NETWORK AND GET TRAINED AT THE SAME TIME
THE 16th ANNUAL COLLISION REPAIR EDUCATION FOUNDATION (CREF) GOLF FUNDRAISER will be held on Monday, July 24, at Harborside International Golf Course, located just minutes from the Chicago Loop. It’s the only facility with two of Golfweek magazine's "Best Courses You Can Play in Illinois" awards. Join the Foundation for a great time and help raise additional funds for a worthy cause. For more information, visit collisioneducationfoundation.org.
THE COLLISION INDUSTRY CONFERENCE (CIC) will take place from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on Tuesday, July 25, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, with a reception to follow. (CIC) is a forum comprised of participants from all industry segments for the expressed purpose of discussing and exploring the challenges they share. The conference is open to all industry professionals including repairers, insurers, paint and material companies, equipment manufacturers, vehicle manufacturers, data providers or representatives of trade associations. There will be an "open mic" time for participants to address their concerns.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY & DIAGNOSTIC REPAIR FORUM will be presented by the Automotive Service Association (ASA). The forum will focus on new technology including sensors, cameras, accident avoidance systems, wireless communications and more. If you are involved in the collision repair industry including repairers, executive and management staff from MSOs, networks and franchisors, insurance professionals and technology providers – this is for you. Join us on Wednesday, July 26, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
MSO SYMPOSIUM allows you to get in on the discussion of the issues facing the industry. Happening on Wednesday, July 26, from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the host hotel, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK CONFERENCE is scheduled for two half-day sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. This is another opportunity for distributors and others to receive information, insight and awareness of the economy, legislation, telematics and technology and their impact on the automotive industry and market.
CONNECT AFTER HOURS
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT: Headquartered in Chicago, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest will host an International Night reception at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 26. The reception will allow attendees to meet members of the international business community and expand their networks by connecting with more than 100 of the most innovative minds of the industry.
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: A networking event for attendees and exhibitors with free food, open bars, music and cars. From 6:30 - 10:30 PM on Thursday, July 27, at the Field Museum. The museum's exhibits will be open to all attendees.
HIT THE FLOOR
AUTOMECHANIKA TRAIN STATION: Exhibitors from around the world will share how to become more efficient using their products and services. Training every hour.
CAREER CONNECTION: Looking to make a change or tackle a new challenge? Want to connect with the hottest jobs in your field? The Career Connection is the place for you. Speak with career counselors, learn about résumé building, pick up your training certificates and network with the industry – trainers, associations, organizations and others.
COMMITMENT-TO-TRAINING LOUNGE: Didn’t get enough time in class? Need to ask more questions? Just looking to talk shop with the experts? Stop by and connect with the industry’s leading trainers in a relaxed environment.
INNOVATION ZONE: Catch a glimpse of the industry's most innovative automotive products and services. Whether it's a new tool or a piece of equipment, a product advancement, new packaging or technology, this is where to find what's cutting-edge in the automotive aftermarket.
MEDIA MOMENTS: Stop by the stage and hear the latest news on a variety of revolutionary products, support the Recycled Rides program as they donate vehicles to families in need, or take a stand to applaud CREF as they donate a check in support of the Chicago area automotive students.
OE COLISEUM: Your one-stop shop for all OEMs: Toyota, Nissan, Fiat/Chrysler, GM and more. Come see what’s new, get trained on each of their products, expand your knowledge and become more competitive.
SCAN-A-PALOOZA: Listen to industry guru, Mike Anderson, as he gives real insight into the world of diagnostics. Then get up close with a variety of companies as they demonstrate their products on a range of vehicles - all happening right on the show floor!
SPRAY ZONE: Don't just look. Stop by this area and test out new paint, paint guns, accessories and more.
THE COLLECTION – DEALER DRIVEWAY – THE PARKING LOT: Don't miss the hottest cars with the coolest vibe in these special vehicle areas! From the newest to the antiques, we will cover it all!
THE HOT SPOT WELDING CENTER: Get a birds-eye view of welding techniques all day, every day.
THE SHOP OF THE FUTURE: Powered by AutoVitals, experience each of the many sections of a full-service shop. See how you can make large and small changes to bring your shop into the future.
TOOL ALLEY: Take a walk on the wild side and check out the latest, greatest tools and equipment hitting the market.
TRUCK COMPETENCE: Interested in the big trucks? Check out the heavy duty industry's newest vehicles, aftermarket parts and advancements.
VIRTUAL STAGE: Step into the driver's seat and get hands-on training without getting dirty, or even touching a vehicle.