Monday, 05 August 2013 16:05

NACE's MSO Symposium now open to expansion-minded shop owners

The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) has announced that the 3rd annual MSO Symposium will take place Wednesday, October 16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The date was chosen based on popular vote from past MSO attendees, and exact times for the day-long program will be released soon. NACE is part of Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 17 to 18, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, with education beginning Wednesday, October 16.

Attendance to this highly sought after event will again be limited to qualified collision repair multiple-location operators (MSOs) with two or more locations. However, new this year, the symposium will open 75 seats on a first-come, first-served basis to single collision repair owners interested in expanding their business. Registration is open and the fee to attend is $200 or $250 after August 22. Group-rate registrations are also available for repair organizations with multiple executives who wish to attend.

“While ASRW is a key annual event for all collision repair business owners, operators and repair industry participants, the MSO Symposium is designed to provide a unique array of content specifically for the collision repair multiple location operator segment,” said Vincent Romans, The Romans Group, producer of the MSO Symposium. “Based on ongoing feedback and input, we are busy finalizing an agenda that we believe will be of interest to MSOs,” added Romans.

Content highlights for this year’s symposium will include topics related to leadership, business continuity and succession planning, private equity, MSO panel presentations and discussions on their business, market, financial and strategic focus, and development and insight about international MSOs. Additional details regarding the content will be released in the coming weeks.

Also new this year, a portion of the symposium will be open to the press. Members of the press will also be permitted to attend the evening networking reception at the conclusion of the symposium.

The 2013 MSO Symposium is produced by ASA, The Romans Group and NACE. Sponsors of the symposium to date include Axalta Coating Systems, AudaExplore, BASF, BB&T, CCC Information Services, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Mitchell International, The Romans Group and UniCure Spraybooths.

Details regarding the agenda and speakers for the symposium are forthcoming. Visit e.hanleywood.com/e/15182/ee-Home-KeyEvents-MSOSymposium/57ps8/281231005 for the latest details surrounding the symposium.

A sold-out success in 2011 and 2012, attendance for the 2012 MSO Symposium doubled over 2011. The 2013 MSO Symposium is produced in memory of Matthew Ohrnstein, who produced the event in 2011 and 2012.

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