AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) recently hosted the 39th semi-annual gathering of the Acoat Selected North American Performance Groups. The conference was held Feb. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Fla, and hosted approximately 240 industry leaders, the largest turnout in the event’s history. The three-day program offered both classes and 20-group discussions that provided information and insights critical for shaping the future of both distributors and collision repair centers.
Led by industry experts, the classes focused on practical subjects such as the role of repair planners and how they benefit a process-centered environment. Other areas included how to effectively lead change in an organization, how to find, hire and keep employees, and an update on how the Affordable Health Care for America Act affects small businesses.
“This meeting is the first of two North American Acoat Selected gatherings held annually by AkzoNobel,” said Barry Rinehart, North American services manager for AkzoNobel. “As one of the world’s largest paint and coatings companies, we know our customers find value in these engagements. Market evolutions are redefining the roles of distributors and collision repair centers. Both shops and distributors are required to become more astute in their business practices to ensure mutual success.”