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Southeast Collision Conference debuts with message of community and unity

More than 200 collision repairers gathered at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, S.C., for the inaugural event

Richburg, S.C.—More than 200 collision repair professionals gathered at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, S.C., June 23-25, for the inaugural Southeast Collision Conference, hosted by the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA), Gulf States Collision Association (GSCA) and Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA). The three-day event featured a dozen classes taught by leading industry trainers, 42 exhibitor booths to peruse, over two dozen raffle prizes, an awards dinner and a Recycled Rides giveaway. 

“Feedback was 98 percent positive,” said to Josh Kent, executive director of CCA, GSCA and TCRA. “Vendors indicated that attendees represented quality shops that came with a specific purpose — they asked questions and made purchases. But more importantly, I think people felt the vibe was different at the Southeast Collision Conference than at other shows with regard to community and networking. We want people to meet each other, have a good time and truly enjoy themselves.”

Association leaders said they were pleased with the 2022 Southeast Collision Conference.

“We had an amazing event that truly exceeded our expectations,” shared CCA President Kyle Bradshaw. “It is nice to know that there are so many collision repair professionals out there who value their craft and are actively striving to better themselves and their businesses. We could not have put this event together without the support of our sponsors, vendors and speakers who selflessly gave their time and resources to put it together. I am humbled and honored to be a small part of CCA and the Southeast Collision Conference, and I am already looking forward to next year.”

“I was really impressed with our speakers, especially Mike Anderson. He always does a fantastic job and really gets you into the groove of learning,” TCRA President J. Mark Smith said. “The conference went exceptionally well and was better than I’d even anticipated. We had a great turnout, and everyone did a fantastic job carrying through with what we put together.”

“It was great to have face-to-face interaction with so many colleagues, new and old after having to delay things since Covid,” noted GSCA President Tracy Lewis. “We so enjoyed the awards ceremony, listening to laughter and emotions as people honored others for their hard work. We had a great display from our vendors, and the education was something that everyone could have take-a-ways from. I look forward to seeing the conference grow and just get better and better in the coming years.”

Overwhelmingly, the event focused on and promoted the value of unity and community between shops and associations, borne of a mutual desire to perform safe and proper repairs while running an honest, profitable business with integrity.

“Multiple people commented on the closeness of these three organizations,” Kent added. “It’s not just CCA calling CCA; GSCA calls CCA, and CCA calls TCRA. All three associations have opened their arms and ears to one another. They call each other and fly out to see shops in other states. CCA has been bringing that change to North Carolina shops for several years, and we want to bring it to the entire southeast region.”

Open to collision repair industry professionals from all locations, the 2022 Southeast Collision Conference offered three days of education, networking and exhibitions, hosted by the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA), Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA) and Gulf States Collision Association (GSCA). Stay tuned for details about the 2023 Southeast Collision Conference as they become available at more information about this topic, contact Josh Kent at or 704-998-8553.

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