AASP/NJ Announces NORTHEAST® 2015 Educational Program

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has announced the slate for its educational program at the NORTHEAST 2015 Automotive Services Show, being held March 20, 21 and 22, 2015 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ. NORTHEAST 2015, the association’s flagship event, is celebrating its 38th year as the East Coast’s preeminent automotive services trade show.

The NORTHEAST 2015 automotive education week will begin with the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring General Meeting on Thursday, March 19 followed by the AASP National Board meeting and the SCRS East Coast Resolution Forum and Leadership Meeting on Friday, March 20. That night will see the debut of AASP/NJ’s East Meets West Showdown: Tackling the Issues, featuring automotive repair experts Larry Montanez (P&L Consultants) and Aaron Clark (Assured Performance Network) facing off on the industry’s most timely talking points. The debate will hit on the latest hot topics and will feature an open mic format for audience participation.

NORTHEAST 2015 will once again offer two tuition-based I-CAR classes: Aluminum Exterior Panel Repair and Replacement (APR01) and Vehicle Technology and Trends 2015 (NEW 15) along with several state-of-the-art demos by exhibitors such as Ford (2015 F150 Repair Information) and GM (Structural Collision Repair 2015 GM Vehicles), held in the redesigned AASP/NJ booth #423, at the center of the show.

The rest of the NORTHEAST educational slate includes:

Stop Leaving Money on the Table!

Presented by: John Niechwiadowicz, Performance Consulting Services

An interactive and “hands-on” estimatics workshop covering the techniques that EVERYONE involved in the estimating process needs to know and employ to capture the operations needed to write a fair and accurate damage appraisal. Actual estimates are used to illustrate the vast financial and psychological benefits of incorporating the techniques discussed during the seminar.

Damage Analysis and Blueprinting

Presented by: Lee Rush, Sherwin Williams

Stressing the importance of a full and accurate Repair Order and its role in a lean collision facility. It will delve deeply into the mechanics of a comprehensive Damage Analysis, with specific steps outlined to ensure that participants learn how to conduct a thorough analysis of vehicles and transfer that data into a Blueprint/RO prior to launching them into production.

Lean Processing in the Paint Shop: Painting With Nitrogen

Presented by: Derek Naidoo, NitroHeat Worldwide

An even more in depth look at the benefits of Lean processing in the paint shop by Derek Naidoo, President and CEO of NitroHeat Worldwide, an international company with outlets around the globe. His extensive industrial engineering background has lead to a protocol for using nitrogen in place of compressed air as a superior fluid carrier. Learn the same technique for paint shop processing used in the industrial sector for maximum efficiency and cost saving ideas.

Administration Performance Management

Presented by: Lee Rush, Sherwin Williams

Covering the importance of Performance Management and its role in a lean collision facility. It will delve deeply into the Performance Management strategy, with specific steps outlined to ensure that participants learn how to manage employee performances in Sales and Service.


Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as the seminars will fill up rapidly. Attendees can register for the seminars at www.aaspnjnortheast.com/seminars-demos.shtml starting January 26.

The 2015 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, featuring special guest Ryan Freidlinghaus of West Coast Customs (courtesy of Platinum Show Sponsor BASF), will be held March 20-22 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Registration is currently open at www.aaspnjnortheast.com. For more information, visit the website, the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show on Facebook, The NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show on YouTube (www.youtube.com/AASPNJNORTHEAST or follow the show on Twitter @AASPNJNORTHEAST / #NORTHEAST2015.