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Events » 2018 ABPA Annual Meeting and Convention

The 2018 ABPA Annual Meeting and Convention will be held April 24–27, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday (4/24)
9:00 am Board of Directors Meeting (PDR)
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration Opens (Fresco’s Lounge)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Welcoming Reception (Fresco’s Lounge)
Wednesday (4/25)
7:30 am Golfers depart (Lobby)
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibitors Tabletop Setup (Riviera – St. Tropez)
6:00 pm Registration re-opens (Hallway in meeting space area)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception w/ Tribute to Stan Rodman (Riviera – St. Tropez)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tradeshow and Reception Dinner (Riviera – St. Tropez)
Thursday (4/26)
7:30 am Registration re-opens (Hallway in meeting space area)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast Buffet (Riviera – St. Tropez)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm First Business Session (Riviera – St. Tropez)
9:00 am – 9:10 am Kim Hicks, ABPA Chairman
Anti-Trust Statement / Opening Comments
9:10 am – 9:20 am Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director
Executive Director – State of the Association
9:20 am – 9:40 am Ray Colas, LKQ
Legislative and Regulatory Issues
9:40 am – 10:20 am Bob Frayer, NSF
Update on the NSF Program
10:20 am – 11:00 am Steve Fodor, Customs Services & Solutions Inc.
Keynote: “The Ever-Changing World of Importing into the USA”
11:00 am – 11:40 am Kerry Tapio, Intertek
Update on the CAPA Program
11:40 am – 12:00 pm Kim Hicks, ABPA Chairman
Introduction to Board Candidates
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Awards Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Educational Breakout Sessions (Capri, Riviera – St. Tropez)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CAPA/Intertek (Riviera – St. Tropez)
Vehicle Test Fit (VTF)
Intertek, CAPA’s Validator, will be conducting a live demonstration that will highlight some of the unique steps that CAPA developed that are required for CAPA 301 – Lighting Parts. First, we will show how the in-vehicle position of the lamp is measured using a 3D scanner. This dimensional data is used to create an accurate fixture for photometric testing to meet Federal requirements, such as FMVSS 108. Then, one of our ASE-licensed technicians will walk through the Vehicle Test Fit (VTF) process which was established by CAPA beginning in 1999 to validate the fit, function and appearance of the aftermarket and OEM service parts.
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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm NSF International (Capri)
Bob Frayer, NSF Registration: “Certification and Risk Mitigation”
The Tracy lawsuit has dominated the headlines over the past several months and sensitized the market to the potential risks for those involved in vehicle repair. If you sell aftermarket automotive parts, you are at risk of being named in a lawsuit. How can you use certification to minimize that risk? Learn more by attending Bob Frayer’s (NSF International Automotive Global Managing Director) breakout session.
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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Car-Part.com (Riviera – St. Tropez)
Jeff Schroder
Jeff Schroder from Car-Part.com will discuss the estimating systems’ migration to CIECA BMS and the potential impact on the collision parts marketplace. Analytics from the Integrated Car Part Pro marketplace will also be discussed and related to the CIECA BMS migration.
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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Shippabo (Riviera – St. Tropez)
Nina Luu: “Shippabo – Improving Your Supply Chain and Shipping with SKU-Level Visibility”
Nina Luu, co-founder and CEO of Shippabo, the Los Angeles-based cloud-based supply chain management platform company, will lead a session on tackling shipping challenges for the auto parts industry. She will discuss ways that ABPA members can get greater SKU-level visibility, better pricing including clear unit cost, and actionable data to shipments, so that our businesses can oversee their supply chain from anywhere, at any time, and on their terms. Nina will discuss auto supply chain best practices and how to leverage direct carrier contracts to increase your bottom line, while maintaining compliance. Attendees will be empowered with the tools to building a more efficient shipping structure.
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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PartsTrader (Capri)
Dave Apseloff, PartsTrader: “Aftermarket Supplier Sales Opportunities & Strategies”
This session is designed to help suppliers understand the emerging sales opportunities within the PartsTrader marketplace and how they can implement strategies, tools & solutions to efficiently access and convert these opportunities into new sales. Other technical and setup questions will be addressed including the PartsTrader Premier Supplier program.
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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm JSC Group (Capri)
Jim Smith: “Improving the Sales to the Insurance Driven Market”
The session is geared to better understanding the insurance driven market and improving your company metrics to win more of that business.
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5:00 pm – 5:30 pm NABC Vehicle Giveaway (Parking lot outside of meeting space)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception (Fresco’s Lounge)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner (Bayside Terrace)
Friday (4/27)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast (Riviera – St. Tropez)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Second Business Session (Riviera – St. Tropez)
9:00 am – 9:45 am Peter Bishop, CCC Information Services
Update on the CCC Program
9:45 am – 10:05 am Patrick Burnett, Nationwide Insurance
Nationwide Insurance
10:05 am – 10:15 am Jim Smith, JSC Group
ABPA vs. Ford Lawsuit Update
10:15 am – 10:50 am Senator Mark Pryor (D – AR)
QPC Update / Navigating the Sea of Legislation
10:50 am – 11:40 am George Avery, Avery Knows
Keynote: “Anyone Can Give Good Customer Service… When You Feel Like It”
12:00 pm Adjournment


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Tabletop and Sponsorship Application

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 ABPA Convention are available! As an ABPA Sponsor, you will receive the highest rated industry exposure for your business. In addition, you will be supporting the Association and making the 2018 Convention a success for all attendees. For sponsorship information, click the link below:

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The keynote speakers for the 2018 ABPA Convention will be George Avery (Avery Knows) and Steve Fodor (Customs Services & Solutions Inc). See below for their bios and talk topics.

George Avery is available to speak on a variety topics, but his talk, “Anyone can give good customer service… when you feel like it” is the most popular with those who face customers every day. George offers five things to think about long before you ever see a customer. George uses personal experiences with customers as well as those he has worked with during his career to make the audience laugh and think about giving good customer service… and feel like it!

George Avery began his career in the auto body repair industry working as an auto body technician and painter in Southern California. He joined State Farm Insurance working in various roles as an auto estimator, estimator trainer, auto claim representative handling property/injury claims, and management.

George started at the State Farm Home Office in Bloomington Illinois as an auto claims instructor, and was later promoted to management in the Learning and Development department where he was responsible for developing and delivering auto estimating curriculum for auto estimating personnel and management company-wide. He then assumed an Auto Estimating Consultant role in the Property and Casualty Claims department, where his responsibilities included providing guidance and direction to management in multiple states. As a corporate consultant, George served as the committee chair for several corporate committees responsible for auto estimating procedures company-wide. George served as a resource for media requests and managed the State Farm Repair Facility Advisory Council.

Since 2005, George served as the State Farm spokesperson to the auto repair industry. George speaks at local, national, and international industry events providing insight on repair issues with industry associations and trade groups as well as the media. After 37 years, George retired from State Farm Insurance in June of 2016.

George is a Past President of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), has served on the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) Board of Trustees, is a Past Chairman of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), and a recipient of the Hall of Eagles award for his efforts in the auto body repair industry.

Steve Fodor will speak on “The Ever-Changing World of Importing into the USA“. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: recent legislative changes and how they are impacting all importers; U.S. Customs focus on enforcement of regulations and facilitation of trade; the Five Priority Trade Initiatives that drive US Customs’ policies and procedures; proactive steps that importers can take now to keep their imports flowing smoothly; and the particular regulatory efforts that impact the automotive parts industry.

Steve Fodor is Founder and CEO of Customs Services & Solutions, Inc., TradeLogic International Inc., and Association for Trade Compliance (AFTC).

Steve began his logistics career in the early 1980’s in Detroit with CJ Tower & Sons. Having a passion for the industry, Steve obtained his Customs Brokerage license in 1988, and has spent the last 32 years developing expertise in the field.

In Atlanta, Steve has held the position of Southeast Customs Brokerage Manager for Kuehne & Nagel as well as National Draw Back Manager. Later, he was the Regional Customs Brokerage manager for Expeditors International in Atlanta.

In 2004, Steve founded his own customs brokerage firm, Customs Services & Solutions, Inc. In the next few years, TradeLogic International, Inc., a consulting firm dealing in all aspects of logistics and trade was realized. And now, 2016 has brought a new company AFTC to help Importers meet their compliance needs and training in the complexities of importing to the U.S.

Steve has gained his expertise through many years of hands-on work in the industry and enjoyed helping his customers and clients to navigate the variable waters of importing into the U.S.

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