Volume 9, Issue 4 - August/September 2007

Repair Round Up
NWRA reports

Let’s Get Together in Vegas
by Paul Syfko

The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) has something great going on in Vegas this Halloween. In conjunction with the industry’s latest evolutionary step, Auto Glass Week™ several conferences and trade shows can now be found running at the same time and in the same place the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. 

The NWRA annual conference will be held in Vegas November 1-2. Not only will our members come to do the business of their own association, but they will be able to mingle, network and relax with the rest of auto glass industry and the collision repair industry. 

NWRA Conference attendees will participate in seminars and workshops, which will include sessions on new services and member benefits including a new repair marketing program. Other seminar topics relate to the joint NWRA/NGA Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS), recently approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and AGRSS Standards Update; technical tips; how to hire and keep good CSRs; and an intense marketing and branding program. For complete conference and registration info, visit www.nwrassn.org

With so much going on during the conference the NWRA is also including several extras with your conference registration fee. NWRA conference attendees will have access to the NACE Trade Show, the Auto Glass Expo @ NACE sponsored by AGRR magazine, the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, and the NWRA-sponsored Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics all at no charge.

The Windshield Repair Olympics is a great showcase for what we do and shows the entire world that we’re a legitimate service for those in need. Last year was an excellent start for what we hope will become a very large event. The majority of the contestants in last year’s competition were members in good standing of the NWRA and all made their companies and the association proud of the work they exhibited.

We expect that this year will be more of the same. So, if you don't mind, I’m offering a small challenge to windshield repair techs: Do you really think you know how to repair laminated glass? Prove it. All it will cost you is a few days in Las Vegas with a good chance to win $1,000. 

To register for the NWRA conference visit www.nwrassn.org

To register to compete in the Windshield Repair Olympics, visit www.repairolympics.com

Paul Syfko is president of Glass Medic America in Westergate, Ohio, and serves as president of the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA). Mr. Syfko’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.

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