Cleveland Collision Week: It’s Over!

The collision repair industry visited Cleveland, “The Rock’n’roll Capital of the World,” last week for education, networking and a ton of special events. Everything turned out spectacularly, the weather cooperated and people were thrilled to be able to celebrate and network face to face once again. As Tom Wolf, PPG’s director of strategic accounts, said during the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) golf outing on Tuesday, “I can trade in my mask for a golf club,” so that was a have a good day.

Reception Exit Golf CREF

The week started with a cocktail the day before CREF’s golf outing at the Matrix Trade Institute in Beachwood, Ohio, a new cutting edge trades school that ditched textbooks and theory to teach crash repair students skills practices so they can be productive employees and ready for the first day.

Dustin Peugeot, co-founder of the Matrix Trade Institute, welcomes guests to the CREF golf outing cocktail party.

A special guest at the reception was Bernie Kosar, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback who led the team to great success in the mid to late ’80s. Kosar spoke about the importance of giving to young people. a positive orientation with life changing careers.

Golf CREF exit

The weather seemed risky for a while during CREF’s golf outing on Tuesday at the beautiful StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, but eventually the sun took a peek and participants were able to play a full round and compete for prices for long haul, straightest haul, closest to spit and more.

CREF staff members celebrate the retirement of Managing Director Clark Plucinski.

A helicopter ball drop sparked excitement around 11 a.m., when the helicopter dumped a group of golf balls onto a putting green that various participants had purchased for $ 15 apiece to support students, instructors and students. collision schools in the hope that their ball will land closest. to the target. The lucky winner was Marty Evans, COO of Certified Collision Group, who won a $ 1,000 gift card and a Golden Tee arcade game.

NABC Recycled Ride Giveaway

The highlight on Wednesday was the National Auto Body Council and BodyShop Business which donated a recycled vehicle to local Marine Corps veteran Victor Schwartz.

Jason Stahl, Editor-in-Chief of BodyShop Business, with Victor Schwartz, Recipient of Recycled Ride.

The presentation took place on the Quicken Loans Stage directly across from the Public Square, with the Terminal Tower and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in full view. When the emcee Jason Stahl asked Schwartz the first place he would drive his 2017 Honda Civic donated by GEICO and refurbished by Gerber Collision & Glass, he replied, “Home !! ”

Later that evening, Collision Industry Conference (CIC) attendees were treated to a tour of DCR Systems in Mentor, Ohio, one of the most cutting edge and modern collision repair facilities in the country. . Guests were able to see new Symach equipment recently installed by the facility, as well as a teardown inventory chart that helps create an organized, comprehensive, and mapped set of steps for any material needed in the vehicle reassembly process. .

Collision Industry Professionals Visit DCR Systems in Mentor, Ohio.

Other events for the day included the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Affiliate Conference and the CSIS Board of Directors Open Meeting, where CSIS provided an update on the various initiatives that it has taken. ‘they are undertaking to inspire positive progress in the crash repair industry.

Collision Industry Conference

The CIC, a forum comprised of participants from all segments of the collision industry to discuss and explore the hot issues of the day, was the main event on Thursday. Through CIC committee updates and special presentations, attendees learned everything from 3D printing of auto parts and electric vehicles to ADAS and advanced steels used in vehicles.

A round table on “3D printing in automotive parts” at CIC.

They also got to see the handwork of students at Max S. Hayes High School after they restored a 1986 Monte Carlo for Cleveland kidnap victim Amanda Berry. Berry was kidnapped in 2003 on her way home from work and was held captive for 10 years before escaping. Her grandfather, or “Pappy” as she called him, told her when she was young that one day he would give her her Monte Carlo. After Berry disappeared, Pappy believed she was alive and was also clinging to the car. Once Berry was free, she visited Pappy, but tragically he suffered from dementia and didn’t know who she was. However, he still had the Monte Carlo. Now Berry has it restored to its former glory by collision students who wanted to lend a hand.

Amanda Berry, after seeing her Monte Carlo for the first time since its restoration.


Cleveland will host another collision event from September 15-16, the HD Repair Forum, an event dedicated to those involved in large heavy vehicle collision repair work found primarily in Class 4, 5, 6 , 7 and 8. Registration will open soon, so visit for updates.

To see live videos and photos from Collision Week, check out BodyShop Business on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn).

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