Detroit, Michigan — July 11, 2014 — Designed for collision repair multi-shop operators, as well as operators looking for high-growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, divesting, and operational excellence, the Collision Repair Executive Symposium (CRES), features a day of education and networking opportunities. CRES registration includes an Expo Pass (valid July 31 & August 1), admission to The Assembly â€“ Industry Forum, General Session, Show Floor Receptions, CRES VIP Reception + Breakfast & Lunch during the Symposium with the option to also purchase a Super Pass.
8:00 AM â€“ 8:30 AM: Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM â€“ 10:00 AM: Market Dynamics Changing in vehicle ownership and driving patterns, ride-sharing, collision avoidance technologies, usage based insurance and vehicle telematics are just some of the latest factors influencing the current marketplace. Learn from insurance and collision industry executives about how these trends having impacted todayâ€™s market and will influence the future market for collision repairs.
Moderator: Russell Thrall III, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, CollisionWeek
Participants: Joseph Funk, Vice President, AIG Complex Casualty Claims
Susanna Gotsch, Director, Industry Analyst, CCC Information Services, Inc.
**NEW** Randy Hanson, Claim Director, Allstate Insurance
10:00 AM â€“ 11:30 AM: Maximizing Capacity Utilization Collision repair operating models are constantly evolving in response to both the marketplace and the desire to continuously improve the business. Increasingly, successful repair facility operators are focusing their operations on maximizing their capacity utilization to assure top level Key Performance Indicator performance and assure growth.
Moderator: Erick Bickett, CEO, Fix Auto USA
Participants: Paul Krauss, President and CEO, Craftsman Auto Body
**NEW** Don Mikrut, Vice President of CarCare Collision Centers
**NEW** Joe Amodei, Founder and CEO of The Collision Centers of New York
**NEW** Rick Wood, co-CEO of Cooks Collision Centers
**NEW** Mark Sanders, President and Chief Operating Officer, Caliber Collision Centers
**NEW** David Braun, Principal with Nexsyis Collision, Inc.
11:30 AM â€“ 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:30 PM â€“ 2:00 PM: Changing Vehicle Design and Increasing Repair Complexity Everyone knows that the vehicles repaired today are vastly different from those of just five years ago. And, the pace of change will continue for many years to come.
Learn how the industry is:
– Planning their investments in plant and equipment necessary to repair the every changing automobile
– Building cultures geared for technical excellence
– Assuring the right car, gets the right repair, by the right technician at the right repair facility
Moderator: Roger Wright, Industry Executive
Participants: Bill Brower, Vice President & Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Marty Iverson, Executive Vice President of Business Development for North America, Innovation Group
Patrick Burnett, Associate Vice President of Property and Casualty Claims – Material Damage, Nationwide Insurance
Aaron Marshall, Marshall Auto Body
David Goldstein, Senior Vice President â€“ Operations (California and Nevada), Caliber
2:00 PM â€“ 3:30 PM: Anatomy of an Acquisition Geared to small and mid-size MSOâ€™s, this â€œmockâ€ acquisition will go through the various steps of a transaction, looking at critical issues from both the buyer and the sellerâ€™s viewpoint. Topics will include pre-sale preparation, understanding how businesses are valued, confidentiality, due diligence, deal structure and negotiation strategy.
Moderator: Marcy Tieger, Managing Director, Symphony Advisors, LLC
Participants: John Walcher, President of Veritas Advisors, Inc.
Will Johnston, Vice President of Acquisitions, Service King