Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

New Ed Sessions Spotlight NACE

The first-ever Women’s Professional Development (WPD) Track will debut at the 25th annual International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). This specialized track will feature four brand-new sessions to further develop the skills and careers of women who are directly or indirectly involved in the collision repair and automotive service industries. 

    The sessions have been reviewed and approved by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and earn participants credits toward the Institute’s Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.

    The courses include: “How to Communicate Like a Pro,” focusing on the development of powerful spoken and written communication skills; “A Brand-New You … Assertiveness Skills that Lead to Success,” designed to develop women into strong, gutsy decision-makers and risk-takers; “Developing Your Own Road Map,” focusing on self-improvement and achieving goals; and “Overcoming Obstacles,” featuring stress management techniques and empowerment skills.

    “This new Women’s Professional Development Track will provide education and training for women who are directly involved in the business as owners, managers, partners and service advisers – as well as women who have their own careers and interests outside of the business,” said Toni Slaton, AAM, executive director of AMI. “As a woman in the industry, it’s very exciting to launch a relevant program that will help women further develop the business skills necessary to be even more successful."

    Along with the new WPD track, the conference program includes tracks for Auto Glass, Estimating, Jobber, Management, Vehicle Repair and General. Sessions are offered in 90-minute timeslots. Out of the 57 sessions, 39 are brand new to the NACE line-up, with 6 being accredited by AMI.

More new programs

    Additionally, I-CAR will present nine expanded technical training sessions, three of which are brand new. PCI will again offer an updated version of their annual session, Insurance and Auto Repair: Issues 2008, for the independent insurer and repairer.

    There are also six free Early Bird Roundtables encouraging discussion on such compelling issues as Industry Trends – Today & Beyond; Women in the Industry; Third Party Audits; and Parts Procurement, along with a free auto glass session on how to educate auto glass technicians.

    To complement the conference sessions, NACE will offer a variety of key events including Wednesday evening’s Wel-come Reception – Mix/Mingle/ Network! (sponsored by CCC Information Services Inc.), Thursday’s Opening General Session – featuring Chris Gardner as keynote speaker (sponsored by DuPont Performance Coatings), and Friday Morning’s Panel Talk – De-Mystifying “Lean” (sponsored by Akzo Nobel).



Partnering with industry groups

Another innovation at this year’s NACE is a new Partnering Program with 15 industry groups agreeing to promote NACE and its many benefits to their members and supporters. These groups are encouraged to use NACE as a tool to host meetings with their members in an international venue, expose them to the educational offerings available and the new technologies/ products/services available in the marketplace – displayed in the world-class Exposition.

    Partnering with NACE are Automotive Service Association (ASA) groups from Arizona, Baton Rouge, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri/Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Washington. Further participants include: California Autobody Association (CAA), Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF); National Auto Body Council (NABC); National Automotive Dealers Association – Retirement Plan Administrators (NADART), Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS); and the newly-formed Women’s Industry Network (WIN)

    “The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Board of Directors is excited to be a part of the NACE 2007 Partnering Program. Over the past several years, SCRS and ASA have continued to strengthen our relationship in an ongoing effort to improve the collision repair industry. These efforts have proven to be successful and this is yet another logical step,” expressed Dan Risley, SCRS Executive Director.

    “The new Partnering Program will foster more involvement from these industry groups, resulting in the chance to more actively involve their members – specifically those who may not have attended in a while, if ever. Moving forward we want to attract new attendees to our event and in doing so, our partners can strengthen their members’ participation in their organizations and NACE,” said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. “Not to mention the fact that having the opportunity to work with these distinguished groups toward a common goal is very valuable to NACE and the industry as a whole.”

    Register and book housing online at www.NACEexpo.com . NACE 2007 will be held October 31-November 3, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The event will again be held during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), taking place that same week in Las Vegas.


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