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AkzoNobel 20 Group invests in DEG and industry training

Jake Weyer June 22, 2011 — AkzoNobel Acoat selected Titanium National Performance Group this week announced plans to donate $3,000 for Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) improvements and continuing education through the March Taylor Memorial Fund. For the first initiative, the 20 Group is offering a $1,000 grant, to be allocated between three individuals who submit the best ideas for database improvements this year. DEG and Titanium Group members will set the criteria and determine the measurement of contribution for each award. Submissions can be made at DEGWEB.org. The Titanium Group will also support the DEG’s ongoing efforts with an additional $1,000 matching grant. The March Taylor contribution is another $1,000, made to promote continuing education in the industry. Additional donations can be made to the March Taylor Memorial Fund by calling 509.543.7773. Read the full story here…

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Titanium 20 group donates $3,000 to DEG

Andrew Johnson March 18, 2011, SECAUCUS, N.J.—Akzo Nobel’s Titanium 20 Group, a group of 10 shop owners within the Akzo Nobel Acoat Selected Performance Groups program, donated $3,000 to the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG), said Aaron Clark, president of Collision Solutions, during the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) board meeting Friday. The money will be used for three purposes: • $1,000 will be given to the March Taylor Education Foundation. • $1,000 will be used for the DEG’s operating budget. • $1,000 will be distributed as prize money among the top three submitters of inquiries to the DEG. “This is an initiative that the Titanium group started in an attempt to get other trade associations and groups to follow suit,” said Clark, who is also chairman of the SCRS. “We need to raise more funds for the DEG.” This donation is extremely valuable to the DEG, said Aaron Schulenburg,…

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Get to Know the DEG

The Database En-hancement Gateway. It sounds a little like a term you might hear in a Star Trek episode, doesn’t it? (Cue Star Trek theme song): “All crew members brace yourselves, we’re putting the ship into warp drive to reach the Database Enhancement Gateway!” But it has nothing to do with space or science fiction at all. Better known as the DEG, it’s a website (www.degweb.org) that was created in January 2008 to allow collision repairers to get answers to estimating questions relating to information providers’ database times. The groundwork of the DEG was laid by the late March Taylor, who was so passionate about making sure that the database information reflected the real world that he collected, researched and processed hundreds of database inquiries at his shop, Auto Body Hawaii. Even though the DEG has been around now for two years, I’ve realized throughout my travels that many repairers…