On behalf of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Board of Directors, management, and staff, thank you to everyone who participated in NACE | CARS 2015. Those who traveled to Detroit this year experienced more educational classes and training then ever; some of it included OE training that had never been seen before! Visitors also met celebrities, viewed the latest technology offerings on the exhibit floor, toured automotive museums and manufacturing plants, and networked with industry peers…
NACE | CARS 2015 grew for its second year in a row. We realized modest growth in both attendance and exhibit space. In addition, we had visitors from 39 countries, once again validating the appeal and draw internationally. In an effort to bring the industry together, there were many co-located industry meetings and events, further promoting the unity we desire. The MSO Symposium grew significantly over 2014 in large part to the input and direction provided by the newly established Advisory Council. The introduction of the Service Repair Leadership Forum (SRLF) exceeded all expectations as the owners, managers, and leaders of the service repair industry came together to network and gain knowledge about the future of the industry. And who could forget the Technology and Telematics Forum. The information was so fresh and cutting edge that attendees were given information that they’ve never been exposed to before.
Plans for NACE | CARS 2016 in Anaheim are well underway. Numerous surveys, meetings, and other input provided by the Exhibitor Advisory Council have provided feedback on how we can improve the event for attendees and exhibitors in the coming year. While you can expect to see a large number of co-located events and even stronger education programs than in 2015, you will see changes in scheduling that allow attendees to spend more time on the exhibit floor where live demonstrations and free training courses will take place. Tours and other events will also take place outside of show hours.
Early feedback about Anaheim has been extremely favorable and the excitement from those residing on the west coast is encouraging. We look forward to having a successful NACE | CARS in an area of the country that has one of the largest concentrations of shops in the United States. Thank you again for your support and involvement. And, as always, we welcome your ideas and input to help deliver information, content, training, networking opportunities and alike to continually provide you and your business the competitive edge in your market and with your customers.
Dan Risley, ASA President