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MSO Symposium Announces Advisory Board for 2017

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North Richland Hills, Texas, January 24, 2017 ? The MSO Symposium, the exclusive and preeminent meeting for the leadership in the collision repair industry, announces its 2017 Advisory Board following a meeting of industry executives and ASA staff and board members. This year?s Advisory Board members include:

  • Paul Gange, Fix Auto, President & COO, Chair of MSO Symposium
  • Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors, LLC., Principal
  • Vince Romans, The Romans Group, Managing Partner & CEO
  • Mike LeVasseur, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Director of Corporate Development
  • Dave Roberts, FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC., Managing Director
  • Russell Thrall III, CollisionWeek, Publisher & Editor-In-Chief
  • Scott Benavidez, Mr B?s Paint & Body Shop Inc., Owner
  • Mark Sanders, Caliber Collision Centers, President & COO
  • Darrell Amberson, LaMettry?s Collision, President of Operations
  • Larry Siembab, CARSTAR, Sr. Director of Insurance Relations
  • Tim O?Day, Gerber Collision & Glass, President & COO
  • John Walcher, Veritas Advisors, Inc., President
  • Roy Schnepper, Butlers Collision, President
  • Joe Amodei, The Collision Centers, President
  • Mike Anderson, Collision Advice, President
  • Jim Keller, 1 Collision Network, President
  • Bruce Bares, Certified Collision, CEO

The 2017 MSO Symposium will take place during NACE Automechanika on Wednesday, July 26, in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. This year?s symposium will offer insight on the latest trends, as well as new information for vital industry topics.

The MSO Symposium will open with a private lunch followed by presentations and panels. The event will end with a private reception for attendees and sponsors. Executives representing MSOs, along with multi-location and single location collision repair executives, are invited to attend this closed meeting. The event is also open to property and casualty insurance company executives.

Paul Gange, chairman of the committee, the master of ceremony and Fix Auto president & COO, said, ?Similar to years past, this program is being developed with the guidance and direction from the leadership in the industry. The Advisory Board is instrumental in ensuring that the content and speakers reflect the things attendees what and need to hear.?

Marcy Tieger, principal, Symphony Advisors, will once again moderate the Insurer Panel. ?The MSO Symposium is unique because of the environment it creates,” said Tieger. “Often times, insurers are reluctant to participate on panels and attend collision repair driven events. The Symposium allows insurers an opportunity to not only share insightful information, but interact with attendees in a professional environment where information and dialogue is welcomed and encouraged.? All insurers are welcome and encouraged to attend the MSO Symposium.

The first Advisory Board meeting this year focused on content for the Symposium, and members discussed what topics are most relevant to the multi-shop owner today. Topics discussed include: collision industry economics and trends; advanced automotive technology (what repairers need to do today and in the future to be prepared to repair vehicles); pre- and post-scanning specific to cost, staffing, tooling and operational best practices; training, retaining and hiring employees; industry consolidation; insurance panel; new political regime and the government?s potential effect on the industry and more.

Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, said, ?This is the only event that is exclusive to MSOs and the strongest independent operators in the collision repair industry. The Advisory Board has made a huge impact in developing content relative to the needs of these leaders. Some businesses are preparing for expansion through growth or acquisition, while others are preparing for merger or divestiture. The symposium will provide insight on these top companies and their respective leadership through the sharing of knowledge, experience and information essential to understanding market conditions and preparing for the future.?

Registration for the MSO Symposium will open soon at along with all other events taking place during NACE Automechanika in Chicago, July 24-29, 2017.

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About Automotive Service Association
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. Headquartered in North Richland Hills, TX, ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.

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About NACE Automechanika Chicago
Now held annually, NACE Automechanika Chicago was the 14th installation into Automechanika worldwide. NACE Automechanika Chicago is the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive collision and service repair shops. Messe Frankfurt, producer of Automechanika, the leading international brand of automotive trade shows, has joined forces with UBM Americas, the largest U.S. tradeshow organizer, and NACE (the International Autobody Congress & Exposition), the premiere event for the U.S. collision repair industry to create this extraordinary event. The co-production between Automechanika Chicago and NACE will create a unified stage using NACE?s strong relationships within the collision and OE community combined with Automechanika Chicago?s global strength throughout the automotive aftermarket. Working in collaboration, these entities will create an unprecedented partnership focused on training and product discovery for the automotive technicians, shop owners and distributors.

About Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world?s leading trade fair organizers, generating around ?648 million in sales and employing 2,244 people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2015, Messe Frankfurt organized a total of 133 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt?s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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