Greetings and Happy New Year from PDR Nation! 2015 was a great year for the organization and we can’t wait to build on our achievements and raise the influence of independent PDR technicians all over the world. A few highlights from 2015 include:
Converting pdrnation.org to a mobile friendly responsive website
Joining forces with NAPDRT to condemn an issue involving Farmers Insurance not paying for certain procedures on hail damaged cars
Creating a PDR procedures document and website with the help of NAPDRT
PDR NATION “BY THE NUMBERS”
Because we are a not-for-profit organization, PDR Nation’s financial information is available to the public. Here are just a few of our stats:
date established: 01/01/2014
number of active members: 229
number of members with certification complete: 198 (31 pending)
total dollars donated to charity through Egles’s Cross Fund: $38,095
current balance of funds: $10,000.53
monthly expenses for December 2015: $2,134
Mobile Tech Expo is quickly approaching (January 28-30). If you are serious about your craft and business, attending this trade show is an absolute must. It is the ideal place to network with PDR techs from all over the world and get your hands on the latest and greatest tools. PDR Nation will be in full force at the show. Come visit us at our booth to say hi and enter to win fabulous prizes in our annual Egle’s Cross Charity raffle. This year all funds raised at MTE will be donated to the Pepin Heart Institute. PDR Nation will also be holding several seminars throughout the show. Please visit the Mobile Tech Expo website for information on days, times, and locations of each class. Classes include:
Intro to Conventional Estimating with John Restroom – Jan 28, 8:00-9:00am Room Bonaire 1 & 2 Dealing with Insurance Adjusters with Ian Lamb – Jan 28, 9:15-10:15am Room Bonaire 1 & 2 Selling Large Dents and Retail Damage with Paul Kordon and Gene Fetty – Jan 28, 10:45-11:45am Room Curacao 5 & 6 Marketing with your PDR Nation Certification with David Pinto – Jan 28, 11:45am-12:45pm Room Bonaire 1 & 2 PDR Nation Public Round Table – Jan 29, 10:00-11:00am Room Curacao 7 & 8 PDR Nation Certified Tech Meeting – Jan 30, 2:15-3:15pm Room Curacao 7 & 8
PDR NATION TECH SPOTLIGHT
Dan Ontrop is a full time hail chaser that discovered PDR while working as a BMW mechanic in 2009. After discovering the earning potential of paintless dent repair, and researching the trade for about a year, Dan pulled the trigger, quit his day job and began his PDR journey in 2010. He traveled to California for one on one training with Myke Toledo and then came back home to establish a route. He went through some very difficult and lean times until he was eventually blessed with a career and life changing event. Read a very honest and detailed account of his PDR odyssey at PDRtalk.com. CLICK HERE
Established in 2014, The PDR College podcast has brought a whole new level of professionalism and group sharing to the paintless dent repair industry. Check out a recent episode where Keith Cosentino along with PDR Nation members Shane Jacks and Sal Contreras answer questions live on air during a periscope broadcast. CLICK HERE
DENT TRAINER QUICK TIP
Denttrainer.com is an online paintless dent repair educational platform. Check out a free sample video courtesy of PDR Nation member John Highley.
Did you know PDR Nation members get discounts from multiple PDR tool companies? We also receive a monthly Vistaprint code for 33% off of any order. To learn more and view all of the member benefits please visit the Certified members benefits page.
HELP PDR NATION GROW
The PDR Nation movement has just begun. Please help spread the word and encourage other high quality techs to join the team. If you found value in this newsletter please forward it to a PDR friend. Join the conversation in our public and private Facebook groups and please email us with any feedback or suggestions.
“The mission of PDR Nation is to unite the International Paintless Dent Repair community by bringing standardization, accountability and the highest level of ethical practices through universal certification. To collect, manage and distribute technical, educational and business information to all industry related segments to promote a positive image worldwide and bring recognition to the Paintless Dent Repair segment of the automotive repair industry”