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Gina is a 2012 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. A resident of Akron, Ohio, she currently serves as managing editor of BodyShop Business and previously held internships with multiple consumer and B2B publications. She is a member of the Women's Industry Network.

Opening keynote speaker Peter Sheahan discusses turning change into competitive advantage.

Opening keynote speaker Peter Sheahan discusses turning
change into competitive advantage.

PPG Automotive Refinish recently hosted its fall 2014 MVP Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. More than 440 shop owners, distributors, industry guests and PPG reps attended the educational event to learn about the latest practices to better improve their businesses.

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The three-day long event kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 21 with the Randy Dewing Memorial Golf Tournament. Winners included:

  • Mike Desherlia
  • Steve Desherlia
  • Jason Driggers
  • Mark Mitchell
Mark Bono, I-CAR Platinum certified structural steel and aluminum technician, estimator and auto damage appraiser, teaches attendees everything they need to know about aluminum to prepare for the incoming “technical tsunami.”

Following the golf outing, attendees were treated to a welcome dinner and cocktail reception to socialize and network with fellow guests.

Mark Bono, I-CAR Platinum certified structural steel and aluminum technician, estimator and auto damage appraiser, teaches attendees everything they need to know about aluminum to prepare for the incoming "technical tsunami."

Mark Bono, I-CAR Platinum certified structural steel
and aluminum technician, estimator and auto
damage appraiser, teaches attendees everything
they need to know about aluminum to prepare for
the incoming “technical tsunami.”

Monday’s events kicked off with an opening keynote speech from innovative entrepreneur Peter Sheahan, who discussed turning change into competitive advantage. Breakout sessions continued throughout the day, focusing on topics such as managing Generation Y (Millenial) employees and DRP compliance.

Conference guests are treated to a performance from The A-Town A-List Band during a strolling dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Keynote speaker Ross Shaffer delivered final remarks to end the afternoon, touching on capitalizing on competition and overcoming obstacles in the workplace. A strolling dinner through the resort’s restaurant and bar district closed out the night. Attendees were treated to live music from The A-Town A-List and David Payton, as well as a wide variety of delicious food, drinks and desserts.

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Breakout sessions continued through Tuesday afternoon, focusing on topics such as amping up company culture and preparing for the aluminum influx.

Conference guests are treated to a performance from The A-Town A-List Band during a strolling dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Conference guests are treated to a performance from
The A-Town A-List Band during a strolling dinner at
the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

A final keynote speech, presented by best-selling author Ross Bernstein, drew parallels from the world of sports to the business world and taught attendees how to be more productive “champions” in the workplace.

“Successful people tend to work hard and play hard,” said Jim Berkey, director Business Solutions for PPG.  “So we work hard to get the appropriate mix of compelling content for the sake of the business and a venue that allows us to have a great time together.”


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