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2016 MSO Symposium Agenda and Topics Announced

msoDetails have been announced for the 2016 MSO Symposium, taking place during NACE | CARS on Thursday, August 11 in Anaheim, CA. The sought-after program will cover business growth, M&A, private equity, insurance and industry trends, management-focused topics, industry trends and market intelligence. The Symposium features support from several sponsors, including Car-O-Liner, Axalta, AkzoNobel, Arrowhead Insurance, AudaExplore, and Celette.

Now in its 6th year, this popular and exclusive event draws attendance from dynamic and fast-growth multi-shop operators throughout the collision repair industry. This year, the Symposium incorporates a broader group of collision repair executives, allowing more inclusivity for some of the best operators in the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium will open on Thursday, August 11 with a private luncheon at noon and conclude with a private reception at 6:00 pm.

Here is the agenda-at-a-glance:

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Industry Update

PRESENTER: Vincent Romans, Founding Principal & Managing Partner, The Romans Group

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Insurer Panel

MODERATOR: Marcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors LLC
PANELISTS: Russ Hoffbauer, State Farm; Clint Marlow, Allstate; Chris Andreoli, Progressive

3:00pm – 3:30pm: A Capital Markets View of Collision Around the World

PRESENTER: Rex Green, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Automotive Aftermarket Investment Banking at Jefferies LLC

3:30pm – 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm – 5:15pm: MSO Panel

MODERATORS: John Walcher, Veritas Advisors, Inc.; Dave Roberts, FOCUS Investment Banking LLC
PANELISTS: Jeff Middleton, Exhibition Automotive CARSTAR; Jake Nossaman, Collision Work; Jim Keller, 1Collision; Darrell Amberson, LaMettry’s Collision; Jim West, CARSTAR Collision Care Centers; Twila Harris, Auto Art; Rick Wood, Cooks Collision

5:15pm – 6:00pm: OE Panel

MODERATOR: Russell Thrall, CollisionWeek
PANELISTS: John Eck, GM; Jeff Hilton, Toyota; Gary Ledoux, Honda; Mark Allen, Audi

View the Full Schedule of Events and Session Details Here.

Beginning in 2015, the MSO Symposium added an advisory board to ensure the sessions are a direct fit for the audience. The advisory board works diligently to build the most competitive and insightful program possible for the industry each year. Advisory board members include: Randy StablerPresident, Pride Collision Centers, Inc.; Erick BickettOwner, Fix Auto; Marcy TiegerPrincipal, Symphony Advisors, LLC.; Mike LeVasseurDirector of Corporate Development, ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Dave RobertsManaging Director, FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC.; Tim AdelmannExecutive Vice President, ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Russell Thrall IIIPublisher & Editor-In-Chief, CollisionWeek; Chris AbrahamCEO, Service King; Scott BenavidezOwner, Mr B’s Paint & Body Shop Inc.; Tony MollaVice President, ASA; Courtland GatesPresident, Vesper Investment Company; Mark SandersPresident & COO, Caliber Collision Centers; Darrell AmbersonPresident of Operations, LaMettry’s Collision; Larry SiembabSr. Director of Insurance Relations, CARSTAR; Tim O’DayPresident & COO, Gerber Collision & Glass; John WalcherPresident, Veritas Advisors, Inc.

The closed and exclusive half-day program is limited to qualified multi-shop owners/operators, large independent shops planning for growth or divestiture, and insurance professionals.

No other event offers this level and diversity of repair training while bringing together all facets of the automotive industry like NACE | CARS. Targeting business owners, management and technicians, this conference & exposition brings together all market segments for the latest and most comprehensive repair solutions, services, education, products and technology.

Make your plans to attend NACE | CARS 2016 in Anaheim and find additional information at or

For information on booking exhibit space or sponsorships, contact Robert Martin at or 832-646-0176.

About the Events
Along with NACE | CARS 2016, a series of automotive repair industry events and co-located meetings will take place August 9 – 14, 2016. There will be a series of Board and other private meetings, the CIC quarterly meeting, a CREF golf fundraiser, I-CAR add-on learning classes, I-CAR stage and demos, ASCCA, CAA, ASA Affiliates, meetings with leading MSO’s and Consolidators, NABC, CIECA, as well as the NACE | CARS Expo and more.

International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) – the world’s collision repair event – represents the only B2B event of its kind specifically designed for collision repair industry professionals from around the globe. NACE features a comprehensive educational Conference and Expo with hundreds of diverse exhibiting companies displaying the latest equipment, products, services and technology available to today’s collision repair industry.

Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) – the premier event for automotive service professionals – features a high-quality education lineup led by industry leaders, along with an exhibitor showcase of automotive service and repair related equipment, products and services.


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