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The Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show pools the resources of five active Midwest state associations. Last year was a huge success and we fully expect it to be even better in 2023. One of our key areas of focus will be on the year of the technician. There will be live hands on projects and relevant training for collision repair technicians. The Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show will bring back the important and popular education series in 2023. Attention owners, managers and staff… Come work ON your business at this exclusive trade show held in the middle of the heartland.


Other successful trade shows are far away, Vegas, New Jersey, Texas. The Midwest Collision Repair Trade Show is right here in our back yard in the easy to get to, wonderful destination of Kansas City and Overland Park. Top vendors are investing heavily to be there to answer questions and meet your needs. National iconic presenters will add wisdom and knowledge you won’t get anywhere else. Your business needs you to be here.


The must-read book “The E-Myth” focused on the fact that most small business owners and managers work IN their businesses when then really should spend more time working ON them. Escape the walls of your business, rub elbows with your peers and learn from top vendors and presenters. Then, return home enriched to apply what you have learned in your day to day operations.

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Mike Anderson “Be Extraordinary”

In today’s collision repair industry, it is no longer enough to just be average. You need to be extraordinary! You have to be extraordinary and deliver, not just great customer service, but extraordinary customer experience. You must be extraordinary and be the employer of choice in your area, where people don’t just love their job, but they love the organization. You have to be extraordinary in researching OE repair procedures so that you are delivering a verifiable, safe, and proper repair. You have to be extraordinary by staying abreast of the new developments in the collision repair industry, including new technologies in vehicles, and new trends affecting repairers. Remember, being average is just as close to the bottom as it is to the top. So be extraordinary! BE EXTRAORDINARY

2:10 to 3:00 p.m

Workshop- EV Introduction

Participants will learn how to safely work on electric vehicles. The presentation will start with the vehicle intake process and learn how to make the vehicle safe before repairs. Recognition of a thermal runway will be discussed and how to react to this situation. EV diagnostic and measurement tools will be introduced. This class will help participants speak the language of EV’s and what is a KW/h and how long to recharge the vehicles and more.
Presenters- Dirk Fuchs, Director Technical Programs and Services, I-CAR and Jake Rodenroth, North American Body Repair Program Operations Manager, Lucid Motors

Room: TBA

2:10 to 3:00 p.m

Workshop- Not Your Grandfather’s Estimate V 3.0 Really… No More Hand Written Estimates

Get Up To Date: A Significant Refresher On Estimating. Get Tougher!

“Not your grandfathers estimate v3.0” Lets get electrified! With advance vehicle technology, repairers face a great challenge in front of them all starting with the repair planning process. Our industry experts Danny Gredinberg from Database Enhancement Gateway and Ron Reichen with Precision Body and Paint will help you boost your confidence in the way you research required operations and giving you confidence in capturing billable operations.

Presenters: Ron Reichen, Precision Body and Paint Companies, Oregon and Danny Gredinburg, DEG Administrator

Room: TBA

2:10 to 3:00 p.m

Workshop- Ladies and Gentlemen… Start Your Search Engines

Are You Using Your Online Technology In The Most Effective Way To Boost Your Business?
Learn How To ‘Start Your Search Engines’

Getting found online requires many different parts and pieces playing in concert with each other. Each plays an important role in helping a business maximize their local online visibility. Only then can you truly “Start Your Search Engines”. Your overall web presence has one purpose and only one purpose… bringing potential customers to your door. That means having more than just a website. It requires a website that is well-designed to drive conversions, i.e. paying customers. It requires having search engine optimization (SEO) built in so the site has a chance to be found when people search for the services you provide. This workshop will cover what an effective website must look like, work like and how the other “parts”, like properly managed social media accounts, directory listings and reputation management collectively play their roles to start those search engines and help your business be found online!

Presenter: Mark Claypool, President and CEO, Optima Automotive

Room: TBA

3:10 to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop- ADAS and Calibration by OEM Calibration

Get some expert ADAS Advice . Learn The Proper And Safe Processes
For Your ADAS Operation

This class provides knowledge and information about vehicle ADAS systems to help shops better understand vehicle system needs. Some key talking points will be vehicle tear down and things to look for. Vehicle assembly and inspections; work that effects ADAS systems; pre/post scans, and more. People will be able to walk away from our ADAS educational program with a better understanding of how these systems work and what to look for when disassembling and reassembling a vehicle.

Presenters: James Rodis, Process, Procedure And Training Manager, Woodhouse Dealerships and Andy Hipwell, OEM Manager

Room: TBA

3:10 to 4:00 p.m.

It’s Your Repair Information, Why Are You Letting Unauthorized Companies
Take It From Your Computer Systems and Sell It For Profit:

Collision Repairers are unknowingly having their customer information as well as their repair information copied from their computer systems. The installation of data pumps/software controls by multiple for profit companies in the collision repair industry nefariously copying each and every estimate and then selling the information to vehicle history reporting companies and other entries for an infinite number of reasons. There are also five states that have enacted legislation that require a customers information NOT be shared by a collision repair shop.

Presenter: Pete Tagliapietra, Managing Director Data Touch

3:10 to 4:00 p.m.

OE Researching Best Practices:

The importance of researching OEM procedures is a critical part of the repair process.  Create a repeatable research process to help reduce cycle times and increase your average repair order. Learn more about how to complete safe and quality repairs.

Presenter: Rhett Holland, Collision and Insurance Vertical Business Manager with ALLDATA

4:10 to 5:30 p.m.

EV Panel Discussion- Electrify Your Knowledge Base and Get Wired With A High Powered Panel Discussion

Learn from the EV Manufacturers About the EV’s Coming To Your Market

Moderator – Frank Terlep


Frank Phillips, Rivian

Jake Rodenroth, Lucid

Timothy Maginnis, General Manager

Dirk Fuchs, I-CAR

Mike Anderson, CollisionAdvice

5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Trade Show Opens- Mike Anderson Opens The Show Friday Night At The Welcome Reception On The Trade Show Floor

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Workshop- Equipment and Tools

Do You Have The Right Stuff To Be That Super Star? Learn what Tools and Equipment You Will Need To Repair Today’s Automobiles
Presenter- Dave Gruskos, CEO, Reliable Automotive Equipment
Room- TBA

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Workshop- Paint Shop Throughput   

Maximize Throughput and Profit in Your Paint Department. Update Your Processes and Enhance Your Refinish Operation

How to Maximize Throughput and Profit in Your Paint Department… Advancing technologies in automotive refinish products and the equipment available today positions collision centers for exceptional Paint Shop Throughput. However, even with the exceptional refinish products and the best equipment available, throughput poses some unique challenges for today’s collision centers. Paint Shop Throughput takes an in-depth look into the key areas that influence paint shop profitability in a negative way.  We then look at the practical solutions used by progressive collision centers to improve throughput performance and enable vehicles to flow smoothly through the production process. Participants will learn these foundational principles and how to address the key contributing factors that drain production efficiencies and squash profits in our refinish area.
Presenters- Casey Lund , Owner, Collision Leaders, and Rod Cahoy, Business Development Manager, PPG Automotive Refinish
Room- TBA

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Industry Trends Surrounding Scanning and Calibrations:

Dan Risley, Vice President, Quality Repair and Market Development   CCC

As Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) continue to evolve and become more commonplace, industry trends are materializing surrounding scanning and calibrations. Learn about the root causes of these emerging behaviors, how they can affect your business, and solutions to help you better manage your business.

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Workshop- OE Procedures- Researching Best Practices- All Data 

Speed Up Your OE Procedure Research Time And MORE!

The importance of researching OEM procedures is a critical part of the repair process.  Create a repeatable research process to help reduce cycle times and increase your average repair order.    Learn more about how to complete safe and quality repairs.

Presenter- Rhett Holland, Collision And Insurance Vertical Business Manager
Room- TBA

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Workshop- OE Technical Procedures: Solving The Mysteries

Making Sense Of The Hard To Understand Procedures
Presenter- Shawn Collins, 3M, Advanced Application Engineer
Room- TBA

Customer Service Best Practices:  Mike Anderson, CollisionAdvice

Customer service is the act of taking care of your customer’s needs. Learn the 4 interactions that will produce exceptional customer service.

Lunch Break – Keynote Speaker

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Must Have Ticket, Line Up For The Famous Kansas City Jack Stack BBQ
Keynote Speaker- Dan Meers, Kansas City Chiefs Mascot ‘K.C. Wolf’
Location- Main Stage On The Tradeshow Floor

2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Kool Tools Video On The Main Stage Big Screen

Facilitated by Mike Anderson and SCRS Board Member Dave Gruskos and SCRS Past Chairman Ron Reichen
Location- Main Stage On The Tradeshow Floor

2:45 to 4:00 p.m.

Culture Panel  – There Is Nothing Without The Right Culture

High Powered Panel Brings Insight and Solutions To Develop A Culture For Success In Your Business  
Location- Main Stage On the Trade Show Floor

Moderator – Frank Terlep, Opus IV


Lirel  Holt, Powered By U

Casey Lund, Collision Leaders

Mike Anderson, CollisionAdvice

James Rodis, Woodhouse Dealerships

Ron Reichen, Precision Collision Centers

Dillon Lapp, Twin Rivers Body Shop

4:00 to 4:30 p.m

Closing Ceremony- Celebrate Our Technicians

Location- Main Stage On The Tradeshow Floor


Overland Park Convention Center

6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211


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