Program, AGRSS-Friendly Computer Programs Take Center Stage
The 2008 International Auto Glass Safety Conference (AGRSS Conference)
resumed today. After a keynote speech by Archie Manning (CLICK HERE for
related story), Mike Schmaltz, executive director of the Minnesota Glass
Association, took to the stage in Tradewinds C and D conference rooms
at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to provide attendees more information
about the Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) and how to get involved. Schmaltz
is the newly appointed AGRSS CAP administrator.
"We're creating a brand we can all identify with. A brand that associates
us, those who are doing the job right, and separates us from the trunk
slammers, those who aren't doing the job right," said Schmaltz. "When
you think about it, when we pass different milestones in life we stop
and stand in front of every one. We do it to underscore the importance
of the event. We do it with ceremony and pomp to give meaning to what
we're doing. Look at your education. You take a lot of different steps.
You register for class, you write the papers, you take the tests. And
when you're done, what do you do? You go to a graduation ceremony. You
bring together your teachers, your family and you focus on what you've
accomplished. You do the same thing with a CAP event. You invite people
who are important to you to say 'this is important to me.'"
Following Schmaltz, Rob Russ with Quest and Mark Haeck with Mainstreet
Computers shared information with attendees about available computer programs
that help AGRSS-registered glass shops keep up with their AGRSS documentation.
"If you're [registered with AGRSS] you can be assured you're in compliance
by using our program," Russ said of the new Enterprise software Quest
released this year. The company includes technical and software training.
Mainstreet Computers offers software that makes it easy for shops and
technicians to keep track of the AGRSS deliverables from the beginning.
Selecting the proper box on a specific screen automatically adds an area
for recording deliverables on the printed work order for the technician
to fill in while out in the field. Upon returning to the shop and entering
the information, those same fields are on the screen used to create the
"We saw [the coming of AGRSS] as a good thing. There has to be a
balance between accountability and responsibility. The first thing we
did was make the deliverables easier to track," said Haeck.
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