Industry Events (366)
OCT 31/NOV 1 (WED / THURS) LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
LVH Hotel (Formerly the Las Vegas Hilton)
Reservations made through a SEMA housing block:
Wednesday, Oct. 31:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CIC Meeting
12:00 PM Collision Industry Awards Luncheon
6:30 PM CIC Reception**
Thursday, Nov. 1:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CIC Meeting
**Note: Attendance at CIC is required to attend the CIC Reception. Exception is for Gold Pin participants or spouses.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes will be hosting its next A-Plus University Series of Advanced Business Management classes in Dallas, Texas in June and July. This is a collection of best practices and detailed course offerings specifically designed to help collision shop owners, managers, sales and estimating staff professionals increase productivity and profitability. Specific courses and dates include:
• Estimating Solutions for Profit – June 19, 2012
• The Road to Sales Success – June 20, 2012
• Key Performance Indicators – June 21, 2012
• Improving Workshop Efficiency – June 21, 2012
• Achieving Sales Excellence – July 11, 2012
According to Troy Neuerburg, manager of Marketing Business Services at Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, these advanced business management classes are specifically designed for the collision repair industry and should provide a number of practical ideas, reduce internal costs and raise CSI levels. Details on each course include the following:
Estimating Solutions for Profit – June 19, 2012
The course is designed for Shop Owners, Managers, Estimators, and Production Managers to provide participants with the skills, information, and tools necessary to write and negotiate more profitable estimates. The course presentation will use written materials, group discussions, and hands-on exercises to develop skills necessary to be more profitable in today's highly competitive market. The course’s ultimate goal will be to maximize profitability by writing more complete estimates and effectively negotiating an agreed price for the repair.
The Road to Sales Success – June 20, 2012
The course is open to anyone wishing to improve their customer handling skills, but will be especially suited to estimators or office managers. Designed to improve the effectiveness of sales techniques during the estimating process, it will utilize proven sales techniques especially tailored to the collision repair industry. The course presentation will use written materials, group discussions, exercises and role playing to develop skills necessary to succeed in today's highly competitive market. The ultimate goal of the course will be to maximize profitability by increasing sales potential.
Key Performance Indicators – June 21, 2012
The course is designed for shop owners and office managers to help collision repair facilities discover ways to measure their performance and use those measurements to focus their efforts to improve their business results. While the course is structured to focus on paint shop issues, its concepts can be used successfully in other areas of most any collision repair facility.
Improving Workshop Efficiency – June 21, 2012
This workshop has been developed especially for collision facility owners and managers who are interested in leveraging the power of lean production as well as business solutions that help reduce environmental waste. Built by collision industry experts, this course will show the origins of lean production, how to run the workshop more efficiently, raise output quality while lowering operating costs and capture increased market share through continuous improvement.
Achieving Service Excellence – July 11, 2012
This workshop has been developed especially for collision facility owners, production managers, customer service representatives and estimators. It will provide the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to improve their collision center's quality, production and output…all by focusing on the right types of customer service. This includes becoming more profitable with a customer-focused strategy, establishing a proven method for providing customer value, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of customer service staff.
I-CAR recently announced the line-up of panelists who will speak during the general session of the 2012 I-CAR Industry Event, which is based on the theme “Driving Excellence.”
I-CAR said this year’s panelists will focus discussions on industry excellence. Speakers will discuss how to achieve industry-wide and business-specific excellence in repair methods, business performance and professionalism.
The panel discussion—which will be moderated by Vincent Romans, founding partner of the Romans Group—will include the following seven panelists who represent several segments of the collision repair industry:
• Tim O’Day, president and chief operating officer of Gerber Collision & Glass
• Will Johnston, co-owner and chief operating officer of AutoBody America
• Geralynn Kottschade, owner of Jerry's Body Shop
• James Roach, senior vice president of the Parts and Service Division for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
• Darren Huggins, national collision director of Van Tuyl Auto Group
• Susanna Gotsch, director industry analyst for CCC Information Services Inc.
• George Avery, auto claim consultant—P&C Claims for State Farm Insurance
The 2012 I-CAR Industry Event will be held July 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio, in conjunction with the next Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting. I-CAR said early bird registration for reduced pricing is available through May 31.
Housing is open for attendees and exhibitors planning to participate in NACE-CARS (ASRW) 2012. Comprised of the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.
Housing reservations are made through ASRW Housing, powered by Travel Planners, which is the only official housing provider for ASRW. Show management has contracted with a variety of New Orleans properties to provide discounted hotel rooms for attendees and exhibitors within close proximity to the convention center and other points of interest in the city.
"As a city, New Orleans is a huge draw, and we're highly encouraging all participants to book their rooms early to ensure availability," said Lindsay Roberts, ASRW show director. "Because we're able to offer no-obligation hotel reservations, rooms are already starting to fill up quickly."
ASRW will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center to official housing properties not located within walking distance.
Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), comprised of the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), has been named to the 2011 Trade Show News Network's (TSNN) U.S. Top 250 Trade Shows list. The list represents the top 250 trade shows held last year ranked by net square footage in the U.S.
ASRW 2010, held in Las Vegas, was also recognized on the inaugural TSNN Top 250 list last year. NACE was previously recognized in 2004 on Tradeshow Week's Fastest 50 list of the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S., and appeared on the magazine's Top 200 list each year through 2010.
"Continually being recognized on such a prestigious list is not only a great accomplishment, but a great reminder of what a large, relevant event ASRW continues to be," said Lindsay Roberts, ASRW show director. "We're thrilled to be included again this year."
Hanley Wood Exhibitions, which produces ASRW for the Automotive Service Association (ASA), ranked fourth among leading show management organizations of TSNN 250 shows with six shows included on the list.
The 2012 ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.
Painters Supply & Equipment Company (PSE) will be showcasing its new state-of-the art Learning Center as it hosts I-CAR® spokesperson and Past I-CAR Chair, Mr. Chuck Sulkala, in a “Collision Industry Update Forum”.
The Forum will feature a presentation by Chuck that is designed to introduce the “New I-CAR” to collision repair owners and managers in the PSE service area. Chuck plans to review the history of I-CAR, the new I-CAR Professional Development Program™, “Test Out” options and answer any questions related to I-CAR and I-CAR training strategy.
“Technical training is a vital component in the success of today’s collision repair facility” says PSE VP Sales & Marketing Guy Bargnes. “In addition to working with I-CAR to bring training programs to our market, the opportunity to have an I-CAR spokesperson speak directly to shop owners and managers' regarding strategic training issues is a huge value that we are proud to facilitate. It is a primary reason why we established our Learning Center.”
The Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA) will be holding an association meeting on May 10, 2011 at McCall's Restaurant in Canton, Ohio. Dinner orders will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the restaurant and the meeting will start around 7:30 p.m. in the banquet room.
CARA is affiliated with the Automotive Education and Policy Institute; US Alliance of Collision Professionals; The Society of Collision Repair Specialists; and the Coalition for Collision Repair Excellence.
The purpose of CARA is to promote consumers' awareness of their individual rights when dealing with insurance companies and automotive repair shops, and to promote common business interest of individuals and corporations engaged in the auto body repair industry as well as foster education of both private and industry members.
On May 4, Allstate Insurance Company and Sterling Autobody Centers will put cars and tools in the hands of Las Vegas vocational students so they can use their skills to make a difference for local families. Sterling, through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, will donate more than $10,000 in tools to Southeast Career Technical Academy and the College of Southern Nevada. Along with the tools, Allstate will donate a salvage vehicle to each school for students to repair to "like new" condition. Once the rides are refurbished, the vehicles will be donated to Las Vegas families in need.
The donation to the schools will take place on Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m., at Sterling Autobody Centers, 3343 North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas.
"Sterling's donation of tools and equipment is an investment in the future of the students at Southeast Career Technical Academy and the College of Southern Nevada," said Nick Notte, president of Sterling Autobody Centers. "Supporting their technical training and seeing them use their skills to provide the gift of transportation to two deserving families is very rewarding."
Notte added, "This is an opportunity to highlight the Collision Repair Education Foundation and the National Auto Body Council (NABC), organizations that both Allstate and Sterling support. Our partnership with Family Promise helps us with that giving. Sterling hopes to employ many of the students who will benefit from our gift."
The two Las Vegas vehicles are part of Allstate's commitment to donate a total of 60 refurbished automobiles to the NABC Recycled Rides Program. Sterling Autobody locations around the country will be refurbishing more than 30 cars. The recycled rides will then be given to families or non-profit organizations at multiple events later this year.
"Our participation in the Recycled Rides Program is an extension of Allstate's commitment to serve the communities in which we do business," said Bill Daly, Allstate Claims vice president. "It is an honor for us to be able to provide reliable transportation and help families across the country get to their jobs, doctor's appointments or other places they couldn't go without a ride."
Terry Lindemann, Executive Director of Family Promise and champion of the Recycled Rides Program will be on hand for the presentation, along with the recipient families.
The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) says it will be one of the sponsors of the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS), scheduled for May 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain. NACE, the flagship event of Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), is co-located with the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) and is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
IBIS, founded in 2001 by Bodyshop Magazine, has become firmly established as a leading global conference for collision industry leaders, thinkers and influencers and annually attracts approximately 300 of the collision industry's executives, who gather to identify and address the challenges currently facing the industry. The theme for IBIS 2011 - 20/20 Vision, encapsulates the symposium's purpose of providing informed insights into the issues that will be driving the market between now and the end of the decade.
"NACE and IBIS share many common goals of uniting the collision industry, which makes this new partnership a logical next step in the evolution of both events," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "We value the key international audience and opportunities an event like IBIS provides, and ASRW is pleased to be included as an official partner among an elite group of the collision industry."
As a sponsor, NACE receives international visibility and marketing exposure among IBIS attendees, publishing partners and other sponsors. Additionally, NACE plans to hold a press conference on-site at the event.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes will hold its next A-Plus University ‘Winning the Keys' Estimating and Profitability Workshop in New Orleans on October 26 and 27, 2010 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel. To meet the challenges collision repair facilities face in today's economic climate, Sherwin-Williams designed its ‘Winning the Keys' workshop to specifically increase business at the front end of the body shop. It focuses on three critical profit areas of importance to a successful collision facility: customer service, selling skills and estimating.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes will hold its next A-Plus University ‘Winning the Keys' Estimating and Profitability Workshop in New Orleans on October 26 and 27, 2010 at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel.
To meet the challenges collision repair facilities face in today's economic climate, Sherwin-Williams designed its ‘Winning the Keys' workshop to specifically increase business at the front end of the body shop. It focuses on three critical profit areas of importance to a successful collision facility: customer service, selling skills and estimating.
I-CAR will host the 2010 I-CAR Industry Conference at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. The event will be held on July 21 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
This year’s event will coincide with several other industry meetings being held during the same week. I-CAR will introduce details of the new curriculum model that has been developed over the last two years based on inter-industry feedback. I-CAR has focused on clearly defining industry roles, identifying the knowledge and skills needed to be effective in each role, and developing a training and recognition structure that aligns with the direction of the industry.