The day after the event ended, Richards received an email from an attendee who admitted that he learned unexpected amounts of information about proper vehicle repair and intends to completely reevaluate the way his shop does business. Richards excitedly stated, “That’s the message we’re trying to spread! Get certified, obtain the training, invest in the equipment – do the right thing for your customers!”
Richards hopes to see the show continue to grow, and ABAT is eager to uncover ways to get more shops involved. Richards stressed, “We should have thousands of shops coming to the trade show, not hundreds. We know that if we can get a shop or its management team to come out and attend the educational piece, they can’t help but change how they do business on some level, and it will definitely benefit them. It’s a great event, and our number one goal for next year will be exploring ways to motivate more shops to come check out next year’s show.”
This was the first year that ABAT’s Texas Auto Body Trade Show was overseen by Thomas Greco Publishing, Inc. whom the association partnered with earlier this year to produce Texas Automotive magazine. The education schedule was managed by Janet Chaney of Cave Creek Business Development.
ABAT’s next major event, a Gala, will be held on the evening of Nov. 16 in San Antonio. The association’s Board of Directors will meet before the Gala to work on next year’s agenda. For more information about ABAT and its future events, visit abat.us.