NORTHEAST 2022 shares its educational slate

Feb. 8, 2022
Labor rates, the technician shortage, and ADAS panels are highlights
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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has shared its updated slate of educational programming for its flagship event, the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, scheduled for March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, New Jersey.

 AASP/NJ is including several exclusive panel discussions, beginning with “The Continuing Tech Shortage: How Do We Fix It?” which will be moderated by Michael Bonsanto (Passaic County Technical Institute and I-CAR), and will include a number of subject matter experts: Brandon Eckenrode (Collision Repair Education Foundation), Keith Egan (Betag North America), Josh Laurent (Automotive Business Management), Bart Mazurek (CCC Intelligent Solutions), and Greg Settle (Techforce).

A panel discussion on “Mastering the Appraisal Clause” provides NORTHEAST attendees with insights into this complex topic, shared by Charles Bryant (AASP/NJ), Robert McDorman (Auto Claim Specialists), Barrett Smith (Auto Damage Experts, Inc.) and John Walczuk (ZB Negotiations). This conversation, as well as the following two panels, will be moderated by industry veteran journalist Joel Gausten. 

“Labor Rate 2022 and Beyond: How to Get What You’re Worth” will feature panelists Jerry McNee (AASP/NJ), Lucky Papageorg (AASP/MA), Burl Richards (ABAT), Barrett Smith (Auto Damage Experts, Inc.) and Sam & Richard Valenzuela (National AutoBody Research).

Anyone curious about “The Future of ADAS” won’t want to miss the opportunity to listen to Nick Barbera (ADAS Diagnostics/Union Collision), George Lesniak (Autel), Eric Newell (AirPro Diagnostics) and Frank Terlep (Auto Techcelerators, LLC) dive into the nuances of this complex, ever-changing topic.

Timothy Morgan (Spanesi Americas, Inc.) joins forces with BASF’s John Shoemaker to present “Beyond Blueprinting to Guiding the Repair Process.” Later on, Morgan will partner with Chuck Olsen (AirPro Diagnostics) to educate attendees on how they can “Get it Straight to Calibrate.”

Gerry Bonanni (Ford Motor Company) will discuss “Accessing Ford Repair Information, Collision Sectioning Procedures for Aluminum,” while Lee Rush of Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes will offer advice on “Managing the Customer’s Experience.”

New Jersey shops also have the opportunity to qualify for their auto body license renewal certificate by attending “OEM Certification Success: Dos and Don’ts,” taught by Dave Gruskos of Reliable Automotive Equipment. 

“None of us know it all, but NORTHEAST gives attendees a great chance to learn something new that they can immediately implement to improve their businesses,” said AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee. "If you attend one class that helps your shop generate additional income or improve your business practices, it’s a win-win!"

NORTHEAST attendees must have a valid show badge ID to register for seminars; click here for registration.

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