Thursday, 30 March 2017 17:09

Full Schedule Posted for ABPA 2017 Annual Convention in GA

The full schedule of events, speakers and breakout sessions for the 2017 ABPA (Automotive Body Parts Association) Annual Meeting & Convention, being held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 25-28, has been finalized.

The Association has organized four days of events and speakers from across the aftermarket industry, including a return their popular Educational Breakout Sessions on Thursday afternoon.


2017 Annual Meeting Schedule


Tuesday, April 25


9AM: Board of Directors Meeting (Woodruff)

5-8PM: Registration Opens

6-9PM: Welcoming Reception (Rooftop 866)


Wednesday, April 26


7:30AM: Golfers depart (Lobby)

12-5PM: Exhibitors Tabletop Setup (Ballroom)

6PM: Registration re-opens

6-9PM: Tradeshow and Reception Dinner (Ballroom)


Thursday, April 27

7:30AM: Registration re-opens

7:30-9:30AM: Breakfast Buffet (Ballroom)

9:00AM-12:30PM: First Business Session w/ keynote speakers (Ballroom)

9-9:10AM: Kim Hicks, opening comments and anti-trust statement

9:10-9:20AM: Jim Smith, President’s speech

9:20-9:30AM: Ed Salamy, Executive Director, state of the association message

9:30-9:45AM: Kim Hicks, Association Board of Directors departing members, introduction of nominees

9:45-10AM: Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation

10-10:20AM: Ray Colas, Legislative and Regulatory Issues

10:20-11AM: Dave Smith, Caliber Collision

11-11:15AM: Break

11:20-12:00PM: Jack Gillis, CAPA Update

12:30-1:30PM: Awards Luncheon

1:30-4:30PM: Educational Breakout Sessions (Rialto A, Rialto B, Chastain A)

5-5:30PM: ABPA Vehicle Giveaway with NABC (front of hotel)

6-9PM: Dinner (Ballroom)

9-11PM: After party sponsored by CCC


Friday, April 28


Breakfast 7:30-9AM: (Ballroom)

9AM–12PM: Second Business Session (Ballroom)

9-9:30AM: Bob Frayer, NSF

9:30-9:40AM: Jim Smith, ABPA Lawsuit Update

9:40-10AM: Gerry Poirier, Farmers Insurance

10-11AM: Brad Mewes, Supplement, Consolidation in the automotive aftermarket industry

11-12:00PM: Open Mic for members to address the general audience and Board of Directors

12PM: Adjournment


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is a coalition dedicated to serving the collision repair industry with quality replacement parts, backed by dependable service and fair prices. Each member subscribes to a code of ethics which encompasses high standards of business practice on behalf of its customers and the motoring public.

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