Ideas included volunteering on school advisory boards, encouraging students, schools and instructors to take advantage of CREF scholarships and tool grants and sponsoring Cintas uniforms for students. He also urged shops to donate parts to schools through CREF, participate in career fairs, engage with and present to schools, host field trips and introduce local vendors/suppliers to CREF.
“Collision industry businesses engaging with their local schools, students and instructors is crucial to help ensure these classrooms are full but also are graduating properly trained entry-level staff for industry employment,” said Eckenrode.
Greg Peeters, CEO of Car ADAS Solutions, and Frank Terlep, vice-president of collision and ADAS services at Opus IVS, then shared information about setting up and operating calibration centers.
Peeters talked about overcoming the hurdles of building a thriving ADAS calibration business. “With new vehicles now required to have a calibration post-collision repair, is it critical for collision repair facilities across the country to decide how they will meet this increasing demand,” said Peeters.
During his presentation, Peeters addressed the current and future need to conduct ADAS calibrations and shared the requirements to set up an OEM-centric calibration center. He also discussed the potential liability if a safe and proper repair isn’t performed and the importance of proper documentation.
Terlep discussed what Opus IVS is doing to enable ADAS service, calibration and validation businesses to open, operate and succeed.
“Today, no company is able to provide an existing or future ADAS service, calibration and validation business a complete diagnostic tool, software and mobile app solution to properly identify, diagnose, calibrate, validate, document, manage and invoice for ADAS services, calibrations and validations,” said Terlep. During his presentation, Terlep talked about what Opus IVS is doing to solve this problem and help shop owners understand what will be required in the future.
During that evening’s dinner, 1Collision presented four awards to network body shop owners/managers.
Raffi Avetyan and Ellie Adri from All Magic Paint & Body in California were named Promoters of the Year for their help with recruiting new locations. Jerald Stiele and Jake Moser from Hopkins Auto Body 1 and Collision Center 1 Golden Valley and Prior Lake in Minnesota received the Growth Award.
The Community Involvement award was given to Denisse Barragan, J & R Auto Body & Paint in California, and Steve Fishe from Plan B Auto Body received an award for Most Improved Shop.
Keynote speaker Caleb Spitler, founder of Restio, then shared insight on avoiding burnout and the science of having more energy.
“Everyone wants to increase productivity, have lots of energy, feel good and take their organization to new heights, but last year the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs was due to burnout,” Spitler noted. “If we expect a high level of output from ourselves and our teams, we must become experts at restoring our physical and emotional well-being.”
Spitler also shared how organizations can reduce stress, increase engagement and help create thriving cultures that attract and retain top performers.
The following day, 1Collision strategic partners presented on topical industry issues. Enterprise representatives Tristina Egloff, business solutions manager in the Enterprise Replacement & Leisure Division, and Andi Dachel, director of sales and business development at Entegral, were also available to answer questions about Entegral services.
Dan Risley, vice president of quality repair and market development for CCC Intelligent Solutions, talked about the future of CCC and technology. This included scanning and calibrations.
“As Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) continue to evolve and become more commonplace, industry trends are materializing surrounding scanning and calibrations,” said Risley.
Risley talked about the root causes of these emerging behaviors, how they can affect business, and solutions to help shops owners and manager better manage their collision repair facilities.