NWLCRA August 7, 2012 Meeting
The meeting was brought to order by Bill Burnside, NWLCRA Secretary-Treasurer. Ben Sanders, owner of B&S Collision gave our prayer. The anti-trust statement was read by Bill Burnside. Chris Shepherd, Collision Repair Instructor at Louisiana Technical College introduced two students that went to the National Skills Competition. Adam Townsel placed 18th, and Hector Diaz placed 21rst. Chris said it has been quite some time since LTC had participated in the National SkillsUSA competition, and he was proud of his students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to Adam and Hector!
Other business discussed was the upcoming NACE, I-CAR class schedules, and our upcoming Christmas Party. Our special guest brought free passes to the NACE , being held in New Orleans this year. These free passes were compliments of ASA. I-CAR class schedules have been updated on our Calendar, which can be found at www.nwlcra.org, and clicking on the "Calendar" button. The Christmas Party is going to be on December 8, at Fielder Paint & Body, 521 N. Market, Shreveport, LA. It will begin at 6:30 pm and will feature the Walker Street Band. Begin making your plans to attend.
Tim Jacobs, Account Manager for Kent Automotive is retiring. Tim has been a great asset for the Industry and we are sad to see him leave. We wish him well in his retirement and hope he will still come around to visit. Bryan Lacaze will be taking over for Tim. We welcome Bryan and wish him well in his new position.
The meeting was adjourned and our special guest in attendance was Denise Caspersen, ASA Collision Division Manager. She spoke to us about a Parts pilot program being tested in several areas across the United States. This pilot program is from a partnership between State Farm Insurance and PartsTrader, a New Zealand company. She discussed how the program has been tested with collision repair facilities participating in State Farm's Select Service program. She spoke on areas of concern that has been raised by collision repair facilities, automobile manufacturers, recyclers, and parts vendors. She pointed out that ASA is a bridge between the Collision Industry and State Farm. ASA is not taking any position, but researching to determine the facts. Questions that have been raised at this meeting have also been echoed across the United States. Some concerns of collision repair facilities have been a potential increase in administrative costs, potential increase of cycle time delays, along with many others. Also, similar concerns for parts suppliers were increased administrative costs, and data privacy. Other concerns Industry-wide are the overall legality of the program and how this will benefit the consumer. Denise had multiple handouts, which are also available online at www.ASAshop.org. Once you are on the ASA website, click on "Tools & Resources" (in the blue menu bar on the home page), then "State Farm Pilot Program".
As we stated, this information is critical to the Collision Industry, and if you weren't able to attend the meeting, we encourage you to go to the ASA website and read all the reports about this pilot program.
NWLCRA thanks ASA and Denise Caspersen for their continued research on matters that influence the Industry and their willingness to come and share this information with us. If you feel this is an important matter, we invite you to join the Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association to stay informed on this and other important aspects of the Collision Industry.