Automotive Body Parts Association Posts Full Schedule for Annual Meeting in Atlanta
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Automotive Body Parts Association Posts Full Schedule for Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Speakers for the 2017 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention include Brandon Eckenrode of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, Dave Smith of Caliber Collision, Jack Gillis of CAPA and others.


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The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) has finalized the full schedule for the 2017 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention.

The event will take place April 25-28 at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown. The deadline for reserving a hotel room at the ABPA discount rate of $169 per night is April 2.

To register, click here.

2017 Annual Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, April 25

  • 9 a.m.: Board of Directors meeting (Woodruff)
  • 5-8 p.m.: Registration opens
  • 6-9 p.m.: Welcoming reception (Rooftop 866)

Wednesday, April 26

  • 7:30 a.m.: Golfers depart (Lobby)
  • 12-5 p.m.: Exhibitors tabletop setup (Ballroom)
  • 6 p.m.: Registration re-opens
  • 6-9 p.m.: Trade show and reception dinner (Ballroom)

Thursday, April 27

  • 7:30 a.m.: Registration re-opens
  • 7:30-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast buffet (Ballroom)
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: First business session with keynote speakers (Ballroom)
  • 9-9:10 a.m.: Kim Hicks, opening comments and anti-trust statement
  • 9:10-9:20 a.m.: Jim Smith, president’s speech
  • 9:20-9:30 a.m.: Ed Salamy, executive director, State of the Association Message
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Kim Hicks, Association Board of Directors departing members, introduction of nominees
  • 9:45-10 a.m.: Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation
  • 10-10:20 a.m.: Ray Colas, legislative and regulatory issues
  • 10:20-11 a.m.: Dave Smith, Caliber Collision
  • 11-11:15 a.m.: Break
  • 11:20-12 p.m.: Jack Gillis, CAPA update
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Awards luncheon
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Educational breakout sessions (Rialto A, Rialto B, Chastain A)
  • 5-5:30 p.m.: ABPA vehicle giveaway with NABC (front of hotel)
  • 6-9 p.m.: Dinner (Ballroom)
  • 9-11 p.m.: Afterparty sponsored by CCC

Friday, April 28

  • 7:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast (Ballroom)
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Second business session (Ballroom)
  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Bob Frayer, NSF
  • 9:30-9:40 a.m.: Jim Smith, ABPA lawsuit update
  • 9:40-10 a.m.: Gerry Poirier, Farmers Insurance
  • 10-11 a.m.: Brad Mewes, Supplement, Consolidation in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Open Mic for members to address the general audience and Board of Directors
  • 12 p.m.: Adjournment

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