David Luehr’s message is one of hope to a troubled collision repair industry. As an Oregon born collision business owner in the in early 1990s, David experienced the challenges of the independent owner and has spent the last thirty years perfecting his craft. With a deep background in lean operations, David has worked in leadership positions with several organizations including companies Manheim and ABRA Auto Body and Glass. David also believes in the importance of education and has served as the Chairman of Middle Tennessee’s award winning I-CAR committee taking an active role in the development of students within the industry, but also those entering the industry through local vocational schools. Now as the owner of Nashville, Tennessee based Elite Body Shop Solutions, David uses his vast industry knowledge to help America’s independent collision repairer win by offering hope and practical real world advice as a coach, mentor, and consultant. As a writer and keynote speaker, he has inspired an international audience helping thousands improve both their businesses and quality of life.
We recently invited Dave to speak to a group of auto body owners, industry suppliers, and our own employees. The information he shared was highly relevant and his speaking style was engaging for all. We appreciated his candid approach and easy-going delivery. Dave’s credibility is built on his extensive experience with regard to several aspects of the collision repair industry. He demonstrates genuine empathy for his audience and the challenges they face, countering with helpful, practical tips and encouraging advice. Dave maintains an effective balance of insider knowledge and outsider objectivity.
In the past couple of years, David Luehr has added a new dimension to the Refinish Distributors Alliance that has helped us to focus on becoming a more well-rounded and successful organization in the collision repair industry. RDA is a premier national membership organization for PBE distributors who want to offer the industry’s best to their collision shop customers. Dave writes regular articles for our publications, designs and produces RDA training webinars, and writes a monthly tips flyer for collision shops. On occasion, he also travels to RDA events as a featured presenter to audiences that may include members, manufacturers, and collision shops. Dave knows and researches what he talks about, offering experience, passion, and reliability in all the arenas he serves.
I have known David Luehr for several years, and appreciate him as one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people I know in the collision repair industry. Dave has years of body shop experience, having worked in both small and large independent shops, and also in national multi-shop operations. He utilizes his experience to train and educate shop technicians, managers & owners, and other segments of the industry. Dave is great to work with. He brings a thoughtful and unique leadership approach to what he does, and always delivers a high degree of commitment, expertise, organization and reliability. You can always count on Dave!
- Entertaining Presenter and Keynote Speaker
- Worked in the Collision Industry over 30 years
- Held leadership positions with several MSO organizations
- Leading expert on Lean and Theory Of Constraints Applications
- Former President of the Oregon Auto Body Craftsman Association
- Former Chairman of Middle Tennessee’s award winning I-CAR committee