The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) board met Tuesday during Auto Glass Week™ in West Palm Beach, Fla. The board welcomed two new members: Korey Gobin of Delta Kits and Aric Haarala of Glass Mechanix.
Both members contributed new ideas during their first meeting. Haarala focused on marketing NWRA certification to smaller windshield repair businesses.
“People who do windshield repair need an opportunity to do it well,” he said. “The methodology of how someone markets their business shouldn’t affect their standing. People need to prove that they can do what they say they can do. There needs to be this kind of certification. If we don’t do that it will harm us all in the end.”
Gobin suggested asking glassBYTEs.com™ to spotlight an NWRA certified technician each week to add extra value to the NWRA certification.
“These smaller businesses want to know what’s in it for them,” he said.
The board discussed certification fee discounts for new members to help increase the number of members certified by the NWRA. The board voted unanimously to give new members three free certifications. Members can purchase five additional certifications for $30 each, 20 for $25 each or $40 for an individual certification.
Gobin made the motion to apply the fee changes. NWRA president Troy Mason abstained from the vote. Board members Rich Campfield and Keith Beveridge were absent from the meeting.
Legislative updates are a new addition to NWRA’s offerings.
“We’re going to work for the people in individual states. That will be huge,” said Mason.
The board also discussed changes to the NWRA Training Manual and Certification Guide.
The NWRA will hold a luncheon for its members at Auto Glass Week today at 12:30 p.m.