MSO Symposium 2017 Complete Agenda & Speaker Lineup Announced

The MSO Symposium, the exclusive and preeminent meeting for executives in the collision repair industry, has announced the complete agenda and speaker lineup for the 2017 event. The sixth annual MSO Symposium will take place Wednesday, July 26 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, during NACE AUTOMECHANIKA CHICAGO

The dynamic agenda is available below, with content aimed at providing vital business growth insight and strategy, created by this year’s Industry Advisory Board.

6th Annual MSO Symposium Agenda
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Registration & Check-In
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Private Luncheon
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — A Look Into the Future: Susanna Gostch, CCC Information Services
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — A Snapshot of the Collision Industry Today: Vincent Romans, The Romans Group, LLC
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Moving Parts: How Insurers are Responding to Vehicle Technology and Reparability Challenges and the Growing Influence of OEMS: Kyle Thompson, USAA; Sandee Lindorfer, Allstate; Chris Andreoli, Progressive; Russ Hoffbauer, State Farm; Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors, LLC (Moderator)
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — The OEM Paradigm Shift: Gary LeDoux, Honda; John Eck, GM; Benito Cid, Mercedes Benz; Mark Mandl, Ford; Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors, LLC (Moderator)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Refreshment and Networking Break: Sponsored by BASF
3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. — What I learned from growing and exiting my MSO: Lessons from those who have “Been There / Done That”: AJ Leone, Main Gate Management, LLC; Pat James, Retired MSO Owner; Aaron Clark, Assured Performance Network; John Walcher, Veritas Advisors, Inc. (Moderator).
4:10 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. — To Certify or Not to Certify: Jim Keller, ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Joe Amodei, The Collision Centers of New York; Rick Wood, Cooks Collision; Vince Brock, Procare Collisions Centers; Russell Thrall III, CollisionWeek (Moderator)
4:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — State and Federal Government Policies Do Impact Your Business: Wayne Weikel, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Bob Redding, Automotive Service Association
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Private MSO Symposium Reception

Executives representing MSOs, along with multi-location and single location collision repair executives are invited to attend this closed meeting. The event is also open to property and casualty insurance company executives.

Paul Gange, President & CEO, Fix Auto, commented, “Similar to years past, this program is being developed with guidance and direction from leadership in the industry. The Advisory Board determined that the content and speakers for 2017 reflect the issues attendees want and need to help grow their businesses.” Paul is serving as Chairman of the Advisory Board and the Master of Ceremonies.

Dan Risley, President and Executive Director, ASA, stated, “This continues to be one of the premier events in the industry dedicated to the most progressive operators in the collision repair market. It can be best characterized as the premier event where executives from the collision and insurance industry coalesce. In addition to an exemplary lineup of speakers and content, the networking opportunities to share knowledge and information amongst peers across various segments of the industry is unparalleled.”

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