This year’s Advisory Board members include:
· Paul Gange, Fix Auto, President & COO, Chair of MSO Symposium
· Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors, LLC., Principal
· Vince Romans, The Romans Group, Managing Partner & CEO
· Mike LeVasseur, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Director of Corporate Development
· Dave Roberts, FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC., Managing Director
· Russell Thrall III, CollisionWeek, Publisher & Editor-In-Chief
· Scott Benavidez, Mr B’s Paint & Body Shop Inc., Owner
· Mark Sanders, Caliber Collision Centers, President & COO
· Darrell Amberson, LaMettry’s Collision, President of Operations
· Larry Siembab, CARSTAR, Sr. Director of Insurance Relations
· Tim O’Day, Gerber Collision & Glass, President & COO
· John Walcher, Veritas Advisors, Inc., President
· Roy Schnepper, Butlers Collision, President
· Joe Amodei, The Collision Centers, President
· Mike Anderson, Collision Advice, President
· Jim Keller, 1 Collision Network, President
· Bruce Bares, Certified Collision, CEO
The 2017 MSO Symposium will take place during NACE Automechanika on Wednesday, July 26, in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. This year’s symposium will offer insight on the latest trends, as well as new information for vital industry topics.
The MSO Symposium will open with a private lunch followed by presentations and panels. The event will end with a private reception for attendees and sponsors. Executives representing MSOs, along with multi-location and single location collision repair executives, are invited to attend this closed meeting. The event is also open to property and casualty insurance company executives.
Paul Gange, chairman of the committee, the master of ceremony and Fix Auto president & COO, said, “Similar to years past, this program is being developed with the guidance and direction from the leadership in the industry. The Advisory Board is instrumental in ensuring that the content and speakers reflect the things attendees what and need to hear.”
Marcy Tieger, principal, Symphony Advisors, will once again moderate the Insurer Panel. “The MSO Symposium is unique because of the environment it creates," said Tieger. "Often times, insurers are reluctant to participate on panels and attend collision repair driven events. The Symposium allows insurers an opportunity to not only share insightful information, but interact with attendees in a professional environment where information and dialogue is welcomed and encouraged.” All insurers are welcome and encouraged to attend the MSO Symposium.
The first Advisory Board meeting this year focused on content for the Symposium, and members discussed what topics are most relevant to the multi-shop owner today. Topics discussed include: collision industry economics and trends; advanced automotive technology (what repairers need to do today and in the future to be prepared to repair vehicles); pre- and post-scanning specific to cost, staffing, tooling and operational best practices; training, retaining and hiring employees; industry consolidation; insurance panel; new political regime and the government’s potential effect on the industry and more.
Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, said, “This is the only event that is exclusive to MSOs and the strongest independent operators in the collision repair industry. The Advisory Board has made a huge impact in developing content relative to the needs of these leaders. Some businesses are preparing for expansion through growth or acquisition, while others are preparing for merger or divestiture. The symposium will provide insight on these top companies and their respective leadership through the sharing of knowledge, experience and information essential to understanding market conditions and preparing for the future.”
Registration for the MSO Symposium will open soon at www.NACEAutomechanika.com along with all other events taking place during NACE Automechanika in Chicago, July 24-29, 2017.