Valspar’s Charlie Whitaker to lead talent acquisition seminar at SEMA

Charlie Whitaker of Valspar Automotive.

Minneapolis, Minnesota — October 27, 2016 — Valspar Automotive is bringing a new course to the 2016 SEMA Show that just might pique the interest of anyone struggling to find great collision repair talent.

Charlie Whitaker, the company’s Quality First Technical Manager, will lead the topic, “Developing New Talent in a Shrinking Workforce While Reducing Labor Costs.” The course takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on November 1. The 2016 SEMA Show takes place November 1 to 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

“Today more than ever, body shop owners are faced with the challenges of delivering a quality product and service in a timely manner and yet, remain profitable in a market of rising cost,” says Whitaker. “Owners and managers that attend this presentation can expect to learn valuable information and methods in order to battle an increasing problem within our industry. That is, finding the right people, working within the constraints of a shrinking workforce pool, attracting new talent, and the cost of turnover and ways to reduce it.”

The course is part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) 2016 Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series. The seminar led by Whitaker will be held in classroom N237 in the Upper North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Since 2011, Whitaker has been working with key customers at Valspar Automotive to improve productivity and profitability in the shop. Prior to Valspar Automotive, Whitaker worked at Collision Authority Spring Valley in Las Vegas as a manager. Throughout his 20-plus years in the collision industry, he has held multiple positions in the shop ranging from technician to general manager.

Whitaker holds a Master Certification in Collision Repair and Estimating from The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and is accredited in management and general business administration from the Automotive Management Institute.

Tickets to SCRS RDE sessions range from $75 to $400. To register, please visit

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