Saturday, 31 July 2004 17:00

NACE 2004 expands educational conference

When the The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) 2004 Educational Conference opens on November 3 in Las Vegas, it will have two new tracks - Sales & Marketing and Estimating, as well as an increased number of focused sessions for dealers, jobbers and claims professionals. New 45-minute "crash course" sessions in several of these tracks should prove popular with many attendees who don't want to commit several hours to a topic. 

In addition to the new education tracks, there will be Management, Vehicle Repair, General and Lifestyle tracks with more than 50 targeted sessions comprising this year's Conference. There will be many new sessions, speakers and topics, industry association training (including I-CAR), a Claims Process Pavilion, and specific sessions for collision repair and claims professionals that will earn credit from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and CertifiedFirst respectively.

"This will be the collision industry's most comprehensive, cutting-edge educational conference ever," said Dana Bellantone, NACE show director. "Only at NACE will attendees find such a wide array of sessions designed for virtually every segment of the collision repair industry," added Bellantone.

There will also be a special international event - IBIS@NACE - that will focus on the latest issues, trends and developments in the global collision repair industry. These discussions will include the implications of the vehicle technology explosion and accident trends, supply chain pressures, such as parts procurement initiatives, and insurer-ownership of body shops.

Global industry endorsements

Five industry organizations have announced their endorsement of NACE, entitling members of these groups to a discount on the NACE Congress Package registration fee. The endorsers of NACE 2004 are: the Association Internationale Des Reparatuers En Carrosserie (AIRC), the California Autobody Association (CAA), the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF), the California Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA) and the National Auto Body Council (NABC).

Members of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) - the NACE sponsor - will also receive a discount on the NACE Congress registration fee.

"ASA is very pleased with the response to the NACE endorsement program. We couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to work closely with these distinguished groups," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "Providing avenues for other organizations to be recognized and create value for their memberships through this program is gratifying and clearly demonstrates NACE is an event for the entire collision industry."

Endorsing organizations promote NACE to their respective audiences and receive recognition in NACE literature and on www.NACEexpo.com.


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