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Automotive Service & Repair Week Briefs

Mechanical Management Symposium: This year’s Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) will include a new event designed for mechanical shop owners called the Mechanical Management Symposium (MMS). This six-hour education program is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10. Tickets for the MMS are included in the purchase of a Super Pass or can be purchased individually online or on-site for $175.

NASTF Annual Meeting: The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will, once again, hold its annual meeting during ASRW. The meeting will run from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 13. The agenda for the meeting includes presentations by the Renewable Fuels Association, AASA and a number of NASTF committees. It is open to all ASRW participants, both attendees and exhibitors. Registration is available online at www.ASRWevents.com. Seating is limited.

CARS 2012: Event organizers are reporting that the size of this year’s Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) will be 73 percent larger in terms of square footage when compared to CARS 2011. CARS is the show held during ASRW dedicated specifically to mechanical service and repair professionals.

Keynote Address: Business turnaround expert Dick Cross will deliver the keynote presentation — titled “Unlock Your Hidden Greatness” — at the opening general session scheduled for 8:45 am to 10:00 am on Thursday, Oct. 11. He will elaborate on concepts from his new release, “Just Run It! Running An Exceptional Business Is Easier Than You Think.” Tickets for the opening general session are included in the purchase of a Super Pass, or are $35 if purchased individually and may be purchased online or on-site in New Orleans.

NACE 2012: This year marks the 30th annual NACE show. Event organizers plan to recognize the 11 companies and the four attendees that have participated in all 30 shows. The four attendees who have attended all 30 NACE events are Jack Caldwell (honorary designation), Jerry Kottschade, Kathy Moyer and Chuck Sulkala. The 11 exhibiting companies are ABRN, ASE, Audatex, Automotive Service Association/Auto Inc., BodyShop Business, Car-O-Liner, H&S Autoshot, I-CAR, Mitchell, Pull-It and Steck Manufacturing.

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