Industry leaders to convene during ASRW in October

Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) announced the following industry meetings will take place during ASRW: the ASA Affiliate Executive Director Leadership Forum and the 3rd Annual MSO Symposium. ASRW will take place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 to 18, with education beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

ASA Affiliate Executive Director Leadership Forum

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) will be hosting the Affiliate Executive Director Leadership Forum Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for affiliate executive directors, affiliate liaisons, affiliate board members and the ASA Board of Directors. This meeting provides an opportunity for the affiliate staff and board members to share best practices and concerns, as well as strategically plan for the coming year. A new affiliate executive director chairperson will also be elected during this time, who will speak on behalf of the group during a two-year term.

"As affiliate leaders, it is our job to create the vision for our affiliates. We will work together to help focus on setting goals and strategizing steps for success for the health of the automotive service industry, our association, and our affiliates, but most importantly, our members," said Ray Fisher, AAM, ASA-Michigan president.

3rd Annual MSO Symposium

The 2013 MSO Symposium will again take place in conjunction with ASRW, and will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Registration for the symposium will open in June. To date, the MSO Symposium is sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems, BASF, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Mitchell and UniCure Spraybooths. Details regarding the exact program content and schedule will be released in the near future.

"The MSO Symposium has quickly become a very important event for the collision repair industry. Holding it in conjunction with NACE, where everyone attending is part of and committed to our industry, makes it convenient, valuable and efficient for shop owners, and we're looking forward to attending again this year," said Tim O'Day, president and COO, Gerber Collision & Glass.

"We've been inundated with interest from industry groups, new and returning, requesting to be a part of ASRW this year, and these functions represent just the first of many that will be taking place in conjunction with ASRW. We'll be announcing others in the coming weeks," said Dan Risley, ASA interim executive director.

About the Events

ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), making it the industry's leading event for dedicated professionals to conduct business, network and engage in industry issues. The Tradeshow News Network (TSNN) has recognized ASRW 2011 and 2012 as a 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.

ASRW is produced for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) by Hanley Wood Exhibitions, a division of Hanley Wood, LLC – a premier media and information company. For additional information, contact ASRW at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128; call (888) 529-1641 or (972) 536-6444; or visit