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MSO Symposium Announces 2022 Master of Ceremonies

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and its board of directors are pleased to announce Dean Fisher of Driven Brands will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 2022 MSO Symposium, being held Monday, Oct. 31 at The Venetian in Las Vegas from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dean Fisher brings well-rounded insight to this year’s event with almost 50 years of experience in the automotive industry: from owning multiple automotive-related companies, to bringing his independent collision repair facility into the CARSTAR family and becoming a franchise owner, and holding varying leadership roles on the corporate team at CARSTAR, including chief operations officer and president of the CARSTAR brand. Dean now serves as president of collision companies within Driven Brands and is focused on helping ABRA, CARSTAR and Fix Auto USA to maximize its franchisees’ growth, profitability, and operational standards.

Dean has been a regular attendee of the MSO Symposium since its inception in 2011 and explains just one of many reasons for attending the event. “The panel discussions on different topical items are always my favorite. Hearing the interchange between MSO groups of varying sizes all coming together to discuss what’s working, where we have opportunities, and what we can do together to make the industry better is unmatched.”

This year’s MSO Symposium in Las Vegas encompasses networking opportunities and a dynamic and interactive agenda set to assist small to large and growing repair facilities with their business’ efficiency and productivity. “The MSO Symposium is an open forum for MSOs, from small regionals to large consolidators, to have high-level strategic discussions on these topical issues,” continued Fisher.  

Sessions at the 2022 event include a deeper dive into: the electric vehicle discussion; Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) opportunities; AI; and the labor space. To join leading executives from the largest and most successful collision repair facilities in North America at this exclusive annual event, register by following this link.

I’m humbled and honored to be moderating this year. Looking back, I remember attending the MSO Symposium championing an independent model with a franchise network of 200 locations. Now I’m moderating ahead of my retirement and at the peak of my career, supporting a network of almost 1,000 independently owned locations,” Fisher concluded.

If you would like to register for the 2022 event, please be advised that attendance is limited and you must qualify to attend. To qualify, you must be a MSO, insurer, OEM, or single location repair facility with $3 million or more in annual sales. The only exception is the limited number of sponsors that help underwrite the program.

About MSO Symposium
The MSO Symposium is an annual conference directed by many of the most experienced, high-growth executives working within the multi-shop operators, or MSOs, of the automotive collision repair industry and brought to you by ASA. This event, now in its 11th year, offers unique opportunities to learn from and network with industry peers and leaders, acquire knowledge from field experts on current topics influencing the collision repair business, and discover equipment and services made for collision repair business’ success.

About the Automotive Service Association

ASA-National founded the MSO Symposium in 2011. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to ASAshop.org or visit ASA’s legislative website at TakingTheHill.com.

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Registration for MSO Symposium’s 11th Annual Event is Now Open

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the MSO Symposium advisory board announced the 11th annual MSO Symposium will be held October 31st, the Monday before SEMA/AAPEX, in Las Vegas.

Created by and for multi-shop owners, the event will begin at 10 a.m. PDT with a light breakfast, networking, and vendor displays. Following will be a unique program providing information and insight on the economy, the industry’s current state of affairs, matters concerning ESG, DEI, and the lessons observed in private equity and electric vehicle repair adaptation. The conference will conclude at 7 p.m., after an exclusive industry reception.

“The MSO Symposium is truly unique. The caliber of content received, alongside the chance to network with executive peers, is a combination you simply don’t find elsewhere,” stated Julie Massaro, Executive Director of ASA. “The event’s agenda, timing, and content is directed by industry leaders who voluntarily participate on the program’s advisory board.” {www.msosymposium.com/2022-2/advisory-board/}

This year, conversations on national and global shifts of the industry’s economic trends, collaborative partnerships, and internal and external growth expectations will be addressed. Panel participants and presenters will be industry and economy experts, and executives of MSOs, insurance companies, and OEMs.

“This event is not just for large MSOs. If you’re a small to mid-size MSO or independent repair facility looking at the next step, the MSO Symposium will help you successfully prepare your business for the future.” stated Roy Schnepper, owner of Butler’s Collision and MSO Symposium advisory board member. ”The collision repair industry is dealing with incredible technological advancements in today’s vehicles, and companies need to know how to position their business for growth in this changing environment.” 

For those interested in registering for the 2022 event, please be advised that attendance is limited and you must qualify to attend. Qualification standards are met by insurers, OEM’s, multi-shop operators, and single location repair facilities with revenue exceeding $3 million in annual sales. 

Registration with the early bird rate is available for a limited time. To begin the registration process go to the MSO Symposium’s website: www.msosymposium.com/register

“The MSO Symposium continues to bring together the multi-shop owners and operators, dealers, franchisees, and repair networks from all across North America. This exclusive event has evolved into the largest conference in the world, where only collision industry repairers, insurers, and OEMs can gather exclusively,” stated ASA Executive Director, Julie Massaro.  

Attendance by media personnel and equipment or service providers is available, but also limited. For questions regarding registration, please reach out to Jennie Lenk. For sponsorship information, visit the MSO website or contact Brian Nessen.

Save the Date for the 2022 MSO Symposium

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North Richland Hills, Texas, July 18, 2022 – Over the past few months, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) has been meeting with the MSO Symposium advisory board members to discuss plans for the 11th annual MSO Symposium. Those interested in participating in the industry’s premier executive event should save the date for this year’s conference, set to take place in Las Vegas on October 31st, Monday of SEMA/AAPEX week. 

The event will begin at 10:00 am PDT with coffee, networking, and a sponsor showcase. Following is a unique program that provides executive-level information on the current trends and state of affairs in the economy and the collision repair industry. Other topics included in this year’s event are solutions to technician shortages, environmental, social and governance matters for business owners, approaches to electric vehicle repair processes, and more. The conference will conclude at 5:00 pm with an evening networking reception.

Last year’s 10th anniversary event was an all-around success, as noted by long-time advisory board member, Jim Keller, President of 1Collision. “The caliber of content received at the MSO Symposium is truly unmatched. The topics, speakers and opportunity to network with my executive peers makes this a must-attend event every year.”

Similar to years past, the event’s agenda, timing, and content is directed by industry leaders who voluntarily participate on the program’s advisory board. For those interested in registering for the 2022 event, please be advised that attendance is limited and you must qualify to attend. Qualification standards are met by insurers, OEM’s, multi-shop operators, and single location repair facilities with revenue exceeding $3 million in annual sales. 

Early bird registration opens later this month and will be available for a limited time. Sign up for the MSO Symposium’s  e-communications  to stay up-to-date with the latest event announcements and opportunities. 

Equipment and service providers to the industry are also invited to attend the event via one of the limited sponsorship opportunities. Attendance by media personnel is available, but also limited. For more information, you may visit our website or contact us

About MSO Symposium
The MSO Symposium is an annual conference directed by many of the most experienced, high-growth executives working within the multi-shop operations, or MSOs, of the automotive collision repair industry. This event, now in its 11th year, offers unique opportunities to learn from and network with industry peers and leaders, acquire knowledge from field experts on current topics influencing the collision repair business, and discover equipment and services made for collision repair business’ success. 

About Automotive Service Association
ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2901.

For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to ASAshop.org or visit ASA’s legislative website at TakingTheHill.com

Registration for MSO Symposium’s 10th Annual Event is Now Open

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North Richland Hills, Texas, July 12, 2021 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced last month that the 2021 MSO Symposium would take place as an in-person event. The 10th anniversary of the annual conference is set to take place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay, on November 1st, the Monday of the SEMA/AAPEX show. 

The event will begin at 10 am PDT with coffee, networking, and a sponsor showcase. Following is a unique program that provides information on the economy, the industry’s current state of affairs, and the direction both are trending. The conference will conclude at 7 pm, after a celebration of the event’s 10th installment. 

Last year’s event took place virtually over 5 days and is historically notable in that, for the first time ever, the program was open to the entire industry and at no cost. “The 2020 virtual event provided a chance for the industry to get a feel for this prominent event, while learning how peers were maneuvering throughout and beyond the pandemic,” noted Brian Nessen, long-time Director of Operations for the event. 

“The MSO Symposium is truly unique. The caliber of content alongside the chance to network with executive peers is a combination you simply don’t find elsewhere,” continued Nessen. Similar to years past, the event’s agenda, timing, and content is directed by industry leaders who voluntarily participate on the program’s advisory board

This year, conversations on national and global shifts of the industry’s economic trends, technological developments, and collaborative partnerships will be addressed. Panels and presentations will be given by industry and economy experts, and executives of MSOs, insurance companies, and OEM’s. 

Roy Schnepper, owner of Butler’s Collision out of Michigan, and advisory board member of the event added, ”Collision repair businesses certainly need to understand the technological advancements of today’s vehicles, but also and perhaps most importantly, they need to know how to position their business for growth in this changing environment.” He adds, “If you’re a small to mid-size MSO or independent repair facility looking at the next step, you need to make arrangements to attend this year’s MSO Symposium and understand how to prepare your business successfully.”

For those interested in registering for the 2021 event, please be advised that attendance is limited and you must qualify to attend. Qualification standards are met by insurers, OEM’s, multi-shops operators, and single location repair facilities with revenue exceeding $3 million in annual sales. 

Registration with the early bird rate is available for a limited time. To begin the registration process, follow this link

“The MSO Symposium continues to bring together the multi-shop owners and operators, dealers, franchisees, and repair networks from all across North America. This exclusive event has evolved into the largest conference in the world, where only collision industry repairers, insurers, and OEM’s can gather exclusively.” stated ASA President/Executive Director, Ray Fisher.  

Attendance by media personnel and equipment or service providers is available, but also limited. Please reach out to Jennie Lenk with your registration interest or questions. For sponsorship information, you may  visit our website or contact Brian Nessen

About MSO Symposium
The MSO Symposium is an annual conference directed by many of the most experienced, high-growth executives working within the multi-shop operations, or MSOs, of the automotive collision repair industry. This event, now in its 10th year, offers unique opportunities to learn from and network with industry peers and leaders, acquire knowledge from field experts on current topics influencing the collision repair business, and discover equipment and services made for collision repair business’ success. 

For more information be sure to check out www.msosymposium.com

About Automotive Service Association

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2901.

For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to ASAshop.org or visit ASA’s legislative website at TakingTheHill.com

10th Annual MSO Symposium Announces Post-COVID Conference Format

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North Richland Hills, TX, June 14, 2021 – The Automotive Service Association is pleased to announce that the 2021 MSO Symposium will be taking place as a live and in-person event on Monday, November 1st at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Over the past several weeks, the event’s advisory board meetings have made it clear that board members, executives from MSOs (multi-shop operators), and many others in the industry are looking forward to a face-to-face event and are making plans to attend the program in November.

The MSO Symposium is an annual collision industry event where repair facility executives from large, small, and regional MSOs come to gather with like-minded peers. The event holds discussions around relevant industry issues and reviews their likely impacts on the market. The 2020 event was held virtually over the course of a week and, for the first time ever, was made available to everyone in the industry. This year’s one-day program will return to its original format.

“We are grateful to be celebrating the tenth year of our MSO Symposium and delighted to be able to do it in person after this past year,” states Ray Fisher, President/Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association, host of the event. “The Advisory Panel has done a wonderful job putting together another great event and we are truly appreciative of their efforts.”

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 am PDT and will feature a unique line-up of presentations and panelists. Topics set to be covered include:
– Industry trends: including scanning, diagnostics, alternative fuel vehicles, etc.
– Insurance relations: including estimates, DRPs, FNOL, etc.
– Economic matters: related to national and global administrations, consolidations, post-pandemic influencers and more.
The one-day conference will conclude with an evening reception celebrating the event’s 10 year anniversary. Registration to this closed event will be made available in late June.

Additional announcements highlighting registration, session details, panel participants, and those involved in the event will be shared over the coming weeks and months. To stay informed about the MSO Symposium, sign up for our e-newsletter for event updates

Historically, this high-profile event generates significant interest and executive attendance. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring this event, please reach out to Jennie Lenk or Brian Nessen. Given the limited number of sponsorships available, we would encourage you to act now.

About Automotive Service Association
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. Our Washington, D.C., office – located just steps away from the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives office buildings – is ASA members’ link to the legislative and regulatory issues that are most relevant to automotive repair businesses.

ASA monitors issues at the state and federal level, identifying legislation and regulations most important to members. ASA’s D.C. office serves as an advocate on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies on behalf of independent repairers. ASA provides information and grassroots opportunities through its legislative website, TakingTheHill.com, and various association publications. ASA’s goal is to advance the plight of independent automotive repairers, protecting our members from legislation and regulations that may harm their businesses, and advancing those policies that make our members’ businesses stronger.

Chief Economist Regularly Featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN and Fox Business Headlines MSO Symposium

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North Richland Hills, TX, October 27, 2020 – In years past, the MSO Symposium has brought together an exclusive group of attendees to review and discuss the latest trends and expected changes in automotive collision repair. Its annual event delivers executive-level panel discussions and special guest speaker presentations that aim to provide MSOs and large independent repair facilities with information to aid in their business decisions. This year’s virtual conference promises to deliver that same high-quality content in familiar format.  

The 2020 MSO Symposium will run as an open event and offers free registration to attendees, thanks to our industry sponsors. Taking place as a series of 90 minute webinars, it will begin Monday, November 9th at 2:00pm CDT and conclude Friday, November, 13th at 3:30pm CDT. 

Sharing the spotlight on day two, Tuesday, November 10th is Dr. Lindsey Piegza, Chief Economist with Stifel Financial, an economist regularly featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox Business, and Rex Green, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Automotive Aftermarket Investment Banking at Jefferies Group LLC.

Their program titled “Beyond Consolidation: Investor Interest and Economic Impacts” will discuss the driving factors for investor interest in the collision industry today and how the economy could impact it moving forward. Marcy Tieger, Managing Director of Symphony Advisors LLC is set to facilitate the informative Q&A session. 

To begin, the session will provide a macro-level view of the U.S. economy post-election with an outlook on the recession, likely expectations on economic recovery, and U.S. trade relations with China. Dialing in deeper, a micro-level perspective will shed light on how the state of the economy could impact the automotive industry and investor interests in it. 

“The information to be shared during this Q&A session is not only timely, but is sure to be extremely captivating, especially considering the high-profile speakers and their collective knowledge,” shares Tieger. 

This year’s event has already generated a lot of interest. MSO Symposium organizers are encouraging all industry stakeholders to register and experience this one of a kind opportunity, learning from some of the brightest minds both inside and outside of the industry.

A link to registration can be found at: www.msosymposium.com/register
Additional information on the event’s 5-day agenda may be seen at www.msosymposium.com/agenda

“The MSO Symposium has a long history of delivering executive level speakers, content, and information that is not readily available to the industry. Dr Piegza and Mr. Green’s participation will build upon the legacy of the MSO Symposium and continue our proud tradition as the premier event dedicated to the executive leaders in the collision repair industry. “ continues Ray Fisher, Executive Director of the ASA. 

Companies interested in gaining enhanced exposure to the multi-shop organizations, both large and small across North America, please reach out to Jennie Lenk at jenniel@msosymposium.com or Brian Nessen briann@msosymposium.com. A limited number of sponsorship positions are still available.