Labor Rate, Tech Shortage Highlight Education at NORTHEAST

Labor Rate, Tech Shortage Highlight Education at NORTHEAST

The AASP/NJ has updated its slate of educational programming for the NORTHEAST show March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) announced it has updated its slate of educational programming for its flagship event, the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, which will return live March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, N.J.

Several exclusive panel discussions have been added, 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” will provide NORTHEAST attendees with insights into this complex topic. It will be moderated by industry veteran journalist Joel Gausten and will feature Charles Bryant (AASP/NJ); Robert McDorman (Auto Claim Specialists); Barrett Smith (Auto Damage Experts); and John Walczuk (ZB Negotiations).

“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 and Richard Valenzuela (National AutoBody Research).

“The Future of ADAS” will feature Nick Barbera (ADAS Diagnostics/Union Collision); George Lesniak (Autel); Eric Newell (AirPro Diagnostics); and Frank Terlep (Auto Techcelerators, LLC), who will dive into the nuances of this complex, ever-changing topic.

Timothy Morgan (Spanesi Americas) will join 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 Jerry McNee, president of AASP/NJ. “All classes are designed to educate attendees and give back to the industry. If you attend one class that helps your shop generate additional income or improve your business practices, it’s a win-win. We’re excited to see everyone at NORTHEAST in March.”

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