CIECA has announced that its 14th annual conference, CONNEX 2022, will be held at the Embassy Suites St Louis – St Charles in Missouri, USA, on 13 and 14 September. The event will include a line-up of business and technical speakers, networking opportunities, and a vehicle gifting as part of the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides programme.
The conference agenda is yet to be announced, but CIECA said an event highlight will be a tour of Hunter Engineering’s ADAS and calibration centre. The conference’s theme is ‘CIECA Next Gen: Evolving to Meet the Needs of the Collision Industry’.
“With ADAS and autonomous features growing with every model year and new EV models expected from nearly every major manufacturer, technology is at the forefront of automobile design and the driving experience,” said Paul Barry, CIECA’s Executive Director. “All of this technology translates into data, and new repair methods, supply chains, and repair procedures.”
Phil Martinez, CIECA’s Chairman Of The Board Of Trustees, said the conference offers an excellent opportunity to meet and network with leaders from some of the industry’s most influential companies. “We encourage all industry segments to join us for two days of presentations and discussions about emerging technologies, how they impact the collision industry and what CIECA is doing to prepare for the rapidly-changing business environment,” Martinez said.
On the day prior to the conference, NABC will hold the Boone Valley Golf Club Fundraiser in Augusta, Missouri.
“We hope CIECA conference attendees will be able to attend and help us continue our mission to develop, implement and promote community-based initiatives that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision repair industry,” said Bill Garoutte, President and CEO of NABC and the master of ceremonies at the conference.
All industry stakeholders, including CIECA members and non-members, are invited to attend the conference and golfing fundraiser. For information about early-bird conference registration rates and hotel rooms, click here.