The Focus Is on You!
By Jerry Burns, AAM, Chairman
I hope everyone had a great summer, enjoying family and friends and maybe even a little relaxation. Fall will soon be upon us and it's time to look forward to what Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) - comprised of the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) - has to offer us this year. If you have not registered yet, time is running out. The hotel rates are quite reasonable. Even in difficult economic times, I believe this is one event you can't afford to miss. Together we stay strong! Here are a few highlights of what your surveys indicated you would like to see at ASRW.
We are excited to introduce the ASRW Industry Forum. There will be two concurrent 45-minute sessions - one for mechanical and one for collision with a 30-minute networking break, followed by two additional concurrent 45-minute sessions. The forum will conclude with a reception. The fee is $50 for this forum with all proceeds benefiting the training and education of the sponsoring organizations: National Autobody Council, Automotive Management Institute, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the Inter-Industry Conference on Collision Repair (I-CAR) Education Foundation. I believe this forum will be time and money well spent as we discuss relevant issues with our peers and seek out new networking opportunities.
Kelly McDonald is our keynote speaker at the opening General Session, speaking on "The Changing Face of Your Business - Inside & Out." We all experience changes in our businesses. I know she will bring new insight into our ever-changing industry. To read more about McDonald, click here.
We are pleased to again host the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Pavilion to include Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, GM and Honda. There will be OEM educational presentations on the NACE floor. This is a great resource and opportunity to speak directly with the OEM experts.
There are 80+ NACE/CARS educational sessions, including tracks on management, technical and Women's Professional Development. There is also add-on education and technical training from I-CAR, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) and ASE. The I-CAR Technology Showcase will feature more than 20 one-hour-long free clinics on the show floor showcasing new technology and repair methods and is being taught by an I-CAR instructor.
Stop by the ASA booth (N2152) and meet your ASA staff and learn about the new ASA Marketplace member-benefit program. The ASA staff looks forward to meeting and visiting with you.
Your registration to ASRW/NACE/CARS is a great value with all the educational resources, networking opportunities, equipment and technology showcase. The conference events have been organized to maximize your time and ease navigation through the various events. Visit www.NACEexpo.com and www.CARSevent.com for details and schedules. Come prepared to have a great time and reach new heights in your business. Have safe travels, and I look forward to seeing you next month in Las Vegas!
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