This year’s ASRW Industry Forums was an outstanding success for both collision repair and mechanical industry professionals in attendance. The forums took place Wednesday, October 5th during the fourth annual Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) and were immediately followed by a networking reception sponsored by Toyota Wholesale Parts at the Orange County Convention Center in Las Vegas. The forum and reception concluded the first day of education at ASRW 2011, featuring the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) events. Designed as a vehicle to discuss relevant, thought-provoking topics, the forums were filled with shop owners, managers and technicians. Moderator of the Collision Forums and Collision Hub Founder Kristen Felder said, “I was impressed to see the diversity of shop owners and employees coming together to discuss about their business in a friendly and appreciative matter.” Forum sponsors included the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the Women’s Industry Network (WIN), the National Auto Body Council (NABC), the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and the I-CAR Collision Repair Education Foundation. ASA president Ron Pyle said, “We really took the time to look forward and see what’s on the horizon of everyone’s needs in the industry. These are the topics that are affecting the industry right now and in to the years to come.” All-in-all, the ASRW Industry Forums ran with two concurrent panel sessions each for both the mechanical and collision repair segments of professionals. Mechanical topics included service information and training future automotive technicians; collision topics included future industry trends and the changing climate of insurance agreements.
About the Events ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), which makes it the industry’s leading event for dedicated professionals to conduct business, network and engage in industry issues. The Tradeshow News Network (TSNN) recognized ASRW as a 2010 Top 250 U.S. trade show. NACE – the world’s collision repair event – represents the only B2B event of its kind specifically designed for collision repair industry professionals from around the globe. NACE features a comprehensive educational Conference and Exposition with hundreds of diverse exhibiting companies displaying the latest equipment, products, services and technology available to today’s collision repair industry. CARS – the premier event for automotive service professionals – features a high-quality education lineup led by industry leaders, along with an exhibitor showcase of automotive service and repair related equipment, products and services.
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