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Planning for Second Annual NACE MSO Symposium Underway


Planning for the second annual MSO Symposium at the Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) is well underway and, according to show organizer Hanley Wood Exhibitions, sponsorships are selling quickly. Designed for collision repair multi-shop operators, the symposium is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12. Comprised of the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

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Registration for the MSO Symposium will open in early June and will cost $100 for qualified attendees. The symposium is created for shop owners with two or more locations.

"While NACE will always be ‘home’ to all independent repairers, we recognized MSOs had specific needs as well and we created the MSO Symposium to make ASRW the place for even more industry professionals to learn and network," said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. "We’re grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from our MSO Symposium sponsors thus far."

To provide continuing value and education to MSOs, ASRW and the Automotive Service Association (ASA) have also organized a delegation of multi-shop operators to attend the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) in Barcelona, Spain, May 21-23.


The MSO Symposium debuted at ASRW in 2011 specifically for multi-shop owners. A sold-out success in its first year, it provides high-end content to an exclusive group of high-end buyers. The symposium includes multiple networking opportunities for MSOs and access to all other ASRW events (the expo show floor, educational conference and other key events).

Sponsorship opportunities for the MSO Symposium are limited and selling quickly, with eight sponsors confirmed to date:

• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• UniCure Spraybooths
• Nissan
• Garmat USA
• DuPont Performance Coatings
• CCC Information Services
• Car-O-Liner

The symposium is produced by ASA, NACE and Symphony Advisors, and will again be facilitated by Matthew Ohrnstein of Symphony Advisors.

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