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5th Annual Texas Trade Show Breaks Records, ABAT Announces Merger With HABA

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During the 5th Annual Texas Auto Body Trade Show, ABAT’s main goal was to ensure that every attendee learned something they didn’t know before, and based on the feedback they’ve received, their goal was accomplished. During the 5th Annual Texas Auto Body Trade Show, ABAT’s main goal was to ensure that every attendee learned something they didn’t know before, and based on the feedback they’ve received, their goal was accomplished. Thomas Greco Publishing, Inc.

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We couldn’t have done this without the amazing support of our ABAT members and the exhibitors who took the time to attend both days to network and grow our industry here in Texas.”

 

The 2019 Texas Auto Body Trade Show commenced on Friday, Sept. 20, with a private association roundtable. Early that afternoon, attendees chose from three educational sessions. Danny Gredinberg of the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) presented “Commonly Missed, Included and Not Included Estimating Items,” while 3M’s Shawn Collins discussed “Corrosion Protection: Is Your Shop Prepared for the Post Repair Inspection Era.” Robert McDorman of Auto Claim Specialists taught industry professionals “How to Get Paid for Your Work: Receiving Proper Compensation for Proper Repairs.”

 

On Friday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m., three additional seminars were available, all of which offered a second iteration on Saturday, Sept. 21. Gredinberg and Ron Reichen of Precision Body and Paint collaborated in “Blue Printing: Not Your Grandfather’s Estimate,” Matthew McDonnell from Big Sky Collision Center shared information on “Shop Procedure Implementation,” and Richards partnered with Verifacts Automotive’s Chris Olilla for “Collision Repair Coaching: Giving Technicians What They Need to Do the Right Thing.” Friday’s educational session concluded with a Body Shop Panel.

 

Additional seminars on Saturday included an OEM Panel Discussion moderated by Reichen and Mark Olson of VECO Experts, and Collins’ presentation on “Using Proper Materials and Getting Paid for It.” Sam Valenzuela of National Auto Body Research also informed attendees on how to “Use BillableGenie to Get Paid for More Procedures at Better Rates.”

 

The final educational seminar during the 2019 Texas Auto Body Trade Show was “Life After the Lawsuit: An Hour with Todd Tracy.” Dallas-based attorney Tracy shared takeaways from the $42 million Seebachan litigation, discussed shop liability and the importance of OEM guideline adherence, and much more in a presentation that left attendees motivated and engaged.

 

ABAT is very pleased with the 2019 Texas Auto Body Trade Show and the feedback they’ve received.


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