AASP/NJ hosted its 2019 NORTHEAST® automotive services show the weekend of March 15--17 at the Meadowland Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
For the second year, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) coordinated the event’s Professional Repairer Education Program (P.R.E.P.). The event was a huge success with an unprecedented number of attendees crowding the registration area and the trade show floor. The caliber of the educational content was impressive, boasting household industry names such as Mike Anderson, Mark Olson and Aaron Clark.
According to AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee, “We are always looking to improve the show. After speaking to as many vendors and attendees as I could during the show, I found that their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The show was so jam-packed from the moment the doors opened until they closed; it never stopped! Watching the show unfold and seeing how successful it has become was a proud moment.”
WMABA Executive Director Jordan Hendler added, “The NORTHEAST trade show and the Collision P.R.E.P. education went amazingly for us at WMABA. The caliber of attendees there was amazing; they were engaged and wanting to improve themselves and their businesses. The questions they asked at the classes show us they are trying to get in front of the changing landscape of this industry. This show is unlike any other, and we are so thrilled to be a part of it and work on the education aspects for the participants. Our goal is to give them the highest-caliber experience possible and have them leave feeling informed and empowered!”
This year’s show commenced on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the NORTHEAST 2019 East Coast Resolution Forum and Leadership Meeting, co-hosted by SCRS and AASP/NJ and moderated by LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger. This three-hour annual roundtable discussion provides an opportunity for industry professionals to share valuable information about their daily challenges and successes.