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AGRSS Conference and Consumer Awareness Program Slated
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS)
Council Inc. will hold its annual International Auto Glass Safety Conference
October 27-28 in suburban Chicago. The event will be held in conjunction
with an AGRSS Consumer Awareness Program (CAP), both of which will be
held at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
The AGRSS CAP brings together local officials, community members and insurance
company representatives to learn about the importance of proper windshield
installations done in accordance with the AGRSS Standard.
“CAP events give AGRSS-registered companies the chance to work together
to show their communities, including legislators and insurance agents,
why a safe windshield installation is important,” says AGRSS Council president
Levy says the group decided to group the events this year so that all
in attendance could see what goes into a CAP.
“This is a unique opportunity for AGRSS-registered companies to see a
consumer awareness event, so we thought it would be beneficial to combine
the two this year,” says AGRSS Council Inc. president Debra Levy. “Attendees
at the conference can stay for the Consumer Awareness Program on the second
day at no additional charge. They can see what’s involved with a CAP and
evaluate whether or not they’d like to bring one to their communities.”
AGRSS Begins Interviews for Business
Development Director Position
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc. has begun
interviewing for the position of business development director. The business
development director’s would be responsible for expanding the AGRSS brand
with the ultimate goal of making AGRSS compliance a requirement for all
The business development director also will be
responsible for increasing the AGRSS registered-company pool and working
with insurance companies to use AGRSS registered companies.
AGRSS Council Considers Foreign Language Program
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc. recently
decided to assess the possible development of a foreign language program,
in an effort to make the AGRSS Standard and other tools available to those
for whom English is not their first language.
Though the Council recently began working on this, the importance of this
program was brought to the forefront recently when a Texas business with
a Spanish-only-speaking technician came up for a third-party validation
review and Equalizer Industries’ Gilbert Gutierrez stepped in to help.
Gutierrez, a fluent Spanish speaker, volunteered his time to translate
and also drove five hours from his home of Round Rock, Texas, to Harlingen,
Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border, to help out with the validation review.
Just three days later, he helped out with a second validation in San Antonio.
“The challenge is, you can’t use a translator from the company being validated
for obvious reasons, and you can’t use a translator from a local university,
because they’re not going to know how to say things like ‘pinchweld’ in
Spanish,” says AGRSS Council Inc. president Debra Levy. “We really appreciate
both Gilbert and Equalizer’s willingness to help out with this effort
as we work toward a more permanent solution.”
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