New details are now available regarding Australia’s premier industry conference, the BodyShop News International Collision Congress (BICC) – a number of sessions have been confirmed and additional leading industry speakers who will appear at the event have been announced.
Supported by some of the global collision repair industry’s biggest suppliers, the BICC will commence with an exclusive black-tie welcome dinner on Tuesday 25 July, hosted by Australian driving champion Cameron McConville. In addition to being Master Of Ceremonies, McConville will share his experience driving for some of the country’s most famous racing teams including Dick Johnson Racing, Holden Racing Team and Garry Rogers Motorsport. He will also share the secret to developing a winning mindset, excelling under pressure, and overcoming adversity, all of which can be applied to business management.
The dinner will be followed by a full day of lively and insightful presentations. Under the theme of ‘Leading the Way to a Better 2024’, the congress will commence with an official welcome by BodyShop News Publisher Michel Malik, followed by the keynote address.
The first session, ‘Leading the Way to a Better 2024 – Supporting your success’, will follow and be moderated by Kathy Zdravevski, Industry Policy Advisor at the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and Motor Vehicle Insurance and Repair Industry Code of Conduct Administration Committee representative for the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA). Zdravevski will be joined on stage by a panel of experts from industry associations including the MTA NSW, MTA SA / NT, the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA), VACC and MTAA.
Another session will feature Dave Luehr, founder and owner of Elite Bodyshop Solutions in the USA, who will present ‘Thriving in Chaos – Why do some succeed wildly while others struggle?’ A collision industry expert, author, and business coach, Luehr believes that for some businesses, now is the greatest time in history to be in the collision repair business. During the session, Luehr and his panellists will share the attitudes, cultures, and practices of those who have fostered a change-driven organisation and risen to the top.
A third presentation, ‘Alternative Supply Chain Models – The new normal becoming just normal’, will be led by supply chain expert Chris Daglis, Managing Director of Auto PARTnered Solutions. Daglis and his panellists will debate the impact of reactive and unpredictable supply chain models, why the industry continues to use them, and alternative supply chain models providing early adopters significant operational and financial benefits, not just pre-perceived cost savings.
These are just some of the sessions that will be at the BICC in July, to be held at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. The event is supported by the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) and sponsored by ACM Parts, Celette, Sherwin-Williams, and the VACC, with more sponsors set to be announced in the near future.