BREAKING POINT

Let’s hope it doesn’t get there By DARRYL SIMMONS The response to my last column, “The Tipping Point” was a lot greater than I had expected. Thank you for sharing your concerns. Letters via email came from across the country and each one was saying the same thing. As a shop owner or manager, you […]

THE TIPPING POINT

It’s time we put our heads together— for the greater good of the industry I recently made a heated argument against some restaurant service staff making a case they deserve larger tips due to a decrease in wages spurred by COVID. Pardon me? Did I just hear that right? Did they really think everyone else […]

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Put some pep in your step this season—there’s plenty of room to grow By DARRYL SIMMONS There’s something special about this time of year. As the snow finally melts and we get to head outside without coats and boots, it’s only natural to think about things growing. Despite the topsy-turvy circus across the globe, it’s […]

DUCKS IN A ROW

The perfect time for planning is the present By DARRYL SIMMONS And not a minute too soon, 2021 is in our rear-view mirror. From all accounts it was a challenging time, but most repairers weathered the storm and are ready for the year ahead. Interesting times ahead for sure. But we’ve been warned before about […]

TO 2022, AND BEYOND!

Give the gift of wisdom this holiday season By DARRYL SIMMONS Well, folks, another year for the history books. It may not have been the most stellar year on record, but we certainly made the best of it. One thing we can undoubtedly be happy about is the resurgence of industry trade shows. Oh, how […]

SEE YOU AT SEMA

The lights of Las Vegas are calling—will you answer? BY DARRYL SIMMONS It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year—that is, in the minds of automotive aftermarket professionals. There is less than a month until the 2021 SEMA Show. In 2019—the last time the Collision Repair mag team walked the SEMA Show floor—the world […]

Thank you – It’s all because of you

BY DARRYL SIMMONS Time sure flies when you’re having fun. Just in the blink of an eye, a fifth of a century blasted by. They say print is dead, but what you hold in your hands now just cannot be duplicated with pixels on screens. After working in the corporate business world for a decade […]

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

A new start is on our horizons BY DARRYL SIMMONS Summer has arrived. Pandemic restrictions are loosening from coast to coast. Brighter days are ahead—and Collision Repair’s 20th Anniversary edition is right around the corner. The question on everyone’s mind is what exactly has changed in the last 16 months—and where do we go from […]

OUR STORY IS YOUR STORY

For the last 20 years we’ve covered a lot of ground together Time sure flies when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday when Remy Rousseau and I were pondering cover ideas for the first edition. Lorenzo D’Allessandro was the inaugural cover story. It was a great call, as we enter the 20th year […]

BRAVE NEW WORLD

Rebooting is no longer an option BY DARRYL SIMMONS The most dangerous words in business are, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’” Keep this in mind as we no longer have the ability to reset or reboot to what was normal in the past. We are in the reinvention stage of business. It’s a brave […]