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Melbourne Detailer Elected President of the International Detailing Association

Thursday, February 1, 2018   (0 Comments)


Justin Labato of JL’s Showroom Detailing Accepts Leadership Role at IDA Annual Meeting in Orlando

Justin Labato at MTEMELBOURNE, FL February 1, 2018 — Justin “JL” Labato (CD-SV, RT), founder of Melbourne’s JL’s Showroom Detailing, was elected by the Board of Directors as 2018 President of the International Detailing Association (IDA). He accepted the position at the IDA’s Annual Meeting during the Mobile Tech Expo 2018 this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. The IDA is the leading industry association for professional detailing operators, suppliers, and consultants, and they are dedicated to promoting the value of professional detailing services to consumers, while making it easy for customers to contact an IDA-certified detailer in their area. Car owners can be assured that IDA members are tested and certified according to strict industry standards determined by leading industry professionals.

Labato joined the IDA in 2014 where he earned their professional certification (CD). After getting involved on a couple of committees, he was among the first group of detailers in the nation to earn the organization’s advanced Skills Validated (SV) certification, a challenging hands-on test that measures a detailer’s ability to think on their feet when confronted with complex problems for both interior and exterior services.

Shortly afterward, he went on to become one of the IDA’s Recognized Trainers (RT), qualifying him to train and certify new detailers according to IDA standards. Twice a year, JL holds IDA-certified training classes at his JL’s Showroom Detailing shop at 515 South Wickham Road in Melbourne. Labato was then elected to the IDA Board of Directors, and last year, served as Vice President of Operators.

“The best way to affect positive changes, promote growth, and ensure quality work in any profession, is to get involved in your industry,” says Labato. “I plan to continue the monumental growth of the IDA over the next year and continue to strive for more consumer awareness about the benefits of using an IDA-certified detailer to care for and protect your automotive investment.”

Labato is also certified by Renny Doyle’s Detailing Success and a member of Doyle’s Detail Mafia. He has been selected four years in a row for the Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight and is a member of the Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival Detailing Team at Monterey Car Week.

The past two years, Labato has been a member of the Mothers Polish Team for Barrett Jackson, and has performed services for Trans Am Specialties of Florida; he has made guest appearances with Autogeek’s Mike Phillips on Velocity TV’s Competition Ready TV show; and he is lead global detailing consultant for Buff & Shine Manufacturing.

Labato is currently working with a past IDA president and member of the IDA’s Founder’s Club, Prentice St. Clair, CD-SV, RT, on new videos for Buff & Shine.

Labato is more than just an industry leader and a detailer. He is also a Paint Correction specialist and expert in the application of multiple lines of ceramic coatings.

For more information, contact Justin Labato at (321) 722-2255, or you may also contact Kimberly Ballard at (256) 653-4003 for high resolution pictures.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the IDA.

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