AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas' 39th semi-annual gathering of the Acoat selected North American Performance Groups was held February 6th thru 8th at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL, and set an attendance record for the three-day program, which offered both classes and 20 group discussions providing information and insights critical for shaping the future of both distributors and collision repair centres.
Led by industry experts, the classes focused on practical subjects that can be immediately applied. In-depth training covered such topics as the role of a repair planner and how they benefit a process-centred environment. Other areas included how to effectively lead change in an organization; how to find, hire, and keep employees; and an update on how the Affordable Health Care for America Act affects small businesses.
“This meeting is the first of two North American Acoat selected gatherings held annually by AkzoNobel,” noted Barry Rinehart, North American services manager for AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas. “As one of the world’s largest paint and coatings companies, we know our customers find value in these engagements. The numbers tell the story. Approximately 240 industry leaders gathered to share experiences and knowledge about the rapidly changing dynamics of the collision industry. These market evolutions are redefining the roles of distributors and collision repair centres. Both shops and distributors are required to become more astute in their business practices to ensure mutual success.”