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Heavy Duty Repair Forum

2023 Conference Agenda

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This a working program agenda, that is subject to change.

Day One: General Sessions, Networking Functions, & Focused Learning Tracks

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast & Vendor Fair

Meet us on the second floor of the Historic Hilton, where the collision industry will be meeting to share breakfast, catch up, and prepare for the event’s program.

Registration & Check-In opens at 7:30 a.m.


8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Overview

The HD Repair Forum is the place for heavy-duty and medium-duty collision repair updates and information. President and co-founder, Brian Nessen, welcomes attendees back to Fort Worth and provides an overview of upcoming trends and recent industry progress.

Brian Nessen, HD Repair Forum

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

How to Have a Great Day Every Day

Steve Beck, President, Beck Seminars

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Parts Supply Chain & New Vehicle Technology

Tim Meeker, Navistar

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Motor Coaches and the Collision Repair Industry

Tim Barnes, Director, Private Market Sales, NFI Parts

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Claims Handling Best Practices and Challenges Post Pandemic


12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Open Mic

To be announced


12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Evercoat


Focused Learning Tracks: Session One

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Track A: Motivational Leadership

Steve Beck, President, Beck Seminars

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Track B: Ladies and Gentlemen Start Your Search Engines

Mark Claypool, President & CEO, Optima Worldwide

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems


Focused Learning Tracks: Session Two

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Track A: Attracting and Retaining Talent

George Arrants, Vice President, ASE Education Foundation

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Track B: Scanning and Calibrations with ADAS


3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Track C: Tape and Body Panel Bonding


Focused Learning Tracks: Session Three

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Track A: To be announced


4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Track B: Composite Repair


4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Track C: To be announcd


5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Industry Networking Reception


Day Two: General Sessions, Networking Functions, & Focused Learning Tracks

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast & Vendor Fair


General Sessions

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome Back - Day 1 Recap

Dan Risley

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

OEM Update


8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

ADAS Systems

To be announced


9:15 - 9:45 a.m.

OEM Update: Isuzu Trucks

Chris Bishop, Aftersales Development Manager, ISUZU Commercial Truck

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems


10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Electric Battery Stability & Testing

To be announced

Niel Speetjens, I-CAR

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

General Sessions

To be announced


11:45 - 12:00 p.m.

Open Mic


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Evercoat


Focused Learning Tracks: Session Four

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Life-Work Balance

Steve Beck, President, Beck Seminars

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Has Your Business Adapated to the Changes Post Pandemic


Focused Learning Tracks: Session Five

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Track A: To be announced


2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Track B: To be announced


2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Track C: To be announced