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The NACE/CARS Expo & Conference returns to Detroit this month, and if you can’t make it, have no fear—the FenderBender team will be on site, delivering the best of the event each day through

If you’re not familiar with FenderBender Live, it’s our online portal for coverage of the industry’s biggest events: NACE and the SEMA Show. You’ll find the latest collision industry news announced at the events, interviews with industry experts on today’s most important topics, videos on the hottest products and happenings, and large photo galleries from the show floors.

We send a daily newsletter during the events that highlights the coverage in a simple, user-friendly format. To receive it for free, go to and sign up. Coverage of NACE begins July 22 and we have a lot on tap, so be sure to check it out. Aside from covering these events, we spend as much time as we can meeting with attendees, exhibitors and other industry pros. So if you also plan to be in Detroit this month, keep an eye out for us. We’d appreciate the opportunity to meet you and hear your story. Who knows, you might end up in a future issue of FenderBender.

This month, our main feature looks into the moments of discovery that shaped two top-tier collision repair businesses. Call them light-bulb moments, ah-ha moments, revelations—all shops have had them, but not all operators act on them. The shop operators featured here—Charles Williamson of Paceline Collision Systems and Nick Di Luca of CARS Auto Collision CSN—each had their discoveries after first running into great challenges. Their stories are inspiring and real, and might help you find the opportunities in your own obstacles.

Jake Weyer

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