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ABPA 2023 Nashville Convention

The 43rd ABPA Annual Meeting and Convention will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown from April 25-27, 2023. After numerous site visits by the ABPA Convention Committee members, the DoubleTree was chosen for its ideal location in downtown Nashville, their modern meeting space, and tremendous value for our attendees.

The ABPA Convention is the place to be to meet and network with the major players in our industry. In attendance will be parts distributors, manufacturers, vendors, and electronic information providers. In addition to a full schedule of informative speakers and breakout sessions, the ABPA will be hosting a special dinner party at the Lookout Rooftop at Ole Red on Thursday evening, 4/27/23. You will not want to miss this incredible event!

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

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Registration

Registration is a two-step process. You will need to reserve your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown, and then register for the Convention itself.

Step 1: Hotel Reservation

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the DoubleTree is next to Printer’s Alley and a five-minute walk from Broadway’s row of bars and honky-tonks. The Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, and the Country Music Hall of Fame are half a mile away. The ABPA has secured a special rate of $259 per night which offers a tremendous value for attendees.

To book your hotel room and get the discounted ABPA rate, click on the link below:

Link: Hotel Reservation

Step 2: Convention Registration

The ABPA has partnered with Eventbrite to provide registration services for the 2023 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 meals throughout the entire Convention (Tuesday through Thursday). The Silver package includes access to all events and meals on the last 2 days only (Wednesday and Thursday). If you are interested in bringing family members at a discounted rate, please contact the ABPA office directly at 800-323-5832.

Special Events

Annual ABPA Golf Event – Wednesday 4/26/23

Join us at the annual ABPA golf event which will be held at the nearby Gaylord Springs Golf Course. Your golf fee covers green fees, cart, food, and transport between the course and the ABPA site hotel. If you like to golf, you need to join us! Please select the golf add-on ticket when you are registering for the convention.

Rooftop Dinner and Drinks at the Lookout Rooftop in Ole Red – Thursday 4/27/23

Enjoy a final night in Nashville with your industry friends at the ABPA rooftop party in Ole Red in Downtown Nashville. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and live music – all included with your ABPA registration package!

Schedule of Events

Tuesday (4/25/2023)
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Board of Director’s Meeting
3:00 pm Registration opens (Cumberland South Foyer)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Exhibitors Tabletop Setup (Salon C/D/E)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Welcome Reception (Cumberland Ballroom Foyer)
Wednesday (4/26/2023)
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
Opening comments
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 (location TBA) – 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)
Thursday (4/27/2023)
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 Tom Tucker, Safelite
“Global Overview of Right to Repair” Tom 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, Odum Wu – Tractable, 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 Aftermarket 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 & Odum 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, Gorilla 76 Marketing
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 – 5:00 pm Open meeting time to network and meet with our vendors!
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Offsite Dinner at the Lookout Rooftop at Ole Red! – Join us for an amazing evening of great food, drinks, and live music at our evening dinner event at the Lookout Rooftop in Ole Red. This is an event not to be missed! Admission is included with your ABPA registration.

Speakers

Justin Rzepka, Consumer Access to Repair (CAR) Coalition

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 Horn, PartsTrader

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, Certified Aftermarket Parts Association (CAPA)

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.

Brandon Eckenrode, Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF)

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 Spears, Tractable AI

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, Gorilla 76

Mary Keough is a Senior Marketing Strategist 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, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)

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.

Sponsors

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!

The ABPA is grateful to these sponsors for their support of the 2023 convention!

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

Tabletop and Sponsorship Application

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 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 2023 Convention a success for all attendees. For sponsorship information, click the link below:

PDF: Tabletop and Sponsorship Application

Advocacy

ABPA Partners

The ABPA is proud to be a partner and support the advocacy efforts of:

My Parts Choice
CAR Coalition

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