By Charlie Elder, AAM, Chairman
It's almost that time of year again! From Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, Las Vegas will be home to the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) and the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), in conjunction with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Four great trade shows all in one place at the same time - CARS, NACE, AAPEX and SEMA.
CARS is the premier show for automotive service professionals who do mechanical repair and service. There is management training, technical training, a product showcase and the iATN/ASA industry reception. CARS also provides opportunities to network with some of the best shop owners and technicians in our industry. There is nowhere else you can gain so much, so quickly, that will energize you and your business. As the theme suggests, it's "The Best Deal in Town."
NACE is the premier show for the automotive collision repair professional. There is no other show like it in the country. It brings together all facets of the collision industry into one event to address the needs and concerns of the industry. A large selection of technical and management classes offer something for everyone. The huge trade show is the place to compare products and equipment and to make your best deal. Of course there are plenty of receptions and events to meet and talk with other collision professionals. For the collision shop owner, NACE is the "must attend" show of the year.
No other venue offers so much to the independent service industry than Industry Week. If you have never been, then you are missing a lot. You owe it to yourself to attend at least once. I will warn you though, it can become habit-forming. After first attending some 20 years ago, I have been back every year since. What I learn each year helps me become more profitable and that keeps me happy.
Register now, and I will see you in Vegas.