SCRS' Repairer Driven Education Receives Ongoing  Support from 
PPG Refinish

Prosser, Washington, October 18 , 2016  2016 will mark the seventh year of consecutive support that PPG Automotive Refinish has provided for collision industry education programs. Their involvement and participation includes both financial and strategic contributions to the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series delivered by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as course development and delivery. 
PPG's support of the RDE series will provide opportunities to thousands of collision repair professionals throughout the first week of November; but the level and depth of involvement is really highlighted on Thursday, November 3rd. On November 3rd, in addition to the ongoing support of all regular RDE sessions held throughout the week, PPG will deliver a session from the SEMA Show Collision Repair & Refinish Stage (North Hall, Booth #10879) entitled Color Matching and Styling: More Than Painting by Numbers. The free session will be led by John Parran, Director of Marketing for U.S. & Canada for PPG Automotive Refinish and will include other leading members of PPG's marketing, collision, and pigments teams. Register online at

"The session really exemplifies the cross section of audience found at the SEMA Show," added SCRS Chairman Andy Dingman. "There is a great deal of common interest amongst those operating in all facets of the automotive refinish world, and we are thrilled to have a unique program that can deliver great content for all in attendance."
For the collision center, the session will address where and how the OE manufacturer comes up with their color palette, and how to match it. There is ever-increasing complexity involved in formulating and matching the new colors, and this session will address tricks of the trade.
For the builder and custom painter, the session will help to refine how you pick the color of the car, and how and why the OE manufacturers pick their colors - including current styling trends.
"Education is at the core of what we do at PPG, and we are really proud to have such a history of involvement in the collision repair community and specifically with SCRS," shared Domenic Brusco, Sr. Manager, Industry Relations. "Educational opportunities are the backbone to strengthening our industry and enhancing the most visual element of collision repair. As one of the longest-running sponsors of this program, it's been exceptionally rewarding to watch what SCRS has done to deliver back to the industry. We couldn't be more proud to be a part of it."
Also featured on Thursday will be SCRS' OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Summit) in Room N241 in the Upper Level of the North Hall. This program, made possible in part by support from PPG Automotive Refinish, is one of the most unique networking and learning opportunities available to the collision repair industry. The day-long forum is designed to put SEMA show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology. The Summit's focus is on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology, and how both of those aspects influence vehicle repairability and collision industry preparation. The 2016 Summit will feature three sessions:

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Register online for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit at
At the end of the day, PPG will also co-host the much anticipated Sky Villa After Party event with SCRS and others. This evening function delivers an unparalleled nighttime reception from a suite rich in Las Vegas history, offering some of the most amazing sights of the city from one of the most luxurious suites on the strip, while drawing in shop owners and industry representatives from around the world. Tickets to attend can be secured at
"Education and networking are what really drive attendance at in-person events," added Brusco. "SCRS has really developed something special for the collision repair community at the SEMA Show, and the events and information that they have put together for the RDE program is a great example of how in tune they are with their membership."

For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member, please visit, call toll free 1-877-841-0660 or email us at

About SEMA and the SEMA Show:
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details available at or, or by phone at  (909) 396-0289.
About SCRS' RDE Series:
REPAIRER DRIVEN EDUCATION (RDE) series will feature 4 days of seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2016 SEMA Show, including the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit. Each session has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content focus on information that is relevant to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. Better your business, and register at .

About SCRS: 
Through its direct members and 40 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: . You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: .

SCRS Admin Office


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Aaron Schulenburg

Executive Director | Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)



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