Published on January 29th 2020 in

SEMA 2020: SCRS calls for speaker applications

Subject matter experts interested in teaching the nation’s collision repairers how to improve themselves should hurry and  apply to the Society of Collision Repair Specialists by Feb. 23.  Repairer Driven Education (RDE) is one of the industry’s most popular and highest-profile events and SCRS said it sought “fresh new ideas” for the series, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at SEMA 2019.

“RDE isn’t intended to be a typical conference track,” SCRS wrote in a recent news release. “We encourage our presenters to tap into their creativity and rethink both topics and presentation format. We encourage unconventional submissions that will surprise our audience base and challenge what they expect out of a trade show education program.”

Speakers should expect an audience predominantly comprised of collision repairers, and that RDE “consists of sessions focused on educating those in the collision repair industry on how to better themselves, their business, and their approach to current challenges.”

For example, here’s our coverage of a 2019 RDE panel on OEM certification.

“While the audience is largely comprised of owners, managers, estimators and technicians from collision repair businesses, as a speaker you may find a diverse group in your session,” SCRS wrote in its online application. “We often have students attend many of the tracks, looking to learn more about the industry, or members of other automotive businesses who see a general education value for their business segment.”

RDE runs Monday-Friday of SEMA Week. The first three days (2 to 4 November this year) feature classroom-style courses. The headline OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit event fills the Thursday 5 November and the Friday morning 6 November sees the rapid-fire, 10-minutes-per-speaker IDEAS Collide event.

Those interested in the OEM Summit and IDEAS Collide should also apply online by Feb. 23.

“RDE has proven to be one of the most dynamic and well-attended education series the industry has to offer, and we have found that with a continually evolving curriculum, and a focus on unique sessions that find compelling ways to deliver ROI, that each year gets better and goes further to inspire and inform the industry’s best and brightest,” SCRS wrote in the application.

Got two great ideas for presentations? No problem. SCRS said would-be speakers and panellists can submit multiple applications. It said it would give preference to “unique proposals that have not been delivered in other venues.”

SCRS also encouraged companies to exhibit in the SEMA Show proper and to consider sponsorship of the Repairer Driven Education series. “As an RDE sponsor, your exhibiting company will receive highly visible recognition before, during, and after the Show,” the organisation wrote.

For more information about the 2020 Repairer Driven Education, contact SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg at or +1 302-423-3537.

This article courtesy of John Huetter of Repairer Driven Education (RDE). Check out their website at: for this and many other informative and educational articles on the collision repair industry.

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