Don't Miss a Thing at ASRW 2011!
With Automotive Service and Repair Week - made up of CARS and NACE - headed East, there are so many reasons to get excited! By attending this year, you have the opportunity to take advantage of a new location and everything Orlando has to offer you and your family. Here are just some of the many, many exciting things in store for ASRW Oct. 5-8.
• NEW! Day pattern returns to Thursday-Saturday (with conference beginning on Wednesday)
• 80+ education sessions in the Conference Program
• New show hours - ASRW concludes at 3 p.m. on Saturday, allowing you and your family to enjoy the local family-friendly activities at discounted prices after the show closes and on Sunday. For family-friendly ideas, see "Wonderful Things to Do in Orlando!" below.
• NEW! ASRW Town Hall - Saturday afternoon
• ASRW Industry Forum & Reception - Discuss relevant, compelling industry topics and then start networking - all before the show opens
• Opening General Session
• Add-on education from PCI and ASE
• I-CAR education beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, and the I-CAR Technology Showcase, featuring live demonstrations on the show floor
• Great location - the Orange County Convention Center is a fantastic facility.
• Three attractive hotel properties within walking distance, plus a variety of hotels within the official housing block
• Warm weather in October
• Quick 10-minute trip to/from the Orlando International Airport
• Nice shopping and dining options within walking distance at Pointe Orlando
• Wide assortment of inexpensive dining options all around the immediate area
• Exciting, nearby off-site venue for the ASRW Welcome Reception, sponsored by CCC Information Systems
• Car show - admire a collection of rare, exotic and hot rod/street rod vehicles with our newest partner, the Muscle Car Network of Florida
• World class exhibits showcasing the latest products and services, featuring:
Town Hall to Address Healthcare
For 2011, we've expanded the Town Hall, and this key event will benefit everyone in attendance at ASRW. The ASRW Town Hall meeting will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The topic is, "How Will Healthcare Reform Affect My Business?"
This Town Hall format takes a look at the impact of health care reform included in the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and an outlook for changes in health care laws in the future. Industry experts will review the new law's impact on independent automotive repair businesses and possible changes in health care laws. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask pertinent questions of health care experts. We invite you to participate in this important and worthwhile discussion.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is providing Lake Technical College in Eustis, Fla., with a mini-makeover and you're invited to participate! Lake Technical College was the only school in Florida to apply for the Education Foundation's 2010 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant, which provides a $50,000 wish list for the winner's collision program. The makeover will be showcased during ASRW 2011 with the school instructor, students, donors and guests. If your company is interested in participating in the makeover through monetary and/or in-kind product donations (tax deductible), please contact Brandon Eckenrode, Education Foundation Associate Director of Development at (847) 463-5244. All donations go directly to Lake Technical College's collision program. Come and celebrate with Lake Technical College as it is awarded this special grant for its collision repair program.
With ASRW moving to Orlando, show organizers have been promoting the new venue as one of the most family-friendly places around. But we all know that, right? There are literally thousands of things to do! Here are some of our favorites as compiled from the list, 210 Things for Convention Delegates to Do in Orlando. For the complete, unabridged list, go to www.ASRWevents.com.
As you can see, there is something for everyone in your family to do - from dads and grandpas to the smallest of tots. How many "To Dos" will you cross off your list?
• Stroll through Diagonal Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando® Resort.
• Slip into the water with a beluga whale at SeaWorld Orlando.
• Cast a line for bass fishing with a guide.
• Play 18 holes at one of the Orlando area's 176 golf courses.
• Drive a stock car at 125 mph (201 km/h) at Richard Petty Driving Experience.
• Tour the world in under a mile at Epcot.
• Float over the area in a hot air balloon.
• Treat yourself to "a little something" at Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Jimmy Choo or Coach at The Mall at Millenia.
• Play glow-in-the-dark mini golf at Putting Edge in the Festival Bay Mall.
• Learn to water ski at the Orlando Watersports Complex or Buena Vista Watersports.
• Go antiquing on Orange Avenue and in Mount Dora.
• Body surf at Wet 'n Wild Orlando or Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
• See the Bible come to life at WordSpring Discovery Center and The Holy Land Experience.
• Gamble in international waters on Sterling Casino and SunCruz Casino cruise lines.
• Sample some of the nearly 150 wines sold by the ounce through high-tech Enomatic dispensing machines at The Wine Room in Winter Park.
• Play in snow during Christmastime at Celebration.
• Battle comic villains with Spider-Man at Universal Orlando Resort.
• Test new toys at Disney's Once Upon a Toy.
• Be a clown during Cirque du Soleil.
• Dine with characters at your favorite theme park.
• Swim in 72 F (22 C) water year-round at Wekiwa Springs.
• Visit the oldest African-American municipality - Eatonville.
• Shake hands with the most famous mouse in the world: Mickey!
• Shop for surf gear 24 hours a day at Ron Jon's Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.
• See the movies come to life at Universal Studios.
• Watch Magic Kingdom fireworks from California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
• Learn to hula dance at a luau.
• Ride the famous glass-bottom boats at Silver Springs.
• Build an animal, car or anything else at LEGO Imagination Center.
• Feel the "conga beat" at Gloria Estefan's restaurant, Bongos Cuban Café.
• "Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits" at the gospel brunch at House of Blues.
• Drop 13 stories on Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
• Wrap up in seaweed at one of the area spas.
• Go hog wild and rent a Harley-Davidson.
• Dine in Cinderella's castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
• Enjoy fireworks every night.
• Be part of the pit crew at Daytona USA.
• Observe downtown Orlando at night from its rooftop bars - Latitudes & Sky60.
• Become a Shamu "splash victim."
• Ride the largest, fastest, tallest roller coaster in Orlando at SeaWorld Orlando.
• See International Drive upside down from a window at WonderWorks.
• Dine with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
• Go on an African safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
• Relax on a whitesand beach.
• Learn how to draw a cartoon at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
• Keep the beat with the incomparable Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort.
• Touch a stingray at SeaWorld Orlando.
• Hear the tales of great African-American musicians at the Wells' Built Hotel.
• Laugh along with top names at a comedy club.
• Set sail for a lunch or dinner cruise down the St. Johns River on the Rivership Romance.
• "Ooh and aah" during the famous water-ski show at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.
• Get a makeover from a fairy godmother-in-training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Downtown Disney.
• Share the "kitchen sink" at Disney's Beaches & Cream Soda Shop.
• Watch sea turtles hatch on the coast.
• Eat breakfast with Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants at Nickelodeon Family Suites.
• Accelerate to 120 mph (201 km/h) in under two seconds at G Force Drag Racing.
• Make memories to last a lifetime.
And for more information on any of these activities, contact the Official Visitor Center at (407) 363-5872 and speak to an Official Travel Counselor. Or, stop by in person. The Official Visitor Center is conveniently located at 8723 International Drive on the southeast corner of International Drive and Austrian Row.
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