NWLCRA February 4, 2014 Meeting
Gary Weese, an instructor with Caddo Parish & Technology Center spoke first about the annual upcoming Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) "Business/Mentor Awards Banquet. It will be held on February 13, 2014. For more information, see the Calendar page on nwlcra.org. One of the most significant points Gary brought out was that the State of Louisiana has put money back in the budget for Career and Technical schools because they have now seen the importance of training our youth. Chris stressed that everyone should get involved in programs such as AYES and others to get better Technicians. Helping these programs will develop better Technicians.
Bill Burnside, our Secretary/Treasurer, and I-CAR instructor discussed the upcoming I-CAR schedule that is now on I-CAR's website through the month of December 2014. Bill also works for Tri-State Coatings, and is very active with the Skills USA competition. He gave an update on the High School level Skills competition and said that as always, judges and helpers are needed with the event. The High School level will begin on April 3, 2014. Anyone interested, should contact Bill Burnside. The Post-Secondary Skills level will be held later in April. Again, judges and helpers are needed for these events.
Southern Auto Repair Conference will be April 11 and 12 in Biloxi, Mississippi and will have Attorney Eason as the speaker. Several collision centers in the Mississippi have filed an injunction against Parts Trader.
Ken Braswell with Brock's Collision attended the Louisiana Collision Association (LCA) which was held on January 21, 2014. He said this is a newly formed association and there were well over 100 in attendance. He said multiple topics were discussed and like us, they stress the need for people in the industry to become involved with the local Collision Industry Associations and the State level. If there are things you would like to get improved in the Industry, complaining about it never helps, but becoming involved can make changes.
The meeting was adjourned and the NWLCRA will meet next month at the Country Tavern at 6:30 pm on March 4, 2014. We would like to have another good turnout and hope that our local Collision professionals will become involved to make our Collision Industry the best for the Ark-LA-Tex area!