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Event & Trade Show Briefs 4/17/13

• Three Chicago-area shop owners will discuss what is important to them at the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, which will be held May 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL. The panel discussion led by Ron Pyle, president and chief staff executive of ASA. For more information or to register for GAAS, visit or call (301) 654-6664.

• The NASTF Fall 2013 General Meeting will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Sands Expo center during Industry Week. The meeting provides aftermarket technicians and shop owners the chance to interact directly with OEM service operations managers.

• According to event organizers, the 2013 Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo event, held March 7-10 in Kansas City, drew 330 first-time attendees and 28 first-time exhibitors.

Cathy Bonner, chairman of Service King Collision Repair Centers, will be a featured speaker at the 2013 Paint, Body & Equipment Specialists Spring Conference, May 14-16 at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale. Bonner will address her company’s vision for expansion, the Carlyle Group’s entry into the industry and the outlook on multi-shop consolidation. For more information, visit

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