Dayna Hennessy, co-owner and event planner for Pro Paint, notes “everything went as planned and exactly as we’d hoped. It was one of those perfect events; we could not ask for anything better.”
Hennessy was excited to see all of Pro Paint’s hard work come to fruition. This year’s event attracted a record number of industry professionals, class participants and vendors from various segments of the industry all over the country.
Hennessy states, “All of the seminars were well-attended, and people seemed to enjoy the information that was presented and their ability to ask questions specific to their individual situations which is always more beneficial. Attendees were even able to use credits from the seminars to get re-certified.”
The educational portion of the event began at 10AM with PPG’s six-hour presentation on “Envirobase High Performance Waterborne Recertification.” During the discussion, attendees were updated on new products and techniques. Participants in this course were able to move up to the next level of PPG Certified Technician status.
From noon until 2PM, attendees had the option to choose one of two seminars to attend. “Collision Shop Best Practices” was presented by Darrell Amberson, Chairman of the Automotive Service Association (ASA). The other choice came in the form of a two-part seminar; the first segment covered, “Proper Gun Set Up and Care,” with Michelle Striggow of Graco, while the second discussed, “Pre-Treatment Premier” presented by Doug Van Duyne, a member of the Board of Directors of CCAI-TC.
A third course, “Hands on Introduction to House of Kolor Shimrin2,” by Nick Dahl, also began at noon, but ran for four hours. During this seminar, attendees were encouraged to bring their gun and respirator as they covered products and processes, undercoats, karrier bases, and effect pacs.
From 2PM through 4PM, “Improving Transfer Efficiency and Reducing VOC Emissions Along with the Virtual Paint System” was held by the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (Mn-TAP). Paul Pagel and Jeremiah Treloar of the Iowa Waste Reduction Center presented this seminar. At 3PM, PPG led a one-hour seminar on “Adjustrite Estimating,” a web-based Class A truck estimating program that is used and regarded by insurance companies.
The trade show, which was open from 4-9PM, featured representatives from over 100 product lines, and attendees enjoyed a minimum 10% discount on any purchases made. Participating vendors included 3M, AASP, American Tape, C’Aire, Dynabrade, House of Kolor, Innovative Tools, Inver Grove Honda & Toyota, Kadingers, Luther Auto Group, MADA, Malco, Mirka Auto Refinish Solutions, Norton, Pliogrip, PPG, Presta, Reading Technologies, SATA, SEM, Stericycle Inc., TG Products Inc., Transtar, UPOL, USC, WACTAL, Walcom USA, Wisconsin Parts Advantage, and Wizards, Zorn.
The vendors spent a lot of time with customers, answering questions and demonstrating their products.
Hennessy states, “Our main vendors set up extensive displays and had six to 12 representatives manning their booths. It’s flattering that our vendors feel the Pro Paint trade show is worth the time and effort and they have stated that our event is the best attended and most successful show for sales.” She adds, “Everyone enjoyed the trade show and had a great time, especially getting to interact with 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force. He’s a wonderful person to have at this type of event as he’s not the ‘behind-the-velvet-ropes’ type of celebrity; he took pictures, signed autographs and spent time visiting with attendees. We were so pleased to have him at our event and cannot say enough about him!”
Dinner and refreshments, which received rave reviews, were provided during the event by Pro Paint. In addition, pre-registered shop personnel each received a $10 BP gas card to offset travel expenses, and attendees had a chance to win a variety of door prizes, including the grand prize of a 50” flat LED 3D TV. Pro Paint’s Annual Trade Show is a strong regional event, and Hennessy believes the popularity is only going to continue to grow.
“The closer location requires less time away from work, plus attendees have the opportunity to discuss the products directly with the regional representatives of the vendors, not someone who takes a name and number and has someone contact them at a later date,” Hennessy said. “Our attendees have stated how much they appreciate the live demonstrations and being able to see the actual products. It also gives the attendees a chance to build relationships with all members of the Pro Paint team. We feel this is what makes our event such a success and are thrilled with how well this year’s event went.”
The Pro Paint 8th Annual Trade Show has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 2015.