Planning for the 2nd annual MSO Symposium is underway and sponsorships are selling quickly, according to the Automotive Service Association. Designed for collision repair multi-shop operators and held during Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), the MSO Symposium is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12.Like this article? Sign up to receive our weekly news blasts here.
Comprised of the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.
"While NACE will always be 'home' to all independent repairers, we recognized MSOs had specific needs as well and we created the MSO Symposium to make ASRW the place for even more industry professionals to learn and network," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "We're grateful for the outpouring of support we've received from our MSO Symposium sponsors thus far."
To provide continuing value and education to MSOs, ASRW and the Automotive Service Association (ASA) have also organized a delegation of multi-shop operators to attend the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) in Barcelona, Spain, May 21-23.
The MSO Symposium debuted at ASRW in 2011 specifically for multi-shop owners. A sold-out success in its first year, the MSO Symposium provides high-end content to an exclusive group of high-end buyers. The symposium includes multiple networking opportunities for MSOs and access to all other ASRW events (the Expo show floor, educational conference and other key events).
Sponsorship opportunities for the MSO Symposium are limited and selling quickly, with eight sponsors confirmed to date: Enterprise Rent- A-Car, UniCure Spraybooths, Nissan, Garmat USA, BASF, DuPont Performance Coatings, CCC Information Services and Car-O-Liner. It is produced by ASA, NACE and Symphony Advisors, and will again be facilitated by Matthew Ohrnstein of Symphony Advisors.
Additional details regarding the schedule of events, content and speakers will be released in the near future.
The ASRW media center is sponsored by searchautoparts.com/ABRN.
For additional information, contact ASRW at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128; call (888) 529- 1641 or (972) 536-6444; or visit www.ASRWevents.com.
For additional information about ASA or to join, go to www.ASAshop.org. ASRW, NACE and CARS are produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions.