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AGRSS Validation Program Begins
The long-anticipated Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS)
Council Inc. third-party validation program launched on September 1.
“This is a banner day for the auto glass industry,” said AGRSS Council
president Debra Levy as the program got underway. “Quality glass companies
seeking a means to differentiate themselves can now do so through the
AGRSS-registered companies will begin welcoming independent, third-party
validators into their shops over the coming months. The validators will
conduct an extensive review of the shop’s compliance to the AGRSS Standard.
“Our ultimate goal is to provide those who use AGRSS-registered companies
for their auto glass replacement needs with a level of confidence that
their auto glass is being replaced properly. We are excited that so many
companies are part of this initial program,” says Cindy Ketcherside, chair
of the AGRSS credentialing committee.
Throughout the month of September, www.agrss.com
posted daily validation tips for member companies as they prepared for
the validation process. The tips were submitted by companies that have
been preparing for the validation process over the past months. The group
also held a webinar on September 23 to help companies prepare.
International Auto Glass Safety Conference
This year’s International Auto Glass Safety (AGRSS) will be held November
4-5, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part of Auto Glass
Week™ in Las Vegas.
The conference again runs concurrently with the International Autobody
Congress and Exposition (NACE) event, but moves upstairs to the Surf Session
Rooms, located on the second floor of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center,
Safety expert Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who made
the famous miracle landing on the Hudson River early this year, will keynote
The event also will offer several networking opportunities, including
the Welcoming Cocktail Party and AGRSS Charity Auction on Wednesday, November
4. As it has been since the International Auto Glass Safety Conference
co-located its event with NACE, admission to the event also allows attendees
to visit the NACE Trade Show and view both the Auto Glass Technician Olympics
and the Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics—all for free (see
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AGRSS-registered companies or AGRSS members also will have the opportunity
to meet Captain Sullenberger in a private breakfast prior to his keynote
speech on Thursday.
Third Annual AGRSS Charity Auction Approaches
The AGRSS Charity Auction will once again be held this year in conjunction
with the International Auto Glass Safety Conference in Las Vegas during
the conference’s welcoming cocktail party.
Auction chair Jean Pero is still accepting donations for the fundraiser,
which will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 4, 2009. If
you’ve got a special service to offer, a special pastime—or vacation place—you’d
like to share or have rare, unique or one-of-a-kind items others might
clamor for and want to help support the AGRSS Council efforts, contact
Jean Pero via telephone at 303/475-7302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year’s auction included popular items such as a two-week stay at
a secluded cabin in New York; a fishing trip with Carl Tompkins (offered
for the second year in a row); a Nintendo Wii and an iPod Nano. The 2008
event brought in a total of $4,300.
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