Representatives of the auto repair industry came out in force to be a part of AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST™ 2010 Automotive Services Show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. The 33rd annual event featured thousands of attendees and exhibitors representing all facets of the industry and a plethora of educational opportunities, as well as continuing participation from the New Jersey Gasoline/C-Store/Automotive Association (NJGCA), all of which combined helped to make this year’s event one of the most successful to date.
“We were happy to be a part of NORTHEAST™ once again this year,” explains Giovanna Helton, chief operating officer of longtime NORTHEAST™ supporter Accudraft/SAIMA North America. “We enjoy participating in the event in part thanks to the centralized location of NORTHEAST™ at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. It affords us the opportunity to touch base with those clients who are local to us, while also meeting a number of new and potential clients as well. This year’s event was another success for us as an exhibitor; we were able to generate some sales as well as some viable contacts. We had a great time at NORTHEAST™ 2010, and look forward to supporting the event in the future.”
Also a veteran NORTHEAST™ proponent, Upper Saddle River, NJ-based Metropolitan Car-O-Liner has been a participating NORTHEAST™ exhibitor since its inception.
“NORTHEAST™ has always been a good event for us,” explains Dave Demarest, Jr., Vice-President of Administration & Marketing for Metropolitan Car-O-Liner and Welding Solutions, Inc., “and this year was another good showing. As an exhibitor, the success you have at an event like NORTHEAST™ will only be as good as the effort you make towards it. For many years, Metropolitan Car-O-Liner has always put a lot into NORTHEAST™, and I am proud to say that we consistently get a good deal out of it, as well.”
“This year’s NORTHEAST™ provided us at BMW of North America with an opportunity to present our products and build both BMW and MINI brand awareness for our Original Replacement Parts,” notes BMW Parts Promotions Manager Richard Maniscalco. “[The] personnel staffing our booth were able to interface with current customers and present the advantage of Original BMW and MINI Parts to interested prospects. NORTHEAST™ 2010 was an optimal forum to meet and greet our current customers while also branching out to market to new ones.”
“We work year-round to ensure that our flagship event improves every year,” says AASP/NJ President Jeff McDowell, “and to look at what NORTHEAST™ has grown into over the years is nothing short of amazing. This year’s show was by far one of our best yet; even despite some terrific weather (that typically hurts trade shows) this past weekend, the industry showed up to be a part of NORTHEAST™. The sheer numbers speak for themselves.”
“This year’s East Coast Resolution Forum & Leadership Meeting welcomed representatives from industry associations nationwide,” continues McDowell, “and this year’s record number of seminars gave industry members the chance to get the scoop on everything from the upcoming EPA paint regulations to healthcare for employees. All signs are pointing to a long, successful future for NORTHEAST™, and I’d like to thank everyone whose participation helped make this another tremendous event.”
For more information on the NORTHEAST™ Automotive Services Show, or for post-show coverage, please visit www.aaspnjnortheast.com.