The newly formed North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) joined the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) as its newest affiliate association.
With a focus on supporting excellence in the North Carolina collision repair trade, representatives within the NCACAR highlighted the desire to affiliate with SCRS as a mechanism to tap into resources that can help serve their new and growing membership base.
"My main reason for wanting to join the SCRS, both individually as a shop owner and as the acting president of NCACAR, is to support the innovative initiatives SCRS provides the industry and the support they offer their other affiliates within their network," shared Brian Davies. "We've been really impressed with the training and informational resources, and recognize that the volunteer board of directors that guides SCRS is made up of some of the most impressive shop owners, leaders and just plain great people in the industry."
"The opportunity to be an affiliate with an experienced organization like SCRS is huge for our newly formed association," shared NCACAR Vice President and Interim Secretary Meredith Bradshaw. "The resources that are offered, and the work to educate, promote and support our industry is invaluable. Our objectives for the association are to unite the industry in our state and to give our businesses a strong voice at the statehouse, while providing the local support to member businesses and education to the local market."
Much of the NCACAR's focus is in supporting a paradigm shift in the North Carolina collision repair industry, creating positive changes necessary to allow the independent businesses to focus on the consumer and become more sustainable.
"Strengthening our position through training, member benefits, collaborative marketing and combined resources are essential to the long term success and safety of our customers and their families," added Davies. "The longevity of our repair profession is dependent on our owners, technicians and insurers understanding the complexity that surrounds our role in restoring vehicle safety, functionality and appearance. We all have a huge stake in the ongoing improvement in the professionalism of the collision repair industry.
NCACAR's affiliation couldn't have come at a more appropriate time than during the 2016 SEMA Show, where SCRS hosted their ongoing Repairer Driven Education series and OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit.
"It's really exciting to watch passionate, dedicated individuals come together in a marketplace with a mutual interest in raising awareness and professionalism," remarked SCRS Chairman Andy Dingman. "A close attention to technology and business practices is critical, and having industry advocates at a local level is a common thread amongst the healthiest collision repair markets. It is evident that the folks in North Carolina have something very special forming, and it's this type of grassroots groundswell that the industry benefits from most."
Eddie Kizenberger, Executive Director of the New York State Auto Collision Technicians Association (NYSACT), longstanding participant within SCRS and consultant with the NCACAR added, "I am extremely impressed with the association's leadership and direction. The officers are hardworking, dedicated volunteers who are donating their time and resources for the betterment of all collision shop owners in the state of North Carolina. I'm confident that NCACAR's involvement with SCRS will ensure that we have the most current information and trends to share with the membership. The association's efforts will include education, regulatory and legislative issues important to all North Carolina collision repair shops. I expect this group will become an outstanding contributor within the network of SCRS' affiliate associations and we look forward to what the future holds."