Monday, 02 March 2020 14:08

ABPA’s 40th Annual Meeting and Convention to Provide Networking Opportunities with Major Players in the Industry

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The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is excited to offer a plethora of educational opportunities at its 40th Annual Meeting and Convention, April 28 through May 1, at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, CA. 

“The ABPA Convention is the place to be to meet and network with the major players in our industry,” said ABPA Executive Director Ed Salamy
Attendees will include parts distributors, manufacturers, vendors and electronic information providers, as well as representatives from most major insurers. 
“This is an event not to be missed!” Salamy said.
The event will kick off the evening of April 28 with a welcome reception. 
On April 29, the Annual ABPA Golf Event will be held at Strawberry Farms Golf Course, and the evening will feature a cocktail reception, reception dinner and the opening of the trade show. 
The educational session will begin on April 30 with opening comments by ABPA Chairman Chris Northup, followed by Salamy’s state of the association address. 
The keynote presentation, “Counterfeit Goods and the Effect on the Global Supply Chain,” will be delivered by Rosemary Coates from Blue Silk Consulting and Nexio PC’s Imran Vakil

LKQ’s Ray Colas will provide an update on legislative and regulatory issues, and then “Your Car, Your Data. An Update on Auto Care’s Vehicle Data Initiative” will be presented by keynote speaker Paul Fiore of the Auto Care Association
ABPA Vice President Joseph Tsai will offer an introduction to board candidates, before ABPA’s awards lunch. 
In addition to educational breakout sessions, the afternoon of April 30 will include presentations by CAPA/Intertek, the American Center for Mobility, Partslink and APU Solutions
That evening’s festivities will begin with a NABC vehicle giveaway, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner. 
On May 1, registered attendees will head to the Port of Long Beach for an optional tour.
“The ABPA is proud to offer this free event for our attendees,” Salamy said of the tour.
During the 90-minute narrated excursion, attendees will get close to operations at the second-busiest port in the U.S., seeing towering cranes, the most advanced and green terminal in the world, new infrastructure projects such as the Gerald Desmond Bridge Port and possibly even a glimpse of local marine life. 
They will also learn about the variety of groundbreaking green programs the port has implemented to reduce the environmental impact of operations.
Two attendance package options are available for attendees, and sponsorship opportunities are still open for industry vendors. 
For more information about ABPA or the conference, visit autobpa.com/.