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By Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director November means another annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA / AAPEX show. When I tell non-industry friends that I am heading out for this event, the first reaction that I get from many of them is, “Oh wow! That sounds like so much fun! I have always wanted Read more…


by Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director Sunny Orange County, California was the new location for the 2016 NACE show.  This was the first year that NACE has been held in on the West Coast, with the last two events being held in Detroit and Las Vegas. With the change in venue, the show opened itself up to Read more…


The 2016 International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) was held from May 23-26, at the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona, Spain. For North Americans who are not familiar with IBIS, it is an annual conference established to provide a forum for insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, multi-site collision repair operators (MSOs), and associated businesses in the collision repair industry. Read more…


The annual AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo) and SEMA automotive trade shows once again combined forces in Las Vegas in early November. A local marketing expert – the cabbie who drove me from the airport to my hotel – informed me that “auto week” is the largest single draw in Vegas every year, with 140,000 people flocking Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The “Motor City” of Detroit played host to NACE, one of the automotive industry’s largest events. This was the second year in a row that NACE was held in Detroit, and it will return again in 2017, after a stop in Anaheim, CA next year. NACE officials claimed attendance was up from Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director and Karen Fierst While most of the U.S. suffered under a prolonged cold spell in mid-January, collision industry leaders gathered in warm temperatures and under blue skies at the annual Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Palm Springs, California on January 15-17. As usual during CIC Week there were a multitude of activities. Read more…


Las Vegas, Nevada was once again the location for this year’s SEMA / AAPEX show. There are few industry events where ABPA members can meet with their piers, insurers, body shop leaders, and the manufacturers. Every year many ABPA members make this annual trek to the desert to meet with business colleagues and vendors, and to have some Read more…

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