Thursday, 19 October 2017 15:26

HD Repair Forum Announces Advisory Board for 2017-2018

The HD Repair Forum conference, the exclusive meeting for leadership in the heavy duty collision repair industry, announced its 2017--2018 Advisory Board following a meeting of industry executives, educators and consultants.


This year’s Advisory Board members include:

Chris Sterwerf, Fairfield Auto & Truck Service, CFO/COO

Howard Elsenpeter, Hoglund Body & Equipment, Body Shop Manager

Dean Hancock, Bob Johnson’s Truck & Body, Owner

James Svaasand, Penske, Vice President-Collision Repair Ops & Dev

John Mueller, DCI Fleet, Director

Steve Wolfe, Diversified Body & Paint, President

Jason Shesky, Truck Zone, President

Ed Rietman, K&R Truck Sales, Inc., Owner

Rodney Rowland, Lakeside International Trucks

Mark Polzin, Budget Truck Rental

The 2018 HD Repair Forum conference will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10--11, in Fort Worth, TX, at the Hilton Fort Worth. The HD Repair Forum opens with a general session followed by presentations and panels on business/operational issues, best practices, trends and technical topics. The event includes a reception for attendees and sponsors as well as other high-level networking opportunities. This conference is open to everyone involved in heavy duty collision repair, including shop owners, shop managers, fleet managers, dealer repair shops, insurance providers, and service, equipment, and technology companies.

The HD Repair Forum is the ONLY program exclusive to the heavy duty collision repair industry, and the conference is the only event bringing together all segments of the market at one time, in one place.

The first advisory board meeting focuses on content most relevant to the audience. Topics under review include: OE repair support; industry economics and trends; estimating; LEAN initiatives; weight reduction and the impact on repairs; insurance challenges and opportunities; hybrid and electric vehicles; cycle time; parts sourcing; staffing, tooling and operational best practices; training, retaining and hiring employees; shop and business compliance, and more.

"We heard numerous shop managers and owners request a dedicated source for heavy duty collision repair information," stated Brian Nessen, HD Repair Group. “After visiting shops around North America, conducting research, and gathering data, the HD Collision Repair Forum launched in August with a website and the inaugural issue of a monthly e-newsletter. In addition to the conference in April, there will be training videos and webinars throughout the year. Response from the industry has been tremendous, and we are pleased to provide resources to bring the industry together.”

This is the only event focused on the HD repair market, and the advisory board will make a huge impact in developing vital content relative to the needs of the industry. The conference provides insight for attendees through the sharing of knowledge, experience and information essential to understanding market conditions, growing their business, and preparing for the future.

Registration for the HD Repair Forum conference will open soon at hdrepairforum.com, along with other co-located events taking place during that week in Fort Worth from April 10--11.