The 43rd ABPA Annual Meeting and Convention was held April 25-27, 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
Refer to the sections below for:
- The final schedule
- Presentation downloads
- Speaker bios
- Sponsors list
Schedule of Events
|8:00 am – 2:00 pm||Board of Director’s Meeting|
|3:00 pm||Registration opens (Cumberland South Foyer)|
|2:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Exhibitors Tabletop Setup (Salon C/D/E)|
|6:00 pm – 10:00 pm||Welcome Reception (Cumberland Ballroom Foyer)|
|6:30 am||Registration re-opens (Cumberland South Foyer)|
|6:30 am – 8:00 am||Breakfast Buffet (Salon C/D/E)|
|8:00 am – 10:00 am||Business Session with Keynote Speakers (Salon C/D/E)|
|8:00 am – 8:10 am||Chris Northup, Chairman, ABPA
|8:10 am – 8:30 am||Ed Salamy, Executive Director, ABPA
Convention welcome and Association updates
|8:30 am – 9:30 am||Greg Horn, PartsTrader
Keynote: “The Collision Industry Update” A look at the parts supply, auto manufacturing and other trends impacting our industry.
|9:30 am – 10:00 am||Justin Rzepka, Executive Director, CAR Coalition
Justin will give a legislative and regulatory update on the automotive right to repair debate taking place at the federal level in Washington
|10:00 am||Golfers Depart (lobby) – A coach bus will transfer golfers to golf course with an expected return to the hotel between 5:15-5:30 pm.|
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Box lunch to go (Salon C/D/E) – Not Golfing? No problem! Grab your box lunch and head out to explore Nashville at your leisure.|
|5:30 pm – 6:30 pm||NABC Vehicle Giveaway (street level outside of hotel, corner 4th and Deadrick) – Join us again this year as we will be working with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) in giving away TWO vehicles to two deserving families.|
|6:30 pm – 7:30 pm||Tradeshow Cocktail Reception (Salon C/D/E) – Take some time to grab a drink, network, and explore the various vendor tables prior to dinner.|
|7:30 pm – 10:00 pm||Tradeshow Dinner (Salon C/D/E)|
|6:30 am||Registration re-opens (Cumberland South Foyer)|
|6:30 am – 8:00 am||Breakfast (Salon C/D/E)|
|8:00 am – 12:00 pm||Business Session with Keynote Speakers (Salon C/D/E)|
|8:00 am – 8:30 am||Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF)
Brandon will update ABPA membership on the CREF program as well as provide recognition to ABPA members who have contributed to local schools.
|8:30 am – 9:00 am||Stacey Miller, Auto Care Association
“Global Overview of Right to Repair” Stacey will provide attendees with an in-depth overview of the Right to Repair movement from Washington DC to the EU and what it means to ABPA members and our industry.
|9:00 am – 10:00 am||Industry Panel Discussion “Current & Future Industry Trends” – Chris Northup – ABPA, Scott Kohl – Kemper, Don Hermanek – Insurance Auto Auctions, Odom Wu – Tractable, Leslie Jones – CCC, John Retton – Progressive Insurance. An informative panel discussion moderated by Chris Northup which will dive into relevant trends in the collision repair industry.|
|10:00 am||Break – Please thank our sponsors and visit their tabletops!|
|10:15 am – 10:45 am||Tony Cotto, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)
Tony will cover the numerous business, legislative, and regulatory pressures facing auto insurers in 2023 and beyond.
|10:45 am – 11:30 am||Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA): Join the CAPA-Intertek staff for a fun-filled interactive session of “Who Wants to be a CAPAnaire”. Test your knowledge of the CAPA Program to see if your industry segment is the best!|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Joseph Tsai, ABPA Vice President
Introduction to ABPA Board candidates and Board elections
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Lunch (Salon C/D/E)|
|1:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Breakout Sessions|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||Jimmy Spears & Odom Wu, Tractable AI
Tractable’s AI and computer vision. An overview and demonstration of computer vision for damage detection and selection of parts replacement. (Salon C/D/E)
|2:00 pm – 3:00 pm||Mark Shin, Partslink
Partslink and Partslink ACES workshop. Have questions regarding the Partslink program? Interested in upgrading your subscription to the ACES format? Mark Shin of Telemark Software will provide a demonstration and answer your questions. (Salon C/D/E)
|3:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Mary Keough, Map My Customers
Digital Marketing: The Key to Unlocking Explosive Business Growth in 2023. If you’re ready to get the framework you need to use digital marketing as your 2023 business growth tool, come to this session. Mary will use real use cases and live examples to show you how to get started today. (Brentwood/Franklin)
|3:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Car-Part.com
Get to Know iPro: Car-Part will give a brief presentation on the Integrated Car Part Pro (iPro) marketplace, which helps increase the availability of parts, specifically hard-to-find aftermarket, recycled, remanufactured, OEM discount and OE surplus parts. iPro has new features including part policy integration, which will be highlighted during the presentation. Partslink mapping enhancements and Car-Part Interchange+ will also be discussed. You won’t want to miss this presentation! (Salon C/D/E)
|4:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Open meeting time to network and meet with our vendors!|
|6:00 pm – 10:00 pm||Offsite Dinner at the Wildhorse Saloon! – Join us for an amazing evening of great food, drinks, games, and live music at our evening dinner event at the Wildhorse Saloon. This is an event not to be missed! Admission is included with your ABPA registration. The Wildhorse is a short walk or drive from the ABPA Hotel. Address: 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201|
Justin is a Principal at BGR Government Affairs and is Co-Chair of the Commerce practice. He performs a key role in the Group’s robust practice that includes telecommunications, technology, transportation, infrastructure and energy. Justin also serves as the Executive Director of the CAR Coalition – a collection of independent parts-makers, insurers and retailers that supports the passage of both the SMART Act and the REPAIR Act.
Greg will discuss the latest news and trends impacting the collision repair industry, including an update on parts delivery trends. Greg is the Chief Innovation Officer at PartsTrader and will have a hand in shaping new product vision and data reporting. Greg brings years of insight working in different roles – especially on the insurance side – and his industry insight brings value to attendees.
Stacy Bartnik is the Intertek Aftermarket Industry Relations Manager for CAPA, where she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key industry stakeholders. Ms. Bartnik has worked in many segments of the collision industry, including Vice President of Operations for a franchise organization, Association Executive Director, Shop Estimator, General Manager, Insurance Adjuster, Trainer and Consultant. Ms. Bartnik was inducted into the Collision Industry Hall of Eagles in 2010.
Eckenrode, who has worked within the collision industry for 20 years, joined CREF’s development team in 2009 to help lead its transformation into a traditional philanthropic organization. Serving as Director of Development since 2012, Eckenrode has driven strong industry partnerships to support collision training programs and their students, helping raise more than $300 million for collision repair education since 2009.
Jimmy is the Head of Automotive for Tractable, which develops artificial intelligence for accident and disaster recovery. Prior to Tractable, he led the USAA Auto Experience and the USAA Global Auto Physical Damage operations and strategy. Before that, he led the Strategic Initiatives team at Farmers Insurance and served on staff at Nationwide Insurance. His presentation will provide an overview and demonstration of computer vision for damage detection and selection of parts replacement.
Mary Keough is Head of Marketing at Map My Customers. She previously worked at the industrial B2B marketing agency, Gorilla 76. She joined Gorilla 76 after helping a leading water tech manufacturer earn leads by repositioning the B2B customer at the front of their strategy. Her relevant work experience has enabled her to design marketing plans that circumvent problems faster and exceed measurable expectations. In a digital world, Mary’s proven approach helps industrial and manufacturing businesses stay ahead.
Tony Cotto is Director of Auto and Underwriting Policy for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), where he provides strategic counsel on all legislative and regulatory matters related to the auto line, underwriting freedom, and risk-based pricing. Before joining NAMIC in 2020, Tony served as an Executive Advisor in the administration of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, overseeing legislative and regulatory reform efforts across more than 35 agencies and licensing boards, including the Department of Insurance.
Stacey Miller is the vice president, communications at Auto Care Association. As an award-winning 15-year communications industry veteran, she and her team have tripled the reach of the association through strategic communications efforts such as data-based storytelling to earn media coverage in mainstream media outlets. Also responsible for developing and implementing an integrated, organization-wide plan to increase global association profile and influence, Stacey has implemented strategies to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media, public officials and key influencers. In 2020, Stacey was named an inaugural “Woman at the Wheel” by AftermarketNews.
The ABPA is grateful to these sponsors for their support of the 2023 convention!