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NACE Releases MSO Symposium Agenda

Content for the popular event will cover business growth, M&A, private equity, insurance and industry trends, and other management-focused topics.


NACE has announced the release of the schedule for this year’s MSO Symposium. The content will cover business growth, M&A, private equity, insurance and industry trends, and other management-focused topics.

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The MSO Symposium has been a popular event since its premier in 2011, drawing attendance from the largest multi-shop operators in the collision repair industry. This business event will now cater to a broader group of high-growth and dynamic executives, allowing it to be more inclusive of some of the best operators in the collision repair industry. This year’s symposium features a chair and advisory board (members of which include Tim Adelman, David Byers, Steve Grimshaw, Erick Bickett, Mike LeVasseur, Tim O’Day, Darrell Amberson, Dan Dutra, Carl Garcia, Randy Stabler, Dan Risley and Russell Thrall) to increase industry input and direction relative to the content.


LeVasseur, chair of the advisory board, will act as the symposium moderator with co-producers Risley, Amberson and Thrall. The symposium will open Thursday, July 23 at 12 p.m. with a private welcome and strolling lunch. The program will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a private reception at COBO Center in Detroit from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

12-1 p.m. – Private welcome and strolling lunch

1-1:30 p.m. – MSO update and state of the industry address moderated by Dan Risley

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Claims management models moderated by Russell Thrall

2:15-3 p.m. – Insurer panel moderated by Mike LeVasseur

3-3:15 p.m. – Break

3:15-4 p.m. – Shortage of qualified employees, developing talent and retention moderated by Tony Molla

4-5 p.m. – The ABCs of financing moderated by Dave Roberts

5-5:30 p.m. – NPS & CSI moderated by Mike LeVasseur

5:30-7 p.m. – Private reception

“The MSO Symposium is the only event in the industry geared towards multi-shop operators and executives of single repair facilities planning to grow beyond their first location,” said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. “The content for this year’s program was created by the leadership in the industry that regularly attends the event. We believe this year’s program will provide attendees with tools and knowledge that will help them in their respective businesses. Staying on the cutting edge of the latest trends in the industry is critical to their long-term success. The MSO Symposium is the conduit and an event collision repair professionals should not miss.”


Registration for the MSO Symposium is now open. Visit to learn more about the symposium and 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 CREF Golf Fundraiser July 22, CCIF, MERA, I-CAR classes, training and demos, NABC, SCRS board and open meetings, CIECA and, of course, 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.

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