CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced its 26th annual conference in San Diego this weekend, kicking off the collision repair industry’s largest MSO network event.
Themed “Gaining the Edge,” the conference is being held June 13-16, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. It will open with an annual awards presentation on Saturday night to recognize the top-performing franchisees, and then focus on strategic planning, management and technical education sessions, panel discussions, vendor partner networking events, motivational speakers and an insurance industry forum.
“Each year, the CARSTAR Conference expands its presence as the most dynamic collision industry event of the year where store owners, business leaders, vendor partners and insurance companies come together to help build the collective industry for the future,” said CARSTAR CEO David Byers. “This is the largest MSO network event of the year, with an incredible lineup of speakers, education events and networking opportunities exclusively for the CARSTAR store owners. This is just one of the many resources we provide store owners in the CARSTAR family, and a powerful tool for them to help them gain the edge, grow their business and improve their operations.”
The keynote speaker will be Clifton Lambreth, motivational speaker and former Ford Motor Company executive. Other guests for the conference include:
- Mike Anderson, founder of CollisionAdvice.com
- Vince Romans, founding partner of The Romans Group, LLC
- Marcy Tieger, managing director of Symphony Advisors, LLC
- Doug Schlueter, national MSO manager at I-CAR
- Michael Macaluso, president of CARSTAR Canada
In addition, CARSTAR store owners in attendance will have an opportunity to visit the Vendor Expo with more than 50 of the industry’s top suppliers, participate in classes and training programs, and enjoy the city and a trip to the San Diego Safari Park. On Saturday night, CARSTAR will hold its annual awards dinner to recognize the top-performing stores and owners in the CARSTAR MSO network.
“We just completed our 25th anniversary year with record sales of $712 million, thanks to the collective efforts of our store owners and corporate team,” said Byers. “At this year’s CARSTAR conference, we will set our roadmap for the next 25 years as we continue to lead the industry with innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and strategic growth.”