Auto Care Association Boss Bill Hanvey Headlines CRE Business Education Programme

Bill Hanvey, President and Chief Executive Officer of the US-based Auto Care Association, will headline the business education programme at the 2024 Collision Repair Expo. According to the organiser, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), Hanvey will speak exclusively to attendees on the important topics of global aftermarket trends, the right to repair, and skills shortages.

“Education is a crucial mechanism to ensure our industry is sustainable and continues to grow,” said Hanvey. “I am looking forward to contributing my insights and knowledge to the comprehensive education programme being offered at the Expo, and to once again meeting with many Australian and international industry leaders at the Expo.”

The AAAA said the Expos’ free-to-trade, tailored education sessions will equip attendees with the insights they need to prepare their business for the future amid a rapidly evolving industry and economic landscape.

“It is our goal to provide trade visitors to the Expos with the tools and knowledge they need to make well-informed decisions for their businesses,” said Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA. “We couldn’t be more excited to be delivering this all-encompassing programme which will help visitors increase their business profitability, understand future trends, and take advantage of workplace efficiencies.

Charity will also speak during the programme, along with Wayne Bryant, CEO Automotive Division at GPC; Steve Drummy, EGM Trade at Bapcor; Lesley Yates, Director Government Relations and Advocacy at the AAAA; Adam Gillick, Group Marketing Manager at Pedders; Adam Pay, CEO of mycar Tyre & Auto; and Bradley Gannon, CEO Automotive at Capricorn Society.

The programme additionally includes topics such as local area marketing, demonstrating the motor vehicle information scheme, finding and keeping great employees, preparing your workshop for electrification, improving work life balance and increasing business profitability.

There will also be an exclusive collision repair training programme with leading international experts Dirk Fuchs and Robert Snook, while the Expo Electrified Zone will offer unique opportunities to learn about EV and hybrid service and repair. These sessions will include hands-on and practical demonstrations and live testing of EV motors and generators, while the ADAS Technology Zone will showcase ADAS calibration demonstrations and answer important questions related to the field.

The Collision Repair Expo, sponsored by the SAPE Group and co-located with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo, will feature more than 400 leading brands showcasing the latest equipment, technology, parts, and accessories to over 9,000 trade visitors, a networking event on the show floor, vehicle display area, celebrity appearances and competitions.

The combined Expos will take place from 11 to 13 April 2024 at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre. For more information and to register for free, visit