Online pre-registration is now open for the 2019 Texas Auto Body Trade Show, that is set for September 20 and 21 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, hosted by the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT).
For the first time in the event’s history, the association has partnered with Thomas Greco Publishing, Inc. the team behind Texas Automotive and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey’s (AASP/NJ) annual NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show – to elevate the show’s presence in the industry and take it to the next level.
“This year’s show will be bigger than ever before, so there will be more people to network with,” says ABAT President Burl Richards. “With technology changing so quickly, you need to get educated and know what’s going on in the industry. You’re going to walk away from this show with information that you can utilize the first day you go back to work.”
Those who have attended the show in the past can expect big and very positive advancements in this year’s education schedule.
“Over the years, we’ve gone through a lot of different evolutions in the balance between the trade show and the educational component,” explains ABAT Executive Director Jill Tuggle. “This started off years ago as an educational event and morphed into a trade show. Now, with our trade show growing with more exhibitors, we’ve made a lot of changes to our education program to keep the number of attendees on the exhibitor floor steady at all times.”
The updated educational format will include shortened course times, concurrently running classes and caps on the number of people who can attend each offering. Topics discussed will run the gamut from improving customer service to receiving more adequate compensation for performing OEM-required/recommended procedures.