Tuesday, 07 July 2020 22:32

2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show Canceled

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Irving, TX.

ABAT has been closely monitoring the situation and felt this was the best thing for the organization, its members, speakers and exhibitors.


ABAT is excited to host some smaller regional events in the fall, as well as a few educational meetings, and is already making plans for an exciting show Sept. 17-18, 2021.


“This was a difficult decision to make. We have waited it out until the bitter end holding onto hope that we could make it work. With all factors considered, this is what is best for everyone,” said ABAT President Burl Richards.


ABAT surveyed both attendees and exhibitors to gauge their comfort level with an in-person event.


“The response was split down the middle. Many Texans are ready to venture out with proper precautions taken but with vendors under tight budgets and corporate travel restrictions, a successful show is not possible. We are looking forward to making 2021 our best year yet,” said Jill Tuggle, ABAT executive director.


The first event to take place is a training meeting at 1 p.m. July 22, to discuss critical financial planning in times like this as well as a forecast for ABAT for 2021. The meeting will be held virtually through a platform like Zoom.


Other outdoor events like a skeet shoot and a golf tournament are in the works. For more information, visit abat.us or email Tuggle at jill@abat.us.


Source: ABAT

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