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Full Atlanta Schedule Posted

The full schedule of events, speakers and breakout sessions for the 2017 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention on April 25-28 has been finalized. We have organized four days of terrific events and informative speakers from across the aftermarket industry, including a return of our popular Educational Breakout Sessions on Thursday afternoon.

It is not too late to register for this important aftermarket industry event. Register online today by clicking here.

Click the link below to download the 2017 Convention Program.

PDF: Program of Events

2017 Annual Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, April 25

  • 9AM: Board of Directors Meeting (Woodruff)
  • 5-8PM: Registration Opens
  • 6-9PM: Welcoming Reception (Rooftop 866)

Wednesday, April 26

  • 7:30AM: Golfers depart (Lobby) – Register Here
  • 12-5PM: Exhibitors Tabletop Setup (Ballroom)
  • 6PM: Registration re-opens
  • 6-9PM: Tradeshow and Reception Dinner (Ballroom)

Thursday, April 27

  • 7:30AM: Registration re-opens
  • 7:30-9:30AM: Breakfast Buffet (Ballroom)
  • 9:00AM-12:30PM: First Business Session w/ keynote speakers (Ballroom)
    • 9-9:10AM: Kim Hicks, opening comments and anti-trust statement
    • 9:10-9:20AM: Jim Smith, President’s speech
    • 9:20-9:30AM: Ed Salamy, Executive Director, state of the association message
    • 9:30-9:45AM: Kim Hicks, Association Board of Directors departing members, introduction of nominees
    • 9:45-10AM: Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation
    • 10-10:20AM: Ray Colas, Legislative and Regulatory Issues
    • 10:20-11AM: Dave Smith, Caliber Collision
    • 11-11:15AM: Break
    • 11:20-12:00PM: Jack Gillis, CAPA Update
  • 12:30-1:30PM: Awards Luncheon
  • 1:30-4:30PM: Educational Breakout Sessions (Rialto A, Rialto B, Chastain A)
  • 5-5:30PM: ABPA Vehicle Giveaway with NABC (front of hotel)
  • 6-9PM: Dinner (Ballroom)
  • 9-11PM: After party sponsored by CCC

Friday, April 28

  • Breakfast 7:30-9AM: (Ballroom)
  • 9AM–12PM: Second Business Session (Ballroom)
    • 9-9:30AM: Bob Frayer, NSF
    • 9:30-9:40AM: Jim Smith, ABPA Lawsuit Update
    • 9:40-10AM: Gerry Poirier, Farmers Insurance
    • 10-11AM: Brad Mewes, Supplement, Consolidation in the automotive aftermarket industry
    • 11-12:00PM: Open Mic for members to address the general audience and Board of Directors
  • 12PM: Adjournment


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