Thank You

At our annual meeting in April my term as chairman will end. Therefore, this is my last Chairman’s Message. Donny Seyfer will become chairman, and I assure you he is more than capable. There will be one or two new faces on the board, but the rest remain. This is as it should be, always […]

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Opportunity’s Knocking!

Famous racer Bobby Unser said, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Winston Churchill gave further clarification on the topic when he said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Lately I have been taken aback by the incredible number of sophisticated electronic systems in our […]

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The Experience

Hard to imagine that it is already November. In northern tier states such as Minnesota, the leaves are gone. Frosty mornings are the norm, many days are gray, and we await the snow that usually brightens our landscape for months to come. Many prepare for that most significant of state holidays: opening day of deer […]

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Culture of Learning

Recently, I-CAR completed a survey. Over a long period they measured the performance of a number of collision shops while the staff went through many I-CAR classes. They were trying to establish the relevance of education to its return on investment. Of course, they want to be able to prove their training is worthwhile. After […]

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It’s Showtime!

As a former drag racer, I have experienced many times what it’s like to spend a great deal of time preparing for an event. The team and I would spend months preparing for the season, days or weeks preparing for each event, and hours preparing for every run. The average spectator probably had no idea […]

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Marching Forward

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford. What an appropriate quote for us […]

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Great Expectations

May is upon us. It’s a time when our weather is moving well into spring and giving us the first tastes of our upcoming summer. We anticipate summer vacations and activities. It is speed month in Indianapolis, culminating in the Indy 500. We look to the Memorial Day holiday weekend for its patriotic message and […]

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