SCRS Welcomes Washington Independent Collision Repairer’s Association as Most Recent Affiliate Association
Mechanicsville, Virginia, December 30, 2019 – The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announces Washington Independent Collision Repairer’s Association (WICRA) as the latest state association to affiliate with SCRS.
WICRA was established in April 2019, and announced to the industry in November with industry advocacy work kicking off in the state capitol immediately following the association’s launch. The main focus of the association is to improve the business climate for its members – automotive professionals and businesses throughout the state of Washington.
The association website states, “Our members believe in building an industry-wide network and strong relationships with others to achieve greater consistency and safety in industry practices, and therefore greater trust from consumers.”
“WICRA is taking steps to protect the rights of the small businesses we represent, and ultimately the consumers in Washington that they serve,” shared WICRA President, Jeff Butler. “WICRA’s reasoning for joining SCRS is simple; SCRS is THE National Collision Repairer’s organization that represents the best in auto repair and education within the industry. We’ve gained a lot from the relationship in our formative stages of establishing our group and believe that the connectivity both at a national level, and with other state peers will help us focus our efforts and initiatives on the areas that we can make the most impact. Our core values align perfectly and we wish to support this goal as well as spread this mentality throughout Washington.”
“WICRA represents a really critical part of our industry,” added SCRS Chairman, Brett Bailey. “Collision repair businesses deserve a voice that will advocate on their behalf and a group that will work to corral the industry together at the local level. We’ve been exceptionally fortunate in our history to be a more tenured shoulder for newly established organizations to lean on, and, we are excited about the opportunity that exists for WICRA as they re-establish a state association in Washington state.”
“As every volunteer around the SCRS board table knows, associations are the result of people willing to show up, roll up their sleeves and get to work for the industry,” added SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. “We’ve all got a lot of admiration for individuals who go to work not for themselves or their own betterment, but to support the industry around them. We look forward to watching this association grow and to be able to offer support through the peer-to-peer network we’ve established within our Affiliate structure.”
About SCRS: Through its direct members and 40 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS Web site: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.