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ASRW 2010 Registration Opens;
Robust Educational Program Scheduled

Posted 7/8/2010

Online Registration
Now Open!

Online attendee registration is open and will offer various package options starting at $210, and Expo registration will be available for just $15, until the Aug. 17 early cut-off deadline. Click here to register for NACE and click here to register for CARS.

As the industry's trusted resource for quality education, the 2010 educational program at the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) will feature more than 80 educational sessions, divided among three tracks: Management, Technical and Women's Professional Development. Many of the management sessions are accredited by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI), while the technical sessions focus on today's most relevant technical topics.

Additional add-on education will be presented by I-CAR, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). NACE and CARS are sponsored by ASA and will be co-located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas beginning Sunday, Oct. 10, during the third annual Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW).

The NACE and CARS conference program delves into issues that are dealt with by both the mechanical and collision segments on a daily, weekly and annual basis, and is designed to meet their educational needs. Sessions will be offered in both 90-minute and three-hour time slots. Tracks are specific to NACE and CARS with emphasis on either management or technical topics, but all ASRW registered attendees have access to any session they wish to attend.

Management, Technical Sessions Offer Variety

Management sessions are expected to be the most sought-after education for both collision and mechanical professionals. Session highlights in the management track include Advanced Production Management, taught by Bernie Blickenstaff; The Human Side of Lean Management, taught by Kathi Hanley; Recruiting and Retaining Quality People, led by Richard Flint; The Best Pay Programs on Earth, led by Bob Cooper; and What Women Want, presented by Jody DeVere.

Detailed technical instruction will be offered, including the following course offerings: Vehicle Security Systems, led by George Lesniak; Green Bullets: Hybrid Vehicle Service (Parts 1 and 2), taught by John Forro; Body Control Systems Diagnostics with ACDelco; and Electronic Transmission Diagnostic Strategies, led by Chris Chesney.

October Dates Allow for Even Lower Hotel Rates

Online housing registration for NACE and CARS is now open and features all-time-low hotel rates due to a strategic move to October show dates, resulting in outstanding savings for both attendees and exhibitors. The affordable rates are also attributable to ASRW's new day pattern, which allows attendees to take advantage of weekday hotel rates. These industry events, sponsored by ASA, will be co-located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-13.

"When we first contemplated moving the event to October, we knew hotel rates would be lower than what we've been able to negotiate in the past. But the rates we were able to secure for our room blocks exceeded our expectations," said Lindsay Roberts, director, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. "Our goal was to get rock-bottom rates that would make it even more attractive to our audience to travel to 'Vegas in October, and we did!"

It is important to note that price-points fluctuate between weekend (Friday and Saturday) and weekday (Sunday through Thursday) rates. Complete rate structures are outlined on the NACE and CARS websites ( and

American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Air Canada and WestJet will serve as official airlines, offering service from destinations worldwide to Las Vegas' McCarran Airport. Discounts are available off published airfares based on availability, offering the most cost-effective travel.

Avis offers discounted car rental rates to help show participants get around Las Vegas easily.

To ensure the best rates for travel and accommodations, attendees and exhibitors should book through the online reservation system at Reservations may be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling (800) 895-3978 during the hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

As the exclusive, official housing provider for both NACE and CARS, is the only company that can sell rooms in the official housing blocks. Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to only use for all their travel needs.

Lowest Hotel Rates in Years!

There's a price-point for every budget with low rates available at all official NACE and CARS hotels - saving attendees 20 percent to 40 percent over 2009 rates.

• Mandalay Bay (connected to Mandalay Bay Convention Center)
If Booked by July 30: $99 weekday/$149 weekend
If Booked after July 30: $TBD weekday/$TBD weekend

• THEhotel (connected to Mandalay Bay Convention Center)
If Booked by July 30: $139 weekday/$179 weekend
If Booked after July 30: $TBD weekday/$TBD weekend

• Luxor (easy indoor walk/adjoined by tram/shuttles available)
If Booked by July 30: $60 weekday/$115 to $140 weekends
If Booked after July 30: $99 weekday/$155 weekend

• Excalibur (adjoined by tram/shuttles available)
If Booked by July 30: $41 weekday/$91 to 101 weekends
If Booked after July 30: $79 weekday/$141 weekend

• New York New York (shuttles available)
If Booked by July 30: $69 weekday/$129 weekend
If Booked after July 30: $99 weekday/$155 weekend

• MGM (shuttles available)
If Booked by July 30: $89 weekday/$169 weekend
If Booked after July 30: $TBD weekday/$TBD weekend

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