MSO Symposium Date Announcement; 3rd Annual Event to Take Place During NACE

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Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) is pleased to announce the much anticipated 3rd Annual MSO Symposium will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The date was chosen based on popular vote from past MSO attendees.

Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) is pleased to announce the much anticipated 3rd annual MSO Symposium will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The date was chosen based on popular vote from past MSO attendees, and exact times for the day-long program will be announced soon. ASRW is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, with education beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Attendance to this highly sought after event will again be limited to qualified collision repair multiple-location operators (MSOs) with two or more locations. However, new this year, the symposium will open 75 seats on a first-come, first-served basis to single collision repair owners interested in expanding their business. Registration is open and the fee to attend is $200/$250 after Aug. 22. Group-rate registrations are also available for repair organizations with multiple executives who wish to attend.

“While ASRW is a key annual event for all collision repair business owners, operators and repair industry participants, the MSO Symposium is designed to provide a unique array of content specifically for the collision repair multiple location operator segment,” said Vincent Romans, The Romans Group, producer of the MSO Symposium. “Based on ongoing feedback and input, we are busy finalizing an agenda that we believe will be of interest to MSOs,” added Romans.

Content highlights for this year’s symposium will include topics related to leadership, business continuity and succession planning, private equity, MSO panel presentations and discussions on their business, market, financial and strategic focus, and development and insight about international MSOs. Additional details regarding the content will be released in the coming weeks.

Also new this year, a portion of the symposium will be open to the press. Members of the press will also be permitted to attend the evening networking reception at the conclusion of the symposium.

The 2013 MSO Symposium is produced by ASA, The Romans Group and NACE. Sponsors of the symposium (to date) include Axalta Coating Systems, AudaExplore, BASF, BB&T, CCC Information Services, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Mitchell International, The Romans Group and UniCure Spraybooths.

Details regarding the agenda and speakers for the symposium are forthcoming. Visit for the latest details surrounding the symposium.

A sold-out success in 2011 and 2012, attendance for the 2012 MSO Symposium doubled over 2011. The 2013 MSO Symposium is produced in memory of Matthew Ohrnstein, who produced the event in 2011 and 2012.

About the Events

ASRW includes the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), making it the industry’s leading event for dedicated professionals to conduct business, network and engage in industry issues. The Tradeshow News Network (TSNN) also recognized ASRW as a 2011 and 2012 Top 250 U.S. trade show.

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 Exposition with hundreds of diverse exhibiting companies displaying the latest equipment, products, services and technology available to today’s collision repair industry.

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.

ASRW is produced for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) by Hanley Wood Exhibitions, a division of Hanley Wood LLC – a premier media and information company. For additional information, contact ASRW at P.O. Box 612128, Dallas, Texas 75261-2128; call (888) 529-1641 or (972) 536-6444; or visit

Vincent J. Romans is the founding principal and managing partner of The Romans Group LLC. The Romans Group provides business, market, financial, and strategic advisory services to the auto physical damage aftermarket repair, property and casualty auto insurance and automotive products and services industries.

About the Sponsor

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is the sponsor of ASRW and two of its shows, NACE and CARS. ASA is the largest international not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive industry through education, legislative representation and member services. For additional information about ASA or to join, go to

The 2013 MSO Symposium is sponsored by:
Axalta Coating Systems
BB&T Capital Markets
CCC Information Services, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mitchell International
The Romans Group LLC
UniCure Spraybooths

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