Wednesday, 22 September 2021 18:28

And They’re Off---NORTHEAST 2021 is First Out of the Gate


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On Sept. 10-12, the NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show continued its leading-edge reputation by being the first event of its kind to return to a live setting.

Hosted by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ, NORTHEAST 2021 provided automotive and collision repair professionals with an opportunity to re-educate with leading trainers and re-engage with industry peers in a relaxed setting.


“Starting anew after COVID-19 was groundbreaking, but NORTHEAST provided an ideal opportunity to get together in one place yet again,” AASP/NJ Past President Jeff McDowell said. “We all had a great time being back in person---reconnecting with old friends and gathering with the suppliers who take care of us all year---and exhibitors enjoyed connecting with quality customers in person once again.”


Many exhibitors agree with McDowell’s assessment.


“The NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show presents an opportunity to engage in very open conversations about our industry with key players,” BASF Business Development Manager John Shoemaker observed. “The quality of attendees at this year’s event was above the scale expected; it was apparent that attendees were truly interested in being here by the way they asked the right questions to get the answers necessary to help advance their businesses.”


Simone Mazzon, sales manager at USI of North America, noted, “It feels good to move forward with being back and meeting customers in person again. It’s wonderful to leave the virtual world and return to the real one! NORTHEAST is the first show to return, and it’s building momentum for the rest that will follow, like the Texas Auto Body Trade Show this week, SEMA in November and hopefully more in 2022.”


Reliable Automotive Equipment President Dave Gruskos added, “It was exciting to have our team together at NORTHEAST. Reliable decided to be among the exhibitors on the forefront of returning to live events because we are truly passionate about being leaders in the collision repair industry. It felt very exciting to return to a live event and get to see the industry in person again. As always, it was managed second to none, and we had a great time.”


“AASP/NJ has always been an industry leader, and we’re very proud to be the first to come back with a show of this kind after 18 months of doing everything virtually,” said Thomas Greco, AASP/NJ secretary and president of NORTHEAST event managers Thomas Greco Publishing. “We felt it was time to...

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