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Designed from the inside out and taking advantage of an all-electric platform, Bentley EXP 100 GT reimagines the Grand Tourer for the world of 2035. This is a world of shared luxury experiences where passenger and driver enjoy equal status in their enjoyment of their extraordinary journeys. The cars’ presence and impressive exterior proportions are reminiscent of many of Bentley’s historic Grand Tourers but take these luxury hallmarks into the future. The result is a future vision commensurate with Bentley’s status

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“The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the kind of cars we want to make in the future. Like those iconic Bentleys of the past, this car connects with its passengers’ emotions and helps them experience and safeguard the memories of the really extraordinary journeys they take.”

Stefan Sielaff Director of Design Future battery technology will offer five times the conventional energy density, and charging the Bentley EXP 100 GT to 80 per cent of capacity will take only 15 minutes.

100% organic leather-like textile from wine making; British Farmed Wool carpets and embroidered cotton interior surfaces which all create sustainable future luxury, adding to the enhanced reality of the grand touring car of the future. Luxury Beyond Mobility The Bentley EXP 100 GT’s sleek and muscular exterior explores the brand’s future design direction. It incorporates the company’s unmistakable DNA, remaining instantly recognisable as a Bentley. The famous R-Type Continental haunch at the rear, the round headlights that overlap the grille in a nod to the famous Bentley Blower and a long graceful body hint at famous models of yesteryear. However, this Bentley journeys into

the future. Made from lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre, the Bentley EXP 100 GT measures 5.8 metres long and almost 2.4 metres wide, and makes a statement of true luxury. This is further enhanced by decorative features crafted from copper and aluminium, both natural sustainable materials, which evoke founder W.O Bentley’s choice of materials to create the alloy for his famous BR1 Aero engine piston that played a major role in securing the air theatre in World War 1. The driver and passenger doors are two metres wide and pivot outwards and upwards for effortless access. Fully open, they rise to almost three metres, adding to the sense of occasion on arrival. The new exterior paint color Compass is created using a special Colourstream pigment that reflects a beautiful spectrum of autumnal colors

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and is both sustainable and environmentally friendly. The pigment is synthetically made using rice husk ash, a harmful bi-product of the rice industry, remanufactured for the Bentley EXP 100 GT to reduce the amount that ends up in landfill waste. The Bentley EXP 100 GT’s expressive exterior lighting is both dynamic and dramatic. A focal point is the smart, illuminated matrix grille and Flying B mascot which come to life as one approaches the car, light playing across the grille, through the mascot and along the bonnet central spine of the car and into the cabin itself. The car literally comes alive. At the rear, a ‘horseshoe’ section of the boot is a 3D OLED screen on which lighting effects can blend in with the rear lamps. Inside a luxurious cockpit, Bentley

craftspeople have taken handcraftsmanship of materials to an as yet unseen level, setting the new benchmark for luxury interiors. Light is core to life and in the Bentley EXP 100 GT it is harvested from the surrounding environment via an innovative glass roof embedded with prisms that collect light and transfer it into the cabin using fibre optics. The use of harvested natural light and synthesised light offers a new approach to enhancing wellness on board. The Bentley Personal Assistant is a centre piece of the main console and visualised using illuminated crystal from Cumbria, England. Ambient lighting can also be modified to recreate a specific mood or exterior environment, while additional effects are delivered through projection mapping onto trim panels, such as door pads. Intelligent, Adaptable Biometric Seating can be configured in three different ways, depending on whether the owner is driving or using autonomous mode. Biometric sensors monitor temperature, passenger position and environmental conditions to deliver the ultimate in comfort, whatever the conditions. In addition, biometrics are embedded throughout the Bentley EXP 100 GT to track eye and head movements, even blood pressure. It represents the future of customised, in-car comfort far beyond any seating experienced in a modern-day car.

An intelligent future for Grand Touring Enhancing the occupants experience of their extraordinary journey in the Bentley EXP 100 GT is the Bentley Personal Assistant AI. This advanced, intelligent system defines the Grand Tourer of the future as it delivers a highly personalised experience to the passenger based on five distinct modes with individual characteristics: Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live and Customise. Interaction with the AI is made through hand gestures made to the front or rear Cumbria Crystal interfaces that intuitively interpret the commands. Enhance harvests inputs from the outside environment, such as light, sound, smell and air quality, offering a holistic grand tour, and a feeling of open top motoring from under the glass canopy. Cocoon creates a protective space, including air purification and glass areas that turn opaque for privacy; while Capture records experiences from both inside and outside the car which become part of your car’s unique history. Re-Live replays highlights of your Grand Tour, while Customise combines elements of all the different modes and are individually selected by the driver or passenger. Sustainable Innovation – The Future of Bentley Bentley believes its approach to

innovation is created through a balance: Preservation of the world and the self should be at the forefront, while purposeful and intuitive innovation remains essentially linked to sustainability. The Bentley EXP 100 GT features air and sound curation that promotes self-care and well-being in the car. These create a physiological, health-enhancing environment for passengers, promoting increased mindfulness in the cabin. For example, Capture mode on Bentley Personal Assistant brings the external environment into the cabin, creating an open-top driving experience without taking the roof down. It also cocoons passengers – blocking and filtering air pollution in cities. The Bentley EXP 100 GT has passive and active air intakes in the front grille, cooling the drivetrain and batteries that drive the car’s powerful electric motors. Unwanted air is channelled out of the car at the rear to aid aerodynamics. The Air Purification System is located in the boot space to purify air before it is supplied into the cabin, with deployable air vents on the rear passenger shelf and static vents on the front passenger panel. The air vents undulate giving the appearance that the car is breathing and alive. Meanwhile, CO2 levels in the cabin are constantly monitored to maintain air quality. Bentley EXPs Please Turn to Page 26

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Nissan employees will work alongside an additional 12 families in cities close to Nissan’s major manufacturing and operational locations. To date, Nissan employees have logged more than 116,000 volunteer hours building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Nissan also donates vehicles to Habitat each year. In 2019, Nissan is providing four additional vehicles to local Habitats, marking a total of 54 Nissan Frontier trucks and NV Cargo vans donated to Habitat to help with construction activities. Committed to investing in technologies that are friendly to the environment, the homes Nissan fully sponsors will include eco-friendly features, while still keeping housing costs low. These include low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads; programmable thermostats; compact fluorescent lighting; recycled carpeting; drought-resistant

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CAPA Reafffirms Its Ongoing Commitment to the Collision Repair Industry The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent, nonprofit, standard setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, is reassuring the collision repair industry it will continue its mission to ensure that high-quality, certified aftermarket parts remain an option for insurers, repairers, and consumers. “CAPA’s commitment to the aftermarket industry spans more than 30 years,” said Clark Plucinski, Chairman, CAPA Board of Directors. “We understand that the recent developments in the aftermarket parts certification industry have caused concern amongst stakeholders, but CAPA is fully committed to servicing the industry with the same diligence and passion we have since our founding.” “Over the past several years CAPA has maintained double digit growth year over year, in certified part applications available to the industry. CAPA intends to accelerate this trend over the com-

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Gerber Parent Company COO: Drps Likely to Sync With OEM Networks By John Huetter Direct repair programs will probably more closely align to automaker collision repair networks — though they aren’t right now — the incoming CEO of Gerber Collision’s parent company predicted earlier this month. Asked on an Aug. 14 earnings call if the company’s experience with revenue shifting from lower-margin parts replacement dollars from higher-margin repair dollars was a function of OEM certifications, Boyd Group Chief Operating Officer

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“partially offset by improved DRP pricing, as well as improved parts margins.” The same analyst also asked on the Aug. 14 earnings call if OEM certifications would lead to more direct repair programs for the Boyd Group, which also owns Boyd Autobody and Assured Automotive. O’Day said he felt that over time, insurer DRPs would seek to “connect up” and refer customers to shops found in both their DRP network and the OEM’s Gerber Please Turn to Page 32

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Honda Announces New Passenger Front Airbag Design to Reduce Traffic Injuries & Fatalities in Wider Variety of Collisions Honda announced the development of an innovative new passenger front airbag technology designed to better protect occupants in a wide range of frontal collision scenarios, including angled crashes between vehicles or a vehicle and another object. Honda plans to begin applying its advanced airbag design to new products in the United States in 2020. Development and testing of the new airbag was led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio in partnership with Autoliv, one of the company's safety systems suppliers. The new design is based on Honda's commitment to developing technologies that better protect vehicle occupants in a wide range of crash scenarios. In 2017, upwards of 37,000 people lost their lives on U.S. roadways as a result of motor vehicle traffic crashes, a slight decrease from the previous two years, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "This new airbag technology rep-

resents Honda's continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities," said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "Guided by Honda's ‘Safety for Everyone' commitment, our engineers recognize that their work on this type of breakthrough safety technology will have far-reaching effects on peoples' lives for many years to come." New Airbag Design Honda's next-generation airbag is designed to reduce the potential for injuries that can occur in a wider variety of frontal impacts. It is particularly beneficial in angled frontal impacts in which lateral collision forces can cause an occupant's head to rotate severely or slide off the airbag, increasing the chance of serious injury. Unlike conventional airbag systems that rely on a single inflatable compartment, the new system utilizes

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S.C. Auto Body Repair Trade Group SCACAR Affiliates With SCRS The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announces the South Carolina Association of Collision & Autobody Repair as the newest state association to join as an Affiliate Association. The South Carolina Association of Collision & Auto Body (SCACAR) was established to continually improve the professionalism and business practices of those engaged in the collision repair industry. SCACAR’s main focus is making sure our industry is repairing vehicles back to OEM specifications. "The technology, equipment, and procedures continue to change at record pace in our industry, making it hard for collision shops and insurance companies to stay up to date," shared SCACAR President Sarah MyersDaniels. "We are striving to use the association as a way to help our members keep up with all these changes in our industry. We’ve already found the relationship with SCRS provides access to more information

and resources, and we believe the Affiliation helps strengthen that connection in a meaningful way that can be shared with our members." In May, representatives of SCRS joined SCACAR and their sister association, the North Carolina Association of Collision & Autobody Repair, at the kickoff dinner for the Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference in Charlotte, NC. The dinner served as a way for tenured association leaders to share lessons learned in association development and the development and utilization of a strong volunteer base. "It's great to see members from all over the country who fight the same issues, and how they overcome them," added Josh Kent, Executive Director of both SCACAR and NCACAR. "From the content we receive from the association on a weekly basis, to the interactions both here locally and at the national meetings that we’ve attended, being able to

pass on this type of information is extremely valuable, as is the sense of connection we get from the Affiliation." "It’s such an honor for us to be able to work with organizations like SCACAR and to be able to collaborate with them as an Affiliate in bringing change to their local market," added SCRS Chairman, Brett Bailey. "New groups like this one bring such enthusiasm, and energy, and it’s exactly what the industry needs more of. The Affiliate program was really designed to help newer associations gain from interactions and lessons-learned with some of our more tenured state associations, while building a more unified industry that connects others within the industry working on many of the same issues and toward the same goals. We couldn’t be more pleased to have our colleagues in the Carolinas as a part of SCRS, and anticipate great things coming from the group.”n

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Ed Weidmann Named CIECA's Interim Executive Director CIECA announce the appointment of Ed Weidmann as CIECA’s interim executive director, effective August 1, 2019. Weidmann has worked in the insurance and collision repair industry for more than 42 years. He held multiple management positions during his 39-year career with State Farm insurance company and participated on many industry boards and advisory councils. After retiring from State Farm, Weidmann opened WEIDMANN CONSULTING and has been providing services to both domestic and international companies. “When CIECA’s Nominating Committee identified a need for an interim executive director, Ed Weidmann’s name surfaced as a logical candidate due to his vast knowledge of the collision repair industry and his recent collaboration with CIECA while working at

State Farm,” said Steve Betley, CIECA’s chairman of the board. “His experience in project creation, contract negotiation and vehicle repair workflows will fit nicely into CIECA’s innovative plans for the future.” Weidmann is not new to CIECA. He joined the organization more than 10 years ago as a trustee, representing State Farm. Since then, he has held the positions of treasurer, vice-chair, and chairman of the board in 2008 and 2014, and has served on CIECA’s Board of Trustees. “I always tell people that CIECA standards streamline the transmission of data among companies, eliminating duplicate programming and minimizing the need for translators when a company works with multiple companies providing similar services,” said Weidmann. “This increases competition and allows

companies to use the best product for their needs with minimal programming.” As the interim executive director, Weidmann said his goal is to help CIECA expand its product offerings, increase the industry’s understanding of its purpose and streamline CIECA’s internal workflows to more efficiently serve its members. In addition to Weidmann’s many industry contributions, he is involved in his community. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors for Twin Cities School of Dance in Bloomington, Illinois. The search for a permanent executive director continues and is spearheaded by CIECA’s Nominating Committee, which is led by Roy Schnepper, owner of Butler’s Collision and a member of CIECA’s Board of Trustees.n

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Auto Repair Industry Faces Shake Up as Unprecedented Number of Shop Owners Plan on Retiring in Next Decade More than half of independent auto repair shop owners expect to retire in the next nine years, and the majority plan to sell their businesses, potentially leading to a wave of consolidation in the industry and leaving drivers in search of a reliable neighborhood shop. That's according to a new survey of shop owners conducted by BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY, a leading supplier of technology solutions to auto repair shops, and PTEN a major industry trade publication. The survey, which was administered by Paramount Research in June 2019, asked 36,000 repair shops nationwide about business concerns, technician training, use of and investment in technology and other related topics. The survey found that 30% of shop owners plan to retire within five years, and 22% plan retirement in six to nine years. Of those retiring, 52% said they plan to sell the business. One in four (26%) plan to pass the business on to a family member, and one in six (17%) indicated they planned to close the business entirely. If shop owners' retirement plans bear out, there could be a profound impact on how the industry services and repairs cars at a time when car owners are holding onto their vehicles for longer Shake Up Turn to Page 24

Among the survey's other findings: • Nearly half of the auto shop owners (49%) were 60 years of age or older. Another one in three (34%) were between 50 and 59 years old. • Three out of four respondents (75%) have been in the auto repair business for 30 years or more. • Another one in six (15%) indicated they ha between 20 and 29 years of experience. • Forty percent of respondents have owned their repair shop for 30 years or more. Another 26% have owned their shop between 20 and 29 years. • Nearly half of the respondents (46%) said they are using incentives to recruit or retain technicians. These included cash bonuses, weekends off, commissions and profit sharing. • Most shops require formal training of their technicians, with 55% requiring recurrent training every 1-3 years. Ongoing certification is required every 1-3 years among 47% of shop owners. • More than seven in 10 respondents plan to invest in diagnostic tools and equipment (78%) and/or training (71%) in the next 12 months. • Approximately half of the respondents (49%) predict that 2019 sales will increase relative to 2018. Four in 10 (39%) said they expect sales to remain unchanged from 2018. Only 11% expected a decrease in sales.

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Wide Body and Double Kidney Grille Define the New BMW X2 M35i Sportiness coupled with a polarising appearance – based on this formula, the new BMW X2 has inspired above all a young and modern target group .With its extroverted design, the BMW X2 interprets the character of a premium SAC (Sports Activity Coupes) in an entirely new way within the compact segment. The new top model of the X2 series. The wide BMW double kidney grille of new BMW X2 M35i features a surround in Cerium Grey for visual differentiation at first glance. Likewise, the surrounds of the air cooling inlets and the exterior mirror caps are finished in Cerium Grey. The rear of the X2 M35i is characterised by the standard M rear spoiler and two specially designed exhaust tailpipes, which also come in Cerium Grey. BMW’s most powerful 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine. The new BMW X2 M35i featuring a 225 kW (306 hp) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine definitely sets new benchmarks above the previous versions. As the letter M in the type designation clearly signalises, the new X2 M35i possesses the impressive dynamic handling qualities of an M Performance automobile. Behind this is yet again the BMW M GmbH, whose racing know-how flows into the development of all components. The 2-litre TwinPower Turbo engine concealed under an M Performance cover is the very first M Performance four-cylinder engine and at the same time BMW’s most powerful version. It delivers a fascinating maximum power output of 225 kW (306 hp). Maximum torque is an extremely powerful 450 Newton metres. To ensure that this sheer power is securely transferred to the tarmac, the X2 M35i comes as standard with intelligent four-wheel drive technology xDrive in conjunction with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission including Launch Control. The automatic transmission features specific M Performance tuning. Equipped in this way, the BMW X2 M35i is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds*. The necessary thermal stability of the engine is now ensured by a redesigned cooling system. Outstanding driving dynamics thanks to M-specific tuning. Being a typical M Performance automobile, the BMW X2 M35i features, in

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Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-Car Announce Updated Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry Executive Summary Available The Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR have collaborated to provide an updated executive summary of the Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry survey, which is now available for download. The survey provides data on both the business

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Ford's Midsize Pickup Ranger Return in 2019 Ford Ranger return – a midsize pickup engineered Built Ford Tough, ready for adventure and packed with driver-assist technologies to enable easier driving both on and off-road. Anchored by a high-strength steel frame and powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® paired to an efficient 10-speed automatic, the all-new Ranger is available in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration. It can be optioned with 4x2 or 4x4, and comes in three trim levels – XL, XLT and Lariat. Chrome and Sport Appearance Packages are available. Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline, while a raked grille and windshield lend an athletic appearance and aid in aerodynamics and reduced wind noise. Short overhangs mean better approach and departure angles offroad. Available FX4 Off-Road Package features off-road-tuned suspension, all-terrain tires, framemounted heavygauge steel front bash plate and skid plates, rear locking differential, innovative Terrain Management System™ with four distinct drive modes and Trail Control™. Ranger makes for a great piece of off-road gear, but it also gets work done on the pavement. Its rugged steel bumper with available integrated trailer hitch receiver means towing campers, ATVs or watercraft is a breeze. Technology comes built-in, starting with an 8-inch touch screen for available SYNC® 3, while a single or dual LCD productivity screen is available for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information. Ranger has standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. A LaneKeeping System that includes lanekeeping assist, lane-departure warning, reverse sensing and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage is standard on XLT and Lariat. Adaptive Cruise Control is standard on Lariat. The new Ranger FX2 Package as another choice for customers who want off-road styling and capability in a two-wheel-drive offering. “FX2 expands Ranger’s options for customers who want tough, offroad style with the functionality of

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The Ranger FX2 has nearly everything that Ford includes on the FX4 model, right down to its raised ride height, off-road suspension bits, 17- or 18-inch offroad tires, front skidplate, and pared-back front bumper. The point, of course, is value. With the Ranger FX2, Ford hopes to appeal to truck buyers who are looking for the FX4's style at a more affordable price point. At $595, the FX2 package is indeed far cheaper than the FX4 gear, which runs $1295. (The FX4 also requires four-wheel drive, which runs $4160 on the base Ranger XL and $4000 on every other trim.) Ranger. A front underbody guard and air dam-delete provide even more distinction, while shielding the underbody and improving approach angles. Adding to Ranger’s two-wheeldrive capability, the FX2 Package includes an electronic-locking rear differential and off-road-tuned suspension for increased traction and performance off-road. Ford’s off-road cluster

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screen adds to the FX2 experience inside, where drivers can see pitch, roll and yaw in real time. Demand for Ranger personalization options continues to increase, with two in every three buyers opting for a Sport Appearance Package, Chrome Appearance Package or STX Appearance Package, while one in every three selects the FX4 Off-Road Package. Over half of Ranger buyers are choosing the Trailer Tow Package. “We’re seeing sales trends that tell us to grow Ranger’s capability and appearance options even further,” said Chad Callander, Ford Ranger consumer marketing manager. “The FX2 Package is a result of us listening to our customers and what they’re demanding from their trucks.”

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OEM Repair Procedure Legislation Vetoed New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed OEM Repair Procedure legislation. ASA, which supports legislation requiring the use of OEM repair procedures, had asked the state’s repairers to contact Sununu in support of New Hampshire’s House Bill 664. HB 664 had called for insurers to reimburse repairers for “all repairs” if a repairer followed OEM-recommended “collision repair procedures, recommendations, or service bulletins, while repairing a vehicle.” In a letter to the committee in support of the bill, ASA Washington, D.C. representative, Bob Redding said OEM repair procedures are “the logical

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National and State Associations Endorse OEM Procedures as Standard of Repair Tool will improve vehicle appraisals, leading to better customer service and faster collision repair The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced at their July 2019 board of directors meeting a collaborative effort with the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, the Automotive Service Association and a consortium of state and regional associations representing the collision repair industry to establish industrywide recognition of the documented OEM repair procedure as the standard of repair. The statement and the full list of signing organizations can be found on the SCRS website at It is the position of all undersigned organizations that if a vehicle manufacturer documents a repair procedure as

required, recommended or otherwise necessary as a result of damage or repair, that those published procedures would be the standard of repair. Disregarding a documented procedure that is made available to the industry creates undue and avoidable exposure to the consumer’s safety and liability to the repair facility performing the repair. As such, we support efforts that aim to ensure consumers are properly indemnified for repair operations and procedures in accordance with documented technical procedures to repair the vehicle as issued by the original vehicle manufacturer. For additional associations that wish

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Youth Automotive Training Center Graduates Its 750th Student The Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC), a unique nine-month automotive training program which provides intensive instruction and hands-on training in automotive theory and practical skills, recently graduated its 750th student as part of the Class of 2019. Established by automotive legend and JM Family Enterprises founder Jim Moran in 1984, YATC’s mission is to train and educate at-risk youth in basic automotive repair skills, academic remediation, job readiness and life management skills. The goal of this program is to prepare at-risk young adults to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens. “YATC taught me that family is more than just blood,” said 22-yearold Martin Baena, a 2019 graduate who was recognized during the ceremony. “If Mr. Moran were still here today, which he is in all of our hearts, I would thank him for the second chance that nobody else would have given me.” Equally valuable to automotive training, the school provides emotional support from the caring staff — three of whom are YATC graduates — and imparts educational and practical life skills. Guided by educators and volunteer tutors from the community, eight of this year’s graduates

earned their high school diplomas and five are pursuing their diplomas following graduation. During the commencement ceremony, 12 graduates were awarded scholarships for continuing education, six of whom received special recognition for notable achievements. Baena received the Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Kick Start Scholarship Award. Established in 2009 by Jan Moran in memory of Bruce Rossmeyer, this recognition includes a full-tuition scholarship to attend a technical/vocational school. Rossmeyer, founder of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson and Daytona Toyota, was a devoted friend and generous supporter of YATC. Other standout award recipients include: • Michael Somers, 20, was presented with the Jump Start Award for excellence in automotive knowledge and repairs. • Damian Varona, 20, was honored with the Turnabout Award for making significant changes in all areas of his life. • Eduardo Bretz Jr., 19; Jarkevius Nemec, 19; and Michael Whitaker, 20, all received Outstanding Attendance Awards for demonstrating exceptional commitment. YATC also awarded Joe O’Brien, founder of the O'Brien Automotive

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Gerber From Page 9 program. “We really haven’t seen that yet,” O’Day said. “But I would anticipate that that will occur over time.” The company also made some other interesting DRP-related comments during the earnings call, and the perspective from the nation’s No. 2 collision chain might help both DRP and non-DRP shops plan their own individual business strategies. Caliber: Asked if the Caliber-ABRA merger had impacted the company’s relationships with insurers or if Boyd had seen resistance to large mergers, Bulbuck said “no, not at all.” He said Boyd really hadn’t seen “any huge impact” from the combination of the two large rivals into a more than 1,000-shop chain. The new Caliber is still a competitor, primarily for labor and acquisitions, Bulbuck said. However, his company hadn’t “necessarily bumped up against” Caliber during Boyd’s pursuit of acquisition targets except in some instances, according to Bulbuck. “Nothing structural” regarding custom-

ers or insurance had occurred, he said. An analyst later asked if Boyd had gotten a “free rider” on renegotiated procurement deals tied to consolidation — likely a reference at least in part to increased Caliber clout. Bulbuck said Boyd hadn’t seen any structural changes there either. A similar perspective was shared by LKQ in its first-quarter 2019 earnings call. “They already get our largest discounts, if you will,” CEO Nick Zarcone said of Caliber and ABRA, whom he at the time called among the company’s top 3-4 customers. “We don’t anticipate any major changes there,” he said. DRPs and large MSOs: Asked if anything had changed structurally for Boyd, given that its results defied collision trends of lower frequency, Bulbuck said the only structural factor was the trend of consolidation affecting the entire industry. “We continue to see additional insurance clients look to establish tiers of direct repair programs that’re available only to large MSOs,” he said. “And we continue to see opportunity in that regard.”

Chief Financial Officer Narendra “Pat” Pathipati said the increase of technology on vehicles would yield an expectation “from clients to meet those requirements.” This is a positive for a company like Boyd, which can afford the capital for scanning, calibration, OEM certifications and specialty repair gear, he said. Consent decree: An analyst asked if the Department of Justice’s plan to end the 1963 Consent Decree restricting certain auto insurance practices would affect Boyd’s traffic or pricing, Bulbuck said that as he understood it, direct repair program opponents “were hanging their argument on” the 1963 document. He said his take was that a rollback or termination of the consent decree “really takes away another argument of the opponents of direct repair program.” O’Day said his understanding was that the DOJ had considered ending the decree because “it really wasn’t necessary anymore.” This shouldn’t impact Boyd, he said.n Copyright © 2019. DRIVEN COMMUNICATIONS INC. All Rights

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