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NACE and CARS Expand Conference

The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) have developed an expanded 2009 conference program delivering a total of 84 sessions (or 138 hours) of education for the same cost as 2008. Both NACE and CARS are sponsored by Automotive Service Association (ASA) and co-located at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7, during the second annual Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW).

Conference topics will teach facility owners and managers how to stay ahead and focus on their businesses during the current economic climate.  Sessions will be offered in both 90-minute and three-hour timeslots.

Tracks include management, vehicle repair (collision), technical (mechanical), women’s professional development, train the trainer, estimating, jobber, auto glass and new tracks for lean and heavy duty truck.

There are NACE-specific and CARS-specific sessions, but any registered attendee has access to any session they wish to attend. Additional timeslots were added to the Thursday, Friday and Saturday overall schedules to provide more choices to fit individual agendas.

“Each year, the conference development and direction is created with the attendees’ needs as the foremost catalyst. But with the economy impacting this industry – from both negative and positive standpoints, special emphasis was given to 2009 topics that would help them keep their businesses vital and competitive,” said Ellen Pipkin, show manager, Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “We’ve added five new timeslots to the schedule offering an additional 7.5 hours of education. It is our top priority to provide real knowledge and skills, delivering participants with an immediate ‘take-away’ that makes their businesses work smarter, better and more productively.”

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