The collision industry’s heading to the land of alligators, orange groves and theme parks when the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) sets up shop at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., Dec. 4-7. The show will offer the latest technologies, products, seminars – and fun – to help repair professionals survive and thrive in the collision repair industry.
More than 1,700-plus booths and 500 exhibiting companies will be a part of the exposition Dec. 4-7. Keeping with tradition, a few celebrities will also be a part of this year’s NACE. The Friday morning General Session will feature keynote speaker Bill O’Reilly, host of cable television’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” and the Saturday Night Concert will feature a performance by country music superstar Wynonna Judd.
NACE 2003 also will feature 12 new seminars, one new workshop and a new spotlight on claims processing as part of the lineup of Congress Sessions. Attendees can also earn Automotive Management Institute (AMI) credits, receive I-CAR technical training and take ASE certification testing.
With all this industry action, don’t forget you’ll be in the land of attractions. On Thursday evening, NACE is steppin’ out to a special block party at Universal CityWalk. On Friday, NACE is offering three tours: an eco-guided adventure, a tour of Kennedy Space Center and a tour of the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Fla.
If you’re not the “tour” type, do your own thing. You have plenty of places to choose from – Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World …
Just remember, don’t feed the alligators, or you may find that – instead of you taking a bite out of Orlando – something in Orlando took a bite out of you.
Writer Bob Bissler is senior editor of BodyShop Business.