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  Special Feature

Welcome to ASRW! We're Glad You're Here!

New East Coast location creates buzz, excitement for this year's show.

Posted 10/3/2011

Meet the NACE Chairman: Ron Nagy, AAM

Ron Nagy
Ron Nagy

Ron Nagy, an active member of the collision repair industry, is a second-generation owner/technician whose industry experience began in 1982 when he went to work in his father's shop after high school. He and his brother/ business partner, Dan, purchased the shop from their father in 1995 and today Nagy's Collision Centers celebrates 38 years of business in six locations throughout northeast Ohio. Recognized for excellence, Nagy's Collision Centers were the recipients of the 2008 Wooster Small Business Award and the 2010 Fox 8 Best Body Shop Award.

Ron Nagy, who serves as president over the I-CAR certified gold multi-location shop, holds an I-CAR platinum designation, is certified as a master ASE collision technician and holds the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI).

Meet the CARS Chairman: Mitch Schneider

Mitch Schneider
Mitch Schneider

Mitch Schneider is a fourth-generation mechanic/technician recognized as a champion of service dealer and technician causes. For more than 30 years, he has operated Schneider's Automotive, a successful six-bay, family-owned and operated service facility in Simi Valley, Calif. Schneider's Automotive has won recognition throughout the area, including being twice ranked among Los Angeles magazine's annual list of 100 best repair facilities. As a frequent speaker and keynoter at major conventions and meetings of automotive organizations, Schneider addresses the challenges and problems affecting the automotive service industry.

Timely Topics Planned for Industry Forum

Oct. 5 - 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Panel members (from left) Delphi training instructor David Hobbs; GM/ACDelco e-business analyst Bob Stewart; ASA Mechanical Division director Bill Moss, AAM; Carquest Techinical Institute director Chris Chesney; Autozone national accounts manager Mike Coccio; and Betty Jo Young, AAM of Young’s Automotive Center, listen as Mitch Schneider addresses the audience during the 2010 ASRW Industry Forum.

Timely topics for both mechanical industry and collision repair professionals are planned for the second annual Industry Forum. The forum and reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will conclude with an hour-long reception mixer.

The forum will include two concurrent one-hour sessions: "Service Information-Vital to Keeping Cars in Your Bay" for the mechanical industry and "Trends in Collision Repair: A Futurist Discussion" for collision repair professionals, followed by a 30-minute networking break. Two additional concurrent sessions will follow: "The Future of Training Automotive Technicians" for the mechanical industry and "The Changing Climate of Insurance Agreements" for collision repairers. The reception will be held after the sessions.

Tickets for the ASRW Industry Forum are included in the purchase of a Super Pass. Toyota Wholesale Parts is sponsoring the reception.

ASRW Features New Multi-shop Symposium

Oct. 6 - All Day

A new, annual event specifically for multiple shop operators (MSOs) called the MSO Symposium will make its debut at Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) 2011. The MSO Symposium will take place Thursday, Oct. 6, featuring an all-day program consisting of education and networking specific to MSOs and is sponsored by CCC Information Services, Toyota Wholesale Parts and DuPont Performance Coatings. For more about MSOs, click here for the collision feature, "Multi-shop and Insurer Relationships: What You Need to Know for Smooth Sailing."

The MSO Symposium will kick off with a networking breakfast, followed by a full day of relevant programming, and will conclude with a networking reception. Session titles, exact content and speakers for the program will be announced in the near future. You must be registered in order to attend.

Meet ASRW Keynote Speaker Chris Brogan

Oct. 6 - 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan

Noted author and journalist Chris Brogan will headline the opening General Session at ASRW 2011 on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. Brogan's keynote presentation will focus on small business solutions, sales, lead generation and specific strategies - all as they relate to the use and implementation of social media.

Brogan's blog,, is in the Top 5 of the Advertising Age Power150. He has more than 11 years of experience in online community, social media and related technologies.

DuPont Performance Coatings is a sponsor of this year's opening session.

Tickets for the opening General Session are included in the purchase of a Super Pass or may be purchased on-site registration.

ASA: Giving You Even More Reasons to Smile!

Gather your friends and colleagues and come by the ASA booth (N749) to get your picture taken! Walk away with a free 5- by 7-inch souvenir print! (And if you join ASA at the show as a new member in the repair shop category of membership, you can take advantage of ASA's show special - 15 months of membership for the price of 12!) ASA - you keep them going; we keep you going!

Cuba Libre Hosts ASRW Welcome Reception

Oct. 6 - 4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Attendees enjoy the great networking opportunities and excitement of the 2010 Welcome Reception.

Don't miss the Welcome Reception on Thursday, Oct. 6. It will be held at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Cuba Libre is at 9101 International Drive in Orlando, in close proximity to the Orange Convention Center. The open-air setting, tropical ambience, vintage décor and upbeat Latin music make Cuba Libre a must-see, must-experience destination.

Sponsored by CCC Information Services, the reception will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beverages and lively music. Tickets for the event are included in the Super Pass registration package or can be purchased at the on-site registration desk.

Need to Meet?

CCC offers free private meeting rooms

Oct. 5-8 - 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

To allow attendees to conduct business in a more private and comfortable setting, free meeting rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

ASRW and CCC Information Services Inc. are pleased to announce the availability of free private meeting rooms to any ASRW 2011 participant (either attendee or exhibitor) who requests one. CCC is a leading provider of software and information services to the auto claims industry.

The complimentary meeting rooms will be located immediately outside the ASRW Expo show floor in an area named "The NACE Network - the ONE place to meet." The area will consist of 11 small-to-large private rooms, each equipped with comfortable furnishings, wireless Internet, and a plasma flatscreen or screen projector equipped with a laptop connection.

"We know a lot of meetings take place during ASRW, both on and off the show floor. To better accommodate all of the business that's going on this week, CCC Information Services is helping us create this unique new area where everyone can feel comfortable to meet," said ASA President Ron Pyle. "It's close to the show floor, but not on the show floor. It's easy. It's free. We anticipate it to be a bustling area in the lobby during the show and encourage any and all participants of ASRW to take advantage of it."

The NACE Network will be available Oct 5-8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis by completing a form that can be found on the NACE or CARS websites at Each room can be reserved for up to 90 minutes.

Additional sponsorship of the NACE Network is provided by Panasonic Solutions Company.

ASRW Partners with Muscle Car Network of Florida

Oct. 6-8 - All Day

Stop by and see the great assembly of vehicles on display through the Muscle Car Network. Approximately 80 vehicles can be found on the show floor at ASRW. The display includes rare, exotic and hot rod vehicles, which belong to members of the network. Additionally, the Muscle Car Network plans to make a donation to a local automotive charity Saturday, Oct. 8, to further education and training for the next generation of automotive service and repair professionals.

"This is a win-win for everyone involved. We're excited for the opportunity to show off our 'pride and joy' to the industry professionals who attend ASRW," says J.R. Goodman, Muscle Car Network executive director. "Our group loves giving back to our community and we're especially pleased to contribute back to our local community, as well as to the education of future automotive professionals."

CARQUEST Technical Institute Powers
Technical Training at ASRW 2011

There are nine technical training sessions within the ASRW Conference Program and they will be powered by CARQUEST Technical Institute (CTI).

"CTI is excited to partner with ASRW with an unprecedented sample of the quality training we offer in North America," said Chris Chesney, director of training for CARQUEST. "In addition to providing the majority of technical training at ASRW, CTI will be holding its annual Instructor Summit at the same time, allowing ASRW attendees to see 10 of the top industry technician instructors in action at one event."

The conference sessions powered by CARQUEST Technical Institute that will be offered at ASRW|NACE|CARS 2011 are Hybrid Technology, Variable Valve Timing System Diagnosis, TPMS Update, Essential Electronics, Gas Direct Injection, Immobilizer Service Opportunities, Hybrid Vehicle Service, Fluid Technology, Developing a Diagnostic Game Plan.

"The CARQUEST Technical Institute offering at ASRW is an incredible value for CARS attendees. CTI staff does an outstanding job of developing practical and useful information that is delivered by the best instructors in the industry," said Bill Haas, ASA vice president of education and training. "And their course materials are a resource attendees will benefit from long after the training session ends."

Don't Miss Town Hall!

Oct. 8 - 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Don't miss this year's Town Hall, which will address the topic, "How Will Healthcare Reform Affect My Business?" You will be able to text in your questions for the Town Hall.


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