Vincent Romans of The Romans Group during the MSO Symposium in 2015. Romans will present an industry update at the 2017 event in conjunction with Brian Sullivan.

Chicago, Illinois -- March 9, 2017 -- The MSO Symposium has been one of the biggest draws at NACE since the event premiered at the 2011 show in Orlando, Florida. This year’s MSO Symposium is co-located with NACE Automechanika, taking place July 26 to 29 at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois. Collision Repair magazine is the exclusive Canadian media partner for NACE Automechanika.

The MSO Symposium is scheduled for July 26 from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by a reception. Show management advises early booking, as the event often sells out quickly.

The agenda for this year’s MSO Symposium was developed by the Industry Advisory Board. For more on this, please see “MSO Symposium announces Advisory Board for 2017.”

6th Annual MSO Symposium Agenda

12:00 - 1:00: Luncheon

1:00 - 1:30:   Industry Update - presented by Vincent Romans, Brian Sullivan

1:30 - 2:15:   Insurer Panel - moderated by Marcy Tieger, the panel will address the developing gap between car manufacturers and insurers as recommended repair procedures, vehicle scanning, onboard telematics, and repairability take centre stage.

2:15 - 3:00:  OE Panel - moderated by Marcy Tieger, this panel will provide a perspective from the manufacturer’s standpoint of recommended repair procedures, vehicle scanning, and new technology.

3:00 - 3:30:  Refreshment Break

3:30 - 4:10:  MSO Panel - moderated by John Walcher, this panel will address challenges facing MSOs including technology, scan tools, equipment, supplier consolidation, and staffing.

4:10 - 4:50:  MSO Panel II - panel regarding OE certification and training, with leadership representing small, midsize, and large MSOs.

4:50 - 5:30:  Legislation and Regulation - Bob Redding will discuss how the new administration will affect business for the collision repair industry and insurers and what legislation will have the greatest impact on business.

5:30 - 7:00:  Private MSO Symposium Reception

Please note that attendance is limited to qualified members of industry. The MSO Symposium is exclusively attended by high-growth MSOs, owners of large independent repair shops, and property and casualty insurance company executives.

“This is the only event that is exclusive to MSOs, insurance executives, and the strongest independent operators in the collision repair industry,” says Dan Risley, President, Automotive Service Association. “The symposium will provide insight for these top companies and their respective leadership through the sharing of knowledge, experience and information essential to understanding market conditions and preparing for the future.”

To register for the MSO Symposium, please click here.

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