I-CAR Concludes Conference, Reveal 2014 Details

I-CAR® has concluded its 2013 Technology Conference in Boston, Mass. and unveiled the first specifics on its 2014 event, which will take place next year as part of Industry Week, an industry-first gathering of the collision industry’s top events over one week and under one roof.

The 2013 event, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, kicked off July 24 with the I-CAR Awards, which recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the training and professionalism of the collision repair industry.

The ceremony honored Chairman’s Award winner Tom Moreland, Russ Verona Memorial Award winner Oakland Auto Body (accepted by owner Ron Vincenzi) and Jeff Silver Award winner Mike Loy.

Following introductory remarks from I-CAR Chair William Brower and I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne, conference moderator John McElroy of Autoline introduced attendees to a day of tech-focused speakers. They shared insights on research and emerging technologies (Nathaniel Beuse, NHTSA), advanced technologies and vehicle safety (David Zuby, IIHS) and self-driving vehicles (Richard Wallace, CAR). The afternoon concluded with a panel discussion featuring the speakers, followed by an evening networking reception and sponsor showcase.

At an onsite press conference, I-CAR announced that it will host its 2014 Technology Conference and Reception at Detroit’s Cobo Center on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The independent event will be a highlight of the inaugural Industry Week, which will bring several important collision repair industry events together at one location from Monday, July 28, through Saturday, Aug. 2. In addition to the I-CAR Technology Conference, Industry Week will also feature the CIC Meeting and Reception (July 29), the Collision Repair Education Foundation Golf Outing (July 31) and the NACE Education and Expo (July 31- Aug. 1). Industry Week will conclude with additional education and hosted industry tours on Aug. 2.

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