The one day seminar was led by Michael Pellett, training center Manager - Grand Prairie, Texas for Sherwin-Williams, a sponsor of HABA. The program content involved developing and improving skills necessary to become more profitable in today's highly competitive collision market. Topics were designed to provide participants with tools necessary to write and negotiate more profitable estimates incorporating; getting paid for what you do, managing paint and materials for profit, real use of the P-pages, effective communication with insurance appraisers and shop profit breakdown and analysis. The day consisted of open exchanges of real every day issues involving getting paid for what shop technicians are required to do to meet manufactures specifications and returning the vehicle back to it's pre-loss condition.
At the end of the day, there were no disappointed attendees. Everyone was eager to learn of upcoming training seminars being provided by the Houston Auto Body Association. Several also took advantage of membership opportunities
and became new members of HABA .
John Kopriva, President of HABA said "Our Board has made a commitment to provide more training and assistance to our members and the day of trading insurance "war stories" and being told "You are the only one", are over". Training events are being planning with the Texas Auto Body Trade Show next up on August 25th - 26th being held at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. Go on-line or call 817-899-0554, ask for Jill Tuggle.
Following the Trade Show, there will be three more education programs for 2017 in September - November and finally a Planning Work Shop in December. More details on the HABA website as they occur. Training schedules will be posted in advance of each training event outlining course content, dates and times.