Thursday, 08 June 2017 19:05

TX Auto Body Trade Show: A Whole New Experience & That Ain’t No Bull

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On August 25--26, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) will host its 3rd Annual Texas Auto Body Trade Show at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, TX. Open to the nationwide collision repair industry, this year’s slogan promises “a whole new collision trade show experience, and That Ain’t No Bull.”

In addition to the trade show featuring industry vendors, the event will include a whole slew of educational opportunities. According to ABAT Executive Director Jill Tuggle, “Education is top priority for ABAT.  In the business climate we are in today, with massive advancements in vehicle operation, it is becoming very challenging to stay ahead of the curve. We want to bring in high content presentations and the latest technology from the sources themselves so that we may equip our members to repair these vehicles safely.”

 

From 8AM-5PM on Friday, educational workshops will be offered with the expo floor opening from 6PM to 9PM. Workshops will continue on Saturday at 8AM-12PM with the expo open 1:30-5PM. ABAT anticipates having 60 exhibitor booths and over 300 attendees, and Tuggle notes, “We hope to also draw in many non-members shops who want to better their businesses and put safer cars on the road.”

 

Tuggle adds, “The Grand Ballroom will include exhibitors from around the U.S., showcasing the latest in collision repair technology, new cars, products and equipment. In addition to the exhibits, we have selected an exciting lineup of presentations from well-known speakers like Mike Anderson. There will be an OEM panel discussion and break-out sessions for owners, managers, estimators and technicians. This event will focus on Education, Communication and Legislation but will also be FUN.  There will be a cocktail hour in the exhibit hall which has been historically popular. We have some other entertaining surprises up our sleeves too.”

 

Those interested in attending the conference or participating as an exhibitor or sponsor can register here.

 

Plenty of opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors are still available. Exhibitors can book a 10’ by 10’ booth for just $1000, while companies interested in sponsoring the event have a variety of options. ABAT is still seeking sponsors for the Welcome Reception, TX association dinner, Friday box lunch and four refreshment breaks, as well as general sponsorships. Details about each level are available on their website.

 

Tuggle believes the 2017 Texas Auto Body Trade Show will be an educational and fun experience for all attendees, providing needed training and plenty of networking opportunities. She notes, “All ABAT events are focused on bringing our industry together. Communication is the driving force behind what we do. When we can bring everyone together to hear the same message, we then have the power of unity and collaboration. Each market has different shops who either specialize in or just happen to work on a lot of one type of car. When we can unite our shops, they feel more comfortable calling each other to ask for assistance. Couple that experience with the education they receive from ABAT all year long and now we are ahead of the curve.  The end result is safe, quality repairs and shops that get paid for the work they perform.”

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