CSN-Frank’s Auto Body named Shop of the Year by BASF

BASF’s 2016 Performance Group III Shop of the Year award presented to CSN-Frank’s Auto Body. From left: BASF Refinish Sales Director, Tim Dawe; BASF Refinish Marketing Head, Dan Bihlmeyer; CSN-Frank’s Co-Owner and Manager, Matt Brunelle; BASF Refinish VP, Marvin Gillfillan and BASF Business Development Managers, Mark Livingston and Cameron Lavender.
Vernon, British Columbia — May 23, 2017 — CSN-Frank’s Auto Body has been named a Shop of the Year at the recently concluced 2017 VisionPLUS Performance Group Business Conference in Litchfield Park, Arizona. 
BASF awarded the 2016 Shop of the Year designations to seven collision repair shops, but only one Canadian shop made the list: CSN-Frank’s Auto Body of Vernon, British Columbia. According to a statement from BASF, the winners were selected based on overall improvement and gross profit improvement from the previous year, along with excellent Performance Group preparedness and participation.
“When I started with the group, I thought our shop had maxed out and we couldn’t take any more cars,” said Matt Brunelle, Co-Owner and Manager of CSN-Frank’s Auto Body. “The Performance Group has shown me many areas of additional productivity from administration, to paint, to body. I always come back from meetings with a few ideas to improve the shop, and Mark Livingston, our BASF BDM (Business Development Manager), has been extremely helpful in the process.”
The Business Conference brings all BASF Performance Group members together to network with members of other groups they may not, otherwise, find the opportunity to connect with. The conference highlights business best practices, training, the future of the industry and how to find good employees to compete against the industry-wide issue of aging technicians.
“The exchange of ideas and best practices in these meetings is extraordinary,” said Craig Seelinger, BASF VisionPLUS Program Manager. “BASF is proud to work with such dedicated owners and managers. Just last year we added an eighth group dedicated to customers that have completed BASF’s Advanced Process Solutions (APS) program, and we continue to expand the Performance Groups to meet our customers’ needs.”
For more information regarding BASF performance groups, please contact Craig Seelinger at craig.seelinger@basf.com. More information on CSN-Frank’s Auto Body is available at csn-franks.com

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