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Events » 2019 ABPA Annual Meeting and Convention

The 39th ABPA Annual Meeting and Convention will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort from April 30 – May 3, 2019. This beautiful beachside property is located right in the center of the action.

As we get closer to the date, more details such as speakers and the schedule will be announced.

Mark your calendars now – we look forward to seeing you in Fort Lauderdale!

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Registration for the ABPA Convention is a two-step process. You will need to reserve your room at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, and then register for the Convention itself. The links for each step are provided below.

Step 1: Hotel Reservation

The ABPA has secured a special room rate of $195 per night at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. A block of rooms has been reserved for April 25 – May 8, 2019. The special room rate will be available until April 5, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Click the link below to reserve your room!

Link: Hotel Reservation

Step 2: Convention Registration

The ABPA has partnered with Eventbrite to provide registration services for the 2019 Convention. Click the link below to get started.

Link: Convention Registration

We offer two registration package options: Gold and Silver. The Gold package includes access to all events and dinners throughout the entire Convention (Tuesday through Friday). Note that the Golf Tournament and Boat Ride Tour add-on events are not included in this package (add-on options for these events will be added soon). The Silver package includes access to all events and dinners on the last 2 days only (Thursday and Friday). An add-on package option will also be available for those interested in bringing family members.

Note: We currently have “early-bird” discount pricing in effect, which expires on February 16, 2019. Be sure to register before then for the maximum discount!

Schedule of Events

The convention will feature updates on the ABPA, keynote speakers, informational breakout sessions, and more! The detailed schedule is available below.

More details about the breakout sessions will be available as we get closer to the event.

Tuesday (4/30/2019)
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Registration Opens (Atlantic Foyer)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Welcoming Reception (Ocean Terrace)
Wednesday (5/1/2019)
7:30 am Golfers Depart (Lobby)
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibitors Tabletop Setup (Atlantic Ballroom)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Optional Water Taxi Boat Ride
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm NABC Vehicle Giveaway (Parking lot outside of meeting space)
6:00 pm Registration re-opens (Atlantic Foyer)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception (Atlantic Ballroom)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tradeshow and Reception Dinner (Atlantic Ballroom)
Thursday (5/2/2019)
7:30 am Registration re-opens (Atlantic Foyer)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast Buffet (Atlantic Ballroom)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm First Business Session (Atlantic Ballroom)
9:00 am – 9:10 am Chris Northup, ABPA Chairman
Anti-Trust Statement and Opening Comments
9:10 am – 9:25 am Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director
State of the Association
9:25 am – 9:45 am Ray Colas, LKQ
Legislative and Regulatory Issues
9:45 am – 10:30 am Peter Quinter, GrayRobinson, P.A.

Peter is Chair of the U.S. Customs and International Trade Law Group at the 300 lawyer, Florida law firm of Gray Robinson, P.A. Mr. Quinter represents importers, exporters, and logistics companies regarding virtually anything to do with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for both compliance and enforcement matters. Peter graduated from Cornell University and The American University’s Washington College of Law. After law school, he worked as an attorney for U.S. Customs in the Office of Chief Counsel in Miami, Florida. In 1994, he joined the private practice of law, and has represented companies all over the world in their import and export transactions. Peter lectures often on the topic of international trade in the United States and around the world, including for the U.S. Department of Commerce as a guest of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan in 2012. He has been profiled in Barron’s and Florida Trend magazine, is regularly quoted in local newspapers, and has appeared live on CNBC regarding international trade with Cuba. He is former Chair of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is currently the Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the American Bar Association. Peter has handled more detentions and seizures by U.S. Customs than any other attorney in the United States. In 2017, he sued the United States regarding a seizure of auto parts by U.S. Customs in Jacksonville, Florida, for alleged counterfeiting, and won.
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Keynote: “Customs and Border Protection Detentions and Seizures of Imported Merchandise for Alleged Counterfeiting and Violating ITC Orders”
10:30 am – 11:15 am Greg Horn, Hartford Insurance Company

Greg is the Assistant Vice President of Auto and Property Claims Strategy at the Hartford. Based in St. Louis, MO, he works with a team of specialists to create the optimal operating workflows for claims resolution. Prior to joining the Hartford, Greg was Vice President, Industry Relations and data analytics, for Mitchell International. Greg came to Mitchell from the auto insurance claims area, having held leadership positions at GMAC Insurance, National Grange Mutual and Leader/Transport Insurance Companies. During his career, Greg served on the I-CAR education foundation, the General Motors Safety Council and GM Fixed Operations Advisory Committee. Greg recently served two years as trustee on the Collision Industry Foundation.
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Keynote: “Industry Overview of Accident Data, Trends in Repair and the Increasing Need for Alternate Parts Use”
11:15 am – 11:35 am Bill Langley, CCC Information Systems
Update on the CCC Program
11:35 am – 12:00 pm Rob Barkley, AutoNation
Introduction to ABPA Board Candidates
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Awards Lunch (Atlantic Ballroom)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Educational Breakout Sessions
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CAPA/Intertek (Atlantic Ballroom)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm NSF International (Atlantic III)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PartsTrader (Atlantic Ballroom)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CCC Information Systems (Atlantic Ballroom)
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception (Pool Deck)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dinner (Pool Deck)
Friday (5/3/2019)
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast (Atlantic Ballroom)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Second Business Session (Atlantic Ballroom)
9:00 am – 9:45 am Jason Bartanen, I-CAR

As Director, Industry Technical Relations at I-CAR®, Bartanen is leading I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support® (RTS) Initiative. Prior to I-CAR, Bartanen worked part time as a collision repair technician, while pursuing his BA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Bartanen is a member of the collision repair and refinish advisory committees at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Bartanen is also a member of the SkillsUSA National Collision Repair Technology committee and is the segment leader for the collision repair, attachment methods segment.
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Keynote: “ADAS Technologies and the Challenges in the Collision Repair Process”
9:45 am – 10:05 am Jeff Schroder, Car-Part.com
Update on the Car-Part.com Program
10:05 am – 10:45 am Daniel Morris, Dentons Law Firm

Daniel is a member of Dentons’ International Dispute Resolution and International Trade practices. His litigation practice is grounded in his experience in business disputes in state and federal court, and emphasizes advising international clients on how best to protect their interests in cross-border disputes. He also handles cross-border enforcement of arbitration awards and court judgments. His trade practice includes advising on customs and tariff matters, as well as resolving adverse administrative rulings.
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Keynote: “One Year In: Navigating the Rough Seas of a New Tariff and Trade Policy”
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Open Microphone / Q&A
12:00 pm Adjournment


The ABPA is grateful to its sponsors for their support! Several levels of support are available – see the Tabletop and Sponsorship Application section below for details. All sponsors will get their name, website link, and logo (depending on the support level) added to this page!

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Tabletop and Sponsorship Application

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 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 2019 Convention a success for all attendees. For sponsorship information, click the link below:

PDF: Tabletop and Sponsorship Application

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