NACE | CARS announced that the MSO Symposium will return to the 2015 show after a one-year break. MSO executives and single-location collision executives who attended in the past requested the program return to its previous format.
The MSO Symposium has been an extremely popular event since it premiered in 2011, drawing attendance from the largest MSOs in the collision repair industry. While the symposium makes its return, the business event will now cater to a broader group of executives, allowing it to be more inclusive of some of the best operators in the collision repair industry. The content will cover business growth, M&A, private equity, insurance and industry trends, and other management-focused topics.
The biggest change to the program in 2015 is an increase in industry input and direction relative to the content. There will now be a chair and advisory board for the symposium. This year’s chair, who will act as the symposium moderator, will be Michael LeVasseur.
“There are many meetings and conferences throughout the year, but this is the only event that is exclusive to the leaders in the collision repair industry,” said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. “The recent addition of the advisory board will mirror the changes we made in 2014 relative to NACE. ASA may own the event, but it’s a show and now a symposium that is solely for the collision industry, about the collision industry and driven by the collision industry. We remain the only national show strictly for repairers. Some businesses are preparing for expansion through growth or acquisition while others are preparing for merger or divestiture. This symposium will provide information essential in understanding market conditions and preparing for the future, regardless the size of the business.”
The MSO Symposium will open with presentations beginning Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015, followed by a private reception at the COBO Center in Detroit.
Registration for the MSO Symposium will open in March at www.NACEexpo.com, along with all other events taking place during Industry Week in Detroit July 21-25. These include the CIC summer meeting Tuesday-Wednesday, July 21-22, the Collision Repair Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser July 22, CCIF, MERA, I-CAR classes, training and demos, NABC, SCRS Board and open meetings, CIECA and the NACE | CARS 2015 Conference + Expo Wednesday-Saturday, July 22-25. (Expo will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.)
Now in its 33rd year, NACE | CARS 2015 will feature numerous opportunities for technical training, business education, demonstrations, networking and technology showcases for stakeholders, owners, managers, and technicians in the collision and service repair industries.