AASP/NJ on July 20 shared preliminary details for its virtual 2020 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, scheduled for Aug. 21-23.
Originally scheduled for March 20-22, this year’s event was postponed until August. But when the association decided in June to cancel the in-person trade show altogether, it announced it would host a free virtual event instead.
"We are really excited about the virtual show," AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee said. "With the cancellation of the in-person show this year, we looked for a new way to get our exhibitors in direct contact with our attendees so that 2020 wouldn't be a lost year. It obviously won't be the same as face-to-face, but we are thrilled to provide an effective alternative at no additional cost to our attendees or exhibitors."
Using a dedicated link on the event website, registered attendees will enter their email address and be able to visit exhibitors’ virtual “booths” online, where they can view product information and videos and schedule virtual meetings with vendors.
The show hours will mirror the original schedule: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.
Exhibitors have already begun populating their booths.
Ensuring that NORTHEAST attendees enjoy something akin to the educational experience they’ve come to expect from the largest regional automotive show of its kind, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) has again collaborated to host live Collision P.R.E.P. training opportunities online. The live format provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with presenters and ask questions in real time.
The training sessions will begin Aug. 6 and continue throughout the rest of the calendar year, with five presentations confirmed so far. All currently scheduled courses will take place at 1 p.m. ET on the designated date.
Mark Olson of VECO Experts will kick off the 2020 Collision P.R.E.P. schedule with “Documenting for Repair Process and Liability, and Building a Bulletproof File” on Aug. 6.
On Aug. 27, BASF’s John Shoemaker will present “Positioning Your Business for Sustainability Among Constant Change,” and on Sept. 30, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice will team up with DEG’s Danny Gredinberg to discuss “Utilizing the Vehicle Owner’s Manual to Educate Consumers and Insurers.”