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NACE Makes Tweaks to MSO Symposium

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April 11, 2014—With a new name and a tweak to its content and format, the MSO Symposium—now called the Collision Repair Executive Symposium (CRES)—will cater to a broader audience at the 2014 NACE/CARS Expo & Conference in Detroit.

The original symposium debuted at the 2011 NACE/CARS show, designed to provide a forum and training for multiple-shop owners and executives. This year’s event will now be open to a larger group of collision repair executives, not just those who run MSOs.

CRES will open with an evening reception on July 31 at COBO Center in Detroit. Presentations will begin the following day at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. with breaks and a luncheon to allow for networking and peer-to-peer discussion.

The content of the presentations will cover business growth, insurance and collision industry trends, facility utilization, mergers and acquisitions, and more.

“Some businesses are preparing for expansion through growth or acquisition while others are preparing for merger or divestiture,” Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, said in a statement. “This symposium will provide information essential in understanding market conditions and preparing for the future, regardless the size of the business.”

NACE/CARS will be part of a weeklong series of events and meetings co-located in Detroit, starting July 28 and running through Aug. 2.  Tuesday the 29th will feature the CIC quarterly meeting. Wednesday will highlight the I-CAR Conference and Gala 35th Anniversary Networking Reception. On Thursday and Friday, the NACE/CARS Expo will take place, along with numerous NACE and CARS business and technical sessions, the CRES, Technology & Telematics Forum, the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduation ceremony and on-site I-CAR training. Technical presentations end at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2.

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