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Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:26

KABA Scores Huge Success With First Trade Show

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 Mike Anderson delivered a State of the Industry address on Friday, April 26. Mike Anderson delivered a State of the Industry address on Friday, April 26. Chasidy Rae Sisk

On April 26-27, the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) hosted its first trade show at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, KS.


“We feel like our first ever KABA trade show was a huge success, said Clay Hoberecht, KABA board member. The vendors were interactive with members and felt as though they received plenty of value for participating. Overall, it was a positive experience.”


Hoberecht said KABA’s goal is to put on relevant events for members, so that body shop owners can better understand their business as well as their customers. Local body shops need to see the benefits of joining the movement.


The event began on the evening of April 26 with a mixer, sponsored by Mitchell, followed by a State of the Industry address delivered by Mike Anderson of Collision Advice. Anderson provided an all-day training session on Saturday, April 27.


“Mike Anderson was absolutely amazing in discussing the current state of the industry and how we can prepare for the immediate future,” Hoberecht said.


The trade show also included a vendor expo that was open during all educational sessions. Hoberecht said he appreciates the vendors and all they do to add value to each and every member.


“According to all the feedback we received, we exceeded our own expectations,” Hoberecht said. “Our board members worked hard to put on the best trade show we could; and, now that we have the first one wrapped up, we are excited to improve upon our upcoming events.”


For more information about KABA and its future events, visit