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Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:43

AASP/NJ, WMABA Announce Collision P.R.E.P. Schedule for NORTHEAST 2019

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On Jan. 29, AASP/NJ and the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) proudly announced the schedule for Collision P.R.E.P. (Professional Repairer Education Program), which will take place during the 2019 NORTHEAST ® Automotive Services Show.


The show is scheduled for March 15--17 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.


Collision P.R.E.P. will kick off Friday at 3 p.m. with:


• “Expand Your Customer Base – Reach More Online Collision Repair Customers,” presented by Brent Betts of AP Digital


• “Business Data, Knowing Your Unknowns,” presented by Craig Seelinger, VisionPLUS program manager at BASF


• “Justification for Scanning and Diagnostics,” a new course by Mike Anderson of Collision Advice


The three options available Saturday at 10 a.m. include:


• “OEM Repair Methods and Advanced Technologies,” presented by Dave Gruskos of Reliable Automotive Equipment


• “Today’s Diagnostics, Calibrations, and Programming,” presented by Eric Newell of asTech


• “Write It Right, With Life Nuggets to Live By,” presented by Anderson


At 12:30 p.m., Collision P.R.E.P. will host an OEM Repair Panel on “The Changing Landscape in Certified Repair, and Under the OEM Repair Procedures.” The panelists will be announced soon.


The three options available Saturday afternoon include:


• “Building the Bulletproof File: Documentation for Repair and Reducing Liabilities,” presented by Mark Olson of VECO Experts


• “The Estimate Toolbox: Using FREE Resources to complete an accurate vehicle damage repair plan,” presented by Danny Gredinberg of DEG


• “Safety System Alignment: A New Focus on Body Shop Profitability,” presented by Paul Stern of Liftnow Automotive Equipment


At 5 p.m., K. Michael Bradshaw of K & M Collision will present “Repairer to Repairer: Realities of Structural Repair and Tooling.”


The three options available Sunday morning include:


• “Scanning and Calibration – Getting It Right for Successful ADAS Diagnostics,” presented by Chuck Olsen of AirPro Diagnostics


• “Damage Assessment Documentation: Key Steps for Maximum Reimbursement,” presented by John Shoemaker of BASF


• “Expand Your Customer Base – Reach More Online Collision Repair Customers,” presented by Betts


The three options available Sunday at 12:30 p.m. include:


• “Embracing the Post-Repair Inspection,” presented by David Smith of Auto Damage Experts


• “Not Included Operations – Commonly Missed Items in Estimating,” presented by Gredinberg


• “You Schedule How?” presented by Charlie Whitaker of AkzoNobel


The trade show will be open Friday from 5--10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.--5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.--3 p.m.


Dozens of exhibitors will be in attendance, including Accudraft, asTech, Axalta, 3M, Spanesi, BASF, Mitchell International and many more. As usual, the trade show will include a variety of demonstrations and celebrity appearances and a multitude of networking opportunities.


For more information on NORTHEAST 2019 or to pre-register, visit

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