The Collision Industry Expo was free and welcomed collision repairers, insurers, vendors and students from Utah and surrounding areas. UABA Executive Director Chaney thought that it came together beautifully and is already looking to next year’s trade show. “For a first-time event, this went well,” she said. “We’d like to thank Automotive Industry Supply for stepping up and making it all happen. We had nearly 100 attendees and a wide range of vendors offering different products and services, so we’re happy and looking for 2015.”
Cary Robarge, vice president of the Utah Auto Body Association was also enthused by the trade show’s turnout and the great reactions by body shop owners in Utah. “It was our first annual Collision Industry Expo in Salt Lake," he said. “The Utah Auto Body Association is working to bring more education and training to Utah, and we're proud to bring this high level of education, training and networking to the collision industry. We have to be prepared for what is coming, and now is the time to do it.”
Kristen Felder of CollisionHub and Engage Target Media was the event’s luncheon keynote speaker. In her presentation, she analyzed industry trends to present a picture of what the collision repair industry might look like in the future. Chaney was impressed by Felder’s talk and thought it provided invaluable information for the body shop professionals at the luncheon.
“Kristen is a dynamic speaker and she really entertained and educated us,” Chaney said. “She gave us a glimpse of the future in this industry and it was eye-opening in many ways. In collision, information is king, so whenever we get a chance to gather useful, timely and relevant information from a speaker, it’s great.”
Felder was happy to see a healthy turnout for her speech. “This is my second opportunity to meet and work with the Utah collision industry,” said Felder. "It's good to see the positive forward movement of this young association.”