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Friday, 08 April 2022 08:19

Inaugural Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show a Big Success

The exhibit floor at the Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show and Conference. The exhibit floor at the Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show and Conference. Mark Claypool

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The inaugural Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show and Conference, held April 1-2 in Overland Park, KS, was a big success.

The auto body associations of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota joined forces to create and host the event at the Overland Park Convention Center. The anticipated number of participants was met and surpassed, booth space was sold out and the available sponsorships were also fully sold.

 

“The actual attendance was nearly triple what we had set as our goal for an inaugural event,” said Gina Cotton, co-coordinator of the event and executive director of the Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas associations. “We were thrilled with the turnout, and the feedback we received from the exhibitors as very good as well. We sincerely thank all involved, including our event sponsors.”

 

“I was impressed with this entire show,” said exhibitor Tom Day, treasurer of Key Choice Collision Centers. “There were many quality vendors and attendees. Attendees were looking for industry information and this show really delivered. We are already looking forward to next year.”

 

“The education sessions were a big hit too,” said Janet Chaney, co-coordinator of the event and executive director of the Iowa Collision Repair Association. “Each classroom session was nearly full and additional chairs had to be brought in for a few of the sessions. The presenters worked hard to create workshops of value and the participants reported great satisfaction with the material presented.”

 

Mike Anderson, founder of Collision Advice, was the keynote speaker over lunch April 2. In his State of the Industry address, Anderson told the 300 people in attendance his theme for 2022 is “Grow Your Team, Grow Your Business and Change The Way You Compete."

 

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