By Levy Joffrion
Universal Underwriters Hosts Conference
Universal Underwriters Group will host the fourth annual Aftermarket Industry Conference during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. The conference will be held Nov. 2 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The conference brings leaders from all segments of the automotive aftermarket together, providing them an outlet to learn from each other, and identify and address industry issues.
This year, nationally recognized speaker Kelly McDonald will kick off the event with "Diversity in America: the Growing Impact on Work, Organization and Consumers." Additional topics include diversity in the shop, and attracting and retaining qualified employees.
CCC Signs Marketing Agreement
CCC Information Services Inc. has signed an exclusive marketing agreement allowing CCC to offer the customer satisfaction indexing services of CSi Complete. CCC will be responsible for the marketing and sales of all new CSi Complete accounts in the automotive claims industry, allowing CSi Complete to use CCC's extensive sales and support organization in the delivery of its services.
State Farm Donates $50,000
State Farm Insurance Co. recently contributed $50,000 to the I-CAR Education Foundation.
The contribution will support five major areas of concentration, including image and recruitment through the collisionkids.org and collisioncareers.org Web sites, curriculum distribution, career and technical school and college support, training, placement, mentorship, and administrative services.
I-CAR Opens in Australia
I-CAR officially opened for business in Australia with the formation of a separate business unit by the signing of a licensing agreement in September. The signing ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane, Australia, on Sept. 20.
Richard Pratt is the general manager of I-CAR in Australia. Pratt worked tirelessly for the past year to get I-CAR established in that country.
"I-CAR has a well-established reputation in the collision industry, so it makes sense for us to license their training model and materials rather than attempt some form of duplication," said Pratt.
EPA OEM Web Site Audit Released
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its survey of the automotive service community on technicians' experiences with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Web sites. The EPA completed its findings in August 2006.
In June 2003, the EPA finalized a regulation that requires automobile manufacturers to provide all necessary emissions service-related information on Web sites. Information is available on automobiles that are 1996 model year and later.
GAAS Accepting Applications
The deadline to apply for a Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) scholarship - awarded to students planning an aftermarket career - is March 31, 2007. The application process is now entirely electronic through the GAAS scholarships Web site, www.automotivescholarships.com.
To be eligible for a GAAS scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full-time in a college-level program or a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) accredited automotive technical program.
The 2007 event will be held May 8-9 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago. For more information, visit www.globalsymposium.org.
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