On April 30--May 3, the Auto Body Parts Association (ABPA) hosted its 2019 Convention at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
According to Edward T. Salamy, executive director of ABPA, “The event went extremely well and exceeded our expectations. Attendance was at an all-time high.”
“The annual ABPA convention is a gathering of aftermarket collision-part distributors, manufacturers, insurers and other industry partners,” Salamy said. “Several topics were discussed by our speakers including legislative updates, customers/ITC issues, insurance trends, ADAS technology, tariffs and general industry updates.”
In addition to a plethora of educational opportunities, the annual convention included a golf tournament, networking opportunities and plenty of fun for all attendees.
“The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive,” Salamy added. “On our post-convention survey, we ask if they felt the ABPA meeting was a valuable experience, and all respondents thus far have answered ‘yes’.”
ABPA’s 2019 Convention began on April 30 with a welcoming reception. The golf tournament took place on April 31 at the Jacaranda Golf Course in nearby Plantation, FL. Before dinner, the ABPA proudly partnered with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to participate in the Recycled Rides program for the third year. “Once again, the event did not disappoint,” Salamy said. “A disabled veteran was the recipient of this year’s vehicle—a 2017 Volkswagen Passat Sport.”
Sessions on April 1 concluded with cocktails followed by the tradeshow dinner.
A panel full of leaders held educational breakout sessions on Thursday, April 2. Presentations were made by the following: Ray Colas of LQK, Peter Quinter from GrayRobinson, Hartford Insurance’s Greg Horn and Bill Langley of CCC. During the awards lunch, the association honored three recipients with industry awards: Intertek, Clark Plucinski of CREF and Mike Chiu of National Auto Body Parts. The President’s Award was presented to Jeff Chen of TYG. The Chairman’s Award went to New World’s Joseph Tsai.
After lunch, breakout sessions were hosted by Intertek, NSF, PartsTrader and CCC. Attendees concluded the evening with networking at the event’s cocktail and dinner event.