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Monday, 30 September 2002 17:00

NACE town hall to debate industrys hottest topics

The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) Town Hall will provide a forum for discussion and debate about some of the collision repair industry's hottest topics, including state and federal legislation regarding insurer-owned shops and right to repair, diminished value (DV) and post repair inspections, fraudulent practices, steering and what it means to repairers and consumers, the future of the industry -- image, technician shortage and the aging workforce -- and repair information availability. 

George Bush, Bill Cosby at NACE
 

NACE 2002 will be held Dec 5-8, at the Dallas Convention Center and is expected to draw an attendance of 30,000-plus from around the globe. It will feature more than 60 timely educational sessions, an Exposition with 500+ exhibiting companies, a keynote address by the Honorable George Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and a live performance by comedian and actor Bill Cosby.

 
In addition to thediscussion and debate among panelists, registered attendees will have the opportunity to "come and be heard" by submitting questions in advance (via email and on-site). All questions will be collec ted prior to the Town Hall session and Anderson will pose selected questions to appropriate panel members for response.
 
The Town Hall Luncheon is included in the full Congress Package, or individual tickets are available for $25. To register, use the online registration form on the NACE website, located at www.NACEexpo.com.
 
Small shop program added
 
Jobber and Small-Shop tracks have been added to the 2002 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) Conference program. The Management, Industry, Technical and Lifestyle tracks have also been set, with many tracks expanded, for a total of approximately 60 educational offerings in the NACE Conference.
 
Spanish language I-CAR
 

In addition, two of the NACE Technical track sessions and two Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) classes will be offered in Spanish. Dealer bodyshop management sessions have been added and many of the Management and Small-Shop track sessions will be accredited by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) for credit toward the institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.

This year's NACE Conference will also include an ARMS management program and luncheon, and a session given by the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII).

Spouse program highlights

For those not attending the Conference sessions, NACE has a Spouse Program that includes three events. A Day of Wellness at the Cooper Clinic will be held at the center's beautiful campus in downtown Dallas and will include health and fitness workshops.

"Cookin' with Carol" will take place at the Dallas World Aquarium. Carol Ritchie, Dallas-area cooking instructor, host of the Cookin' with Carol show and 2001 James Beard Award Nominee, will present a lively class designed with user-friendly recipes. Time will be allotted to tour the Dallas World Aquarium, featuring 85,000 gallons of saltwater with marine life from around the world, a 22,000 gallon tunnel providing a panoramic view of reef life, as well as a rainforest exhibit representing the South American Orinoco River basin.

The third Spouse event will be a visit to Dallas' new jewel - the American Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future. The museum celebrates women's history and provides a public forum for the communication of women's contributions to society.

Easier on-line registration, planning

Attendees and exhibitors can now use the International Autobody Congress & Exposition website, www.NACEexpo.com, to register and secure housing accommodations for the 20th annual event.

For attendees, the site has complete information about NACE, including a Schedule of Events, Conference and Seminar Programs, Key Events, Tour and Spouse Program, and Entertainment. There is also an Exhibitor List, an Exhibitor/Product Search and a Floor Plan.

The website also has a sophisticated Itinerary Planner to help attendees build their NACE schedule, including exhibit booth locations, educational sessions times and locations, and hotel and travel reservation information. This feature includes a conflict manager that tracks time conflicts with educational sessions.

 

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