday, November 5, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wage & Hour Compliance What You Don’t Know Could Bankrupt You
Positioning Yourself in the Collision Repair Industry
Along with RDE, several industry meetings will be held in conjunction with the SEMA show:
Tuesday, Nov. 2
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Open SCRS Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. CIC Reception
Wednesday, Nov. 3
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Collision Industry Conference
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Industry Achievement Luncheon
SCRS Chairman Barry Dorn says the SEMA Show is the ideal place for collision repairers to network and learn more about the industry and how to run successful businesses.
"In today’s market, it is increasingly more difficult for repairers to operate with diminishing margins and increased pressure," Dorn says. "As a business owner, I am really excited about exploring what other revenue sources may exist that I can plug in to my existing business. I have the building and I have the staff; if there is another business opportunity that caters to my customer base, and only requires investment in some inventory and additional training, I want to know more about it. The SEMA Show is certainly the perfect venue to learn more, and such a logical place for our industry to meet.”