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Events 2018-03-06T12:06:01+00:00

From celebrity appearances to free education, industry information and networking – not to mention lots of fun! – there is no shortage of things to do at NORTHEAST 2018!

Industry Events  | Collision P.R.E.P. Free Stage  | On the Floor | Just for Fun  

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16 | Show Hours: 5pm – 10pm

 1:00 – 4:00pm | NORTHEAST Room A & B (main level, off lobby)

NORTHEAST 2018 East Coast Resolution Forum & Leadership Meeting

Co-hosted by SCRS and AASP/NJ | Moderated by Ed Kizenberger (LIABRA)

Held as an annual roundtable discussion, the East Coast Resolution Forum is an opportunity for nationwide industry professionals to discuss the issues that affect their states and associations on a daily basis, while also fostering an information-sharing environment for all in attendance. Each year, this event proves to be incredibly valuable, as it creates a space for market leaders and representatives to engage in rewarding conversations about the topics most important and relevant to them and the industry-at-large. Participants are encouraged to come to the meeting with a topic of their choosing, with the goal of engaging fellow participants in a discussion. Note: This year’s forum is by invitation only, and will be limited to collision repairers who are current members of participating trade associations only. Please contact show management with questions about this event.

7:00pm | Collision P.R.E.P. Free Stage (Pavilion level)

James Moy Memorial Award Presentation

The James Moy Memorial Award for Dedication to the Automotive Repair Industry recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding service and commitment to the success of the automotive repair industry. The honor is in memory of James Moy, a dear friend and avid supporter of the industry, AASP/NJ and the NORTHEAST show. Please join us at the Collision P.R.E.P. Free Stage to help recognize this year’s award recipient!


SATURDAY, MARCH 17 | Show Hours: 10am – 5pm

8am – 12pm | Upstairs Press Room (Upper level)

I-CAR WCS04: Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding

Michael Bonsanto & Peter Fryzel, I-CAR

With an increased number of vehicles being manufactured with high-strength and ultra high-strength steel, spot welding is an effective solution for minimizing the heat-affect zone. The process of spot welding for attaching body panels and components has many other benefits as well, among them are decreased damage to corrosion protection and replication of production weld appearance.

To register, visit or call 1-800-422-7872. THIS IS A TUITION-BASED COURSE!

 8:30am – 9:45am | Meadowlands Exposition Center Lobby


Larry Montanez, P&L Consultants with assistance from Jake Rodenroth (asTech) and Anthony Cetani (Metropolitan car-o-liner)

Facilitated by Metropolitan Car-o-liner 

In this presentation, we will examine two specific and very important procedures for preparing a vehicle for repair, measuring and scanning. We will cover some of the preliminary operations and then we will pre-measure the vehicle after classifying the damage severity. We will then scan the vehicle and discuss the results of our findings. Anthony from Car-o-liner will assist Larry in the measuring and Jake Rodenroth will assist with the scan(s). Larry, Anthony and Jake will discuss with the group some suggested actions to take after they discuss the results.



WMABA’s Collision P.R.E.P. (Professional Repairer Education Program) schedule contains a number of free opportunities for show attendees, offering a variety of topics discussed by the industry’s best and brightest! There is no charge for Collision P.R.E.P. Free Stage sessions, and no pre-registration for these events is required.

All sessions will be located on the Collision P.R.E.P. Free Stage in the Pavilion level (downstairs), unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 | Show Hours: 5pm – 10pm

6:15 – 7:00pm

Take Back Your Business: A Legal Guide | Presented by Erica Eversman, Larry Montanez & Collision Hub

In 2017, the industry focused on proper repairs and following OEM repair procedures. That’s easy to say, but how do you perform the needed operations and be properly compensated with insurance denials?

In this seminar, industry experts will discuss the steps needed to navigate your legal responsibilities as a shop owner and balance with your financial requirements. What are your legal rights as a collision repairer? What are your customers’ rights? How do you prepare a file for when negotiations fail? You won’t want to miss this session with an attorney, a repair shop and an insurance adjuster. 


I-CAR Training & Welding Technology Today / MIG Brazing & Rivet Bonding | Presented by Allan Smith & Pete Fryzel, I-CAR 

This session will focus on the In-Shop Knowledge Assessment Program: Jump start your Gold Class training for all requirements and certifications. The Repairability and Technical Support (R.T.S.) Information Portal on the I-CAR website. Attendees will learn today’s technology for tomorrow’s vehicles, and we’ll discuss why continued training goes hand-in-hand with completing a safe and proper repair.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 | Show Hours: 10am – 5pm


Safety System Alignment: A New Focus on Body Shop Profitability | Presented by LiftNow 

This seminar will discuss the evolution of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), such as lane departure and cruise control and the importance of calibrating and resetting these systems post-collision. The seminar also discusses the profitability that body shops can enjoy from participating and specializing in these new industry trends. This seminar is a first-look of the full version of this seminar, taking place on Sunday, March 18 at 12:30pm in P.R.E.P. Room 3. Free Safety Systems book to all attendees!


Tactically Lean – Strategic Lean Implementation | Presented by Lee V. Rush, Sherwin Williams

Change in our industry today is accelerating, and so must the development of people, operations, and processes. Tactically Lean is for those collision repair operators, owners, and managers who understand that being successful moving forward will demand a great deal more than just business as usual. It will demand accelerated development and a desire to strengthen their operation skills and the skills of their teams. By providing the participant with the tools necessary to develop a “Tactical” approach to implementing Lean production processes, they will be armed with the tools needed to change the way their companies operate!


Ready, Set, Go! General Motors’ Collision Repair Network | Presented by John Eck, Rachel Rodriguez, Rebecca Lauterbach, Mark Szlachta & Joe Villanueva, GM

Want to hear more about how General Motors is changing the way the collision industry looks at certification? Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear first-hand from the team of Subject Matter Experts at General Motors what to expect come mid-year with the launch of a comprehensive collision certification program. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 | Show Hours: 10am – 3pm


I-CAR Training & Welding Technology Today / MIG Brazing & Rivet Bonding | Presented by Allan Smith & Pete Fryzel, I-CAR 

This session will focus on the In-Shop Knowledge Assessment Program: Jump start your Gold Class training for all requirements and certifications. The Repairability and Technical Support (R.T.S.) Information Portal on the I-CAR website. Attendees will learn today’s technology for tomorrow’s vehicles, and we’ll discuss why continued training goes hand-in-hand with completing a safe and proper repair.


On the Floor

Meet Platinum Show Sponsor BASF’s “Industry Innovators” at NORTHEAST® 2018!



KC MATHIEU, owner and operator of KC’s Paint Shop, has hot rods in his blood; he painted his first car when he was just 12 years old. Now, his passion for the art shows in his work. At SEMA 2017, KC worked with BASF to launch KC’s Custom Colors under the R-M paint line. The colors consist of seven shades of black infused with a hint of color — bronze, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red — to make them, like all of KC’s work, truly unique. KC’s work has been recognized by nationally known car enthusiasts, Barnett’s magazine, and was featured on Discovery Channel’s series Fast N’ Loud.

Meet KC at the BASF booth #227 Friday, March 16, 5:30-7:30pm and Saturday, March 17, 11am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 3pm!


TROY SPACKMAN is a fabricator by trade. He has followed his passion of cars, combined with his dislike of school, and ambition in disassembling things and understanding how they work. He met fellow craftsman, body and paint expert Travis Coeyman, while they were in high school and with Troy’s interest in metal tinkering and Travis’s passion for automotive projects, they decided to open Legacy Innovations in 2006. Legacy Innovations (Li) is a dynamic, innovative and cutting edge company that specializes in vehicle customization. Legacy Innovations’ current projects include an all-metal, wide-body Supra; a 700″ BBC-powered second generation Camaro, “Second Class;” and a 1934 Chevy Coupe displaying a fusion of hardcore race-inspired technology and the elegance of a modern twist. Troy is working through the BASF Color Ideation process for a modern twist on the classic red hue for the Supra, and a yet to be decided color for the Camaro.

Meet Troy at the BASF booth #227 Saturday, March 17, 10am – 11am and Sunday, March 18, 1:30pm – 2:30pm!


JONATHAN GOOLSBY has been customizing anything he could get his hands on for more than 20 years, starting at home in his garage, then as the head painter for the local Chevrolet dealership for 12+ years. Jonathan has built many high-profile custom cars and trucks for sponsor companies, magazine features and covers, as well as several SEMA show builds. In late 2004, the allure of owning his own business along with the desire to continue to “up the ante” on his quality of craftsmanship led Jonathan and Vonda Goolsby to jump with both feet in and open Goolsby Customs. For the past fourteen years, Jonathan has worked with his talented staff to build a strong customer base that is growing every day, along with a level of excellence that is hard to find in this industry. His passion is now split between building and encouraging young people to join the “hot rod and custom scene.”

Most recently, Goolsby Customs had three vehicles on display at SEMA 2017. A 1940 Ford Convertible, featuring custom BASF Glasurit 55 Line “Glasurit Cabernet, Goolsby Edition” created through the Color Ideation process, a 1932 Ford Roadster, featuring Glasurit 55 Line “Star Fire Blue” and a 1969 Pontiac Firebird, featuring Glasurit 55 Line “Frozen Gray.” Goolsby Customs’ 1940 Ford will be on display at BASF booth 227 throughout NORTHEAST 2018 weekend!

Meet Jonathan at the BASF booth #227 Saturday, March 17, 3pm – 4pm and Sunday, March 18, 11am – 12:30 & 2pm – 3pm!


Meet Paul of Paul Jr. Designs at ROGO Fastener Co. Booth # 241!

Join ROGO Fastener in welcoming Paul Jr. of Paul Jr. Designs as he showcases his newest creation: The 25th Anniversary ROGO Chopper!


MEET Paul Jr. on Saturday, March 17, 1pm – 3pm to receive a FREE AUTOGRAPHED POSTER!







Meet Meghan, the 25th Anniversary “ROGO Girl,” at ROGO Fastener Co. Booth # 241!

Visit the 25th Anniversary ROGO Girl, Meghan, at ROGO Fastener Co. Inc. Booth # 241 throughout NORTHEAST weekend!

Meghan will be appearing at the ROGO booth all NORTHEAST weekend!
Friday, March 16, 5pm – 10pm;
Saturday, March 17, 10am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm;
Sunday, March 18, 10am – 3pm.

Meet Meghan and get your FREE AUTOGRAPHED POSTER! (Posters may be limited)



Just For Fun

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 10:00pm – 12:00am | NORTHEAST Rooms A – D (main level, off lobby)

NORTHEAST 2018 Exhibitor Appreciation After-Party

The perfect way to unwind after the first day of the show, the Exhibitor After-Party allows exhibitors to network with the AASP/NJ Board of Directors and fellow exhibitors following the conclusion of the first evening of NORTHEAST. Additionally, the event offers a much-needed getaway for vendors who might have been too busy on the floor to catch a break or a meal during the show.

A long-awaited NORTHEAST hit year after year, the Exhibitor After-Party is AASP/NJ’s way of saying “thanks” to the many exhibitors who continue to make the annual show such an overwhelming success. If you are an exhibitor, please make sure to stop by and say hello; the AASP/NJ Board is looking forward to meeting you!

Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 12pm – 2pm | NORTHEAST Rooms A – D (main level, off lobby)

10th Annual NORTHEAST Family Day

Bring your spouses, children, grandchildren – even your employees and their children! Family Day will feature various indoor carnival games and attractions for children ages 12 and under. From skee ball to spin art, Family Day promises to be a memorable time for all who attend. Various activities – and free popcorn and ice cream – will keep the kids smiling throughout the afternoon.