Is your auto body repair shop using the best possible business practices?

The auto body industry is a price-driven market, creating a need for education and consumer safety. As the Kansas Auto Body Association, we want the auto body industry and our customers to better understand the business and their rights as consumers. Kansas ABA feels there is strength in numbers and any individual auto body shop, who is in the state of Kansas, has standards to uphold. The more uniform we as auto body repair shops are the better our businesses will be.

 

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Collaborating with Other Auto Body Shops

In this industry, knowledge is power and our job is to share that information so we can streamline procedures and correctly charge our services. It is important to inform the shops and unify them to do proper repairs with the customer in mind. We want to balance what is right for the car and the consumer.

Setting the Standard in Kansas

This industry is driven by a need for quality, safe business practices. Our job is to set the standard and deliver professional business practices.

KABA Mission Statement

To serve our members and the public of the state of Kansas through leadership, education and initiatives that further uplift the professionalism and business conditions of those engaged in our state’s collision industry for the safety and knowledge of the consumer.

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Kansas Auto Body Association Leadership

Ementi Coary

Ementi Coary

Ementi is the Director of Sales for Spanesi Americas US. His goal and mission in 2017 was to help build Auto Body Associations to work with other states like Iowa and Nebraska which were states he worked in with Mitchell International before his new role with Spanesi. With over 20 years of experience, he trained as an estimator and body shop manager with communication skills, elegant leadership skills, and business development skills, which provides his customers with unique advantages. He takes pride in helping start Auto Body Associations to make a difference towards safe and proper repairs.

Jeff Oldenettel

Email: jeffo@kansasaba.com

Jeff Oldenettel started in the Collision industry in 1998 as a detailer with a new car multi-line franchisee in Wichita, KS. From there his growth in both skills and responsibility has all been focused within the field of collision services. He oversaw production at Cameron Body Shop, Auto Masters, and Eddy's all of Wichita. Since his time with Brandon Steven Motors (Eddy's) Jeff has developed the facility and taken on an additional location in 2015. He has been ICAR trained since 2004 and has Manufacturer training back into the late 1990's. He volunteers with Skills USA for the state of Kansas and co-chaired the contest in 2018.

Brad Harding

Email: Brad@kansasaba.com

Starting in the auto body repair business in 1978, Brad began as a body tech at New Look Body Shop in 1978. He worked for this family-run business in northwest Kansas until 1991 when he purchased the company. New Look is a PPG certified facility with I-CAR trained technicians. Brad has served on the advisory board for Northwest Kansas Technical College for many years and continues today.

Jared Nicholson

Email: jared@bobsight.com

Growing up in a small town he knew from a young age he would be working with cars. Jared graduated from Linn State Technical College (now State Technical College of Missouri) in 2001. Jared accepted a position as a combination, paint and body technician with Bill Greer Ford in Sedalia, MO. He worked there until March of 2009 when he began working for Bob Sight Ford in Lee’s Summit, MO. Working as a body technician and filling in for other areas until January of 2016 When he was promoted to Collision Center Manager, A position he holds today. Jared is an ASE master certified technician, an I-CAR platinum-certified refinish technician, non-structural & structural technician, and estimator & auto physical damage appraiser. Jared also serves on advisory boards for the collision repair departments for Herndon Career Center in Raytown, MO and State Technical College of Missouri.
Brody Simpson

Brody Simpson, Randy Curnow Collision Center, Kansas City, KS

Brody started working in a body shop at 14 after school and on weekends. He went on to open his own shop at age 19 that operated for 5 years before moving his family to KC. Brody worked in a handful of different independent and dealership shops over the next 10 years as a body and occasional paint tech. He started managing about 8 years ago. Before managing Randy Curnow Buick GMC, Brody ran an independent shop for 4 years. Brody is now the Collision Center Director of both locations, Chillicothe, MO and KC, both of which are I-CAR gold class shops. The KC store is on the GM Collision Repair Network.
Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell, Vendor Committee Member

Jeff is an Account Manager for AkzoNobel and has over 28 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry. Throughout his career, he has held management roles with expertise in Business Consulting, Marketing and Distribution Management. Jeff is currently the I-CAR Committee Chairman for the Wichita, KS and a member on the I-CAR National Member Council. Jeff enjoys working with other passionate professionals to make a positive impact on our industry.
Jamie Leonard

Jamie Leonard, Vendor Committee Member

amie started working in the automotive industry when she was 15 years old but her love for the industry started when she was just 2 years old, when her dad took her to work doing restoration and upholstery work. Her family has always been heavily involved in the automotive industry. Jamie is I-car certified in welding and other disciplines. She’s also completed Dale Carnegie training as well as PPG Green Belt training. Jamie has been part of many great organizations including mechanical shops, independent adjusting firms, independent collision centers, dealership parts, service and body shops, as well as retail parts. Jamie has worked in almost every job in the industry up to managing a busy collision facility. Jamie and her husband of 27 years have one grown daughter and if you include the four-legged children they have 2 horses and 4 barn cats. Jamie is a founding board member of KABA and is enjoying the opportunity to work with NE and IA associations. Jamie says, "Being back on the board as a vendor is vital for positive change in the industry on both sides. I truly love helping people make positive changes".

Why Join the Kansas Auto Body Association?

KABA wants your auto body repair shop to gain valuable industry information and knowledge to run a uniform repair shop with high quality repairs, standards and safety.

Body Shop Perks

  • Articles from body shops throughout the state
  • Multiple trade events throughout the year, free to all members
  • Yearly trade show
  • Roundtable discussions throughout the state
  • Support from a community of people you can trust

Auto Body Vendor Perks

  • Yearly trade show to showcase your business
  • Link to your business site on the founding vendors page