By Angie Wilson
At the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) closing press conference Saturday, Nov. 4, show officials reported on the success of the education events, highlighted several new activities introduced this year, shared feedback obtained from exhibitors and attendees, and set the stage for next year's event.
Galen Poss, president of Hanley-Wood, the company that manages NACE, said this year's event enjoyed good attendance, and the show was starting to see the benefits of holding an event at the same time and place each year. The general session on Thursday with Troy Aikman, former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and NFL Hall of Famer, was well received by attendees, as was the interview session with Geralynn Kottschade, AAM, NACE 2006 chairman, discussing current industry issues and trends.
"There were 479 companies on the Expo floor this year, and 62,400 net square feet of booth space," said Poss. "Early feedback has been very good, and this may be the strongest education program we've ever put forth."
Recapping the event, Poss also touted the Auto Glass Expo, which included free auto glass sessions and demos, as well as the Auto Glass Technician Olympics.
While final figures are yet to be determined, Poss said attendance at various NACE events was strong. "Attendees are increasingly staying over and showing stronger attendance on Saturday, making it a true three-day show, which is producing a much stronger show," said Poss. "NACE has always been a reflection of the industry and it always will be." Helping collision repair professionals is a goal of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), and we are a reflection of ASA, said Poss.
NACE, sponsored by ASA, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino next year from Oct. 31-Nov. 3.