PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the successful sponsorship of a recent chapter event for the California Autobody Association (CAA).

The CAA East Bay chapter dinner took place on Wednesday evening, September 19 at the PPG business development center in Concord, California. Organized by Robert Hengemihle and Jennifer Jarzembowski of PPG, the event included a keynote speaker and an educational seminar on the latest OEM information, including certifications, repair procedures and best practices for safe and quality repairs.

“PPG has been a key supporter of this event and our organization in general,” said Tiffany Silva, President of the East Bay Chapter and Treasurer of the Executive Committee for the California Autobody Association. “PPG is an exceptional business partner that provides so much support for our industry.”

Jennifer Jarzembowski, PPG national business development manager, OEM After Sales, led the seminars held during the event, lending her expertise in OEM certification requirements with the goal of bringing value and profitability to repair facilities seeking certification, as well as those who are looking to maintain it.

“It was a pleasure to be a part of this event and provide so many shops with this valuable information, which they can begin implementing immediately,” said Jarzembowski.

Adds Silva, “Rob Hengemihle and his team are so gracious to host a meeting each year for the CAA, and I believe this meeting was the best yet. The topics were so relevant and the presentation was just perfect.”

The highlight of the event was keynote speaker Mark Olson, founder of VECO Experts. Olson is a highly respected industry expert and educator. His company works with shops all over the United States on quality, process and profitability.

“It was great to see so many people hungry for information,” said Olson. “We go to meetings in some very populated areas and only twenty to thirty people show up. This meeting was in a remote area, and many people came from all over – It was inspiring!”

The event drew more than eighty attendees, and it was standing room only … proof that the CAA East Bay Chapter is extremely strong with excellent leadership. Recognizing the organization’s importance to the industry, PPG is proud to be a supporter.


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