See You in September
Get Ready, Get Booked for Auto Glass
Have you struggled in the past to choose an auto glass event to attend?
Has the question “Vegas or Florida?” weighed on your mind for the last
few years? Well, this year, the choice is simple—as all of the major auto
glass groups have agreed to hold one joint event and that event is Auto
Glass Week™ this September in Memphis, Tenn.
Auto Glass Week 2011 will bring together the Auto Glass Replacement Safety
Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc., the Independent Glass Association, the
National Glass Association and the National Windshield Repair Association—all
in one spot at the same time. In addition, AGRR™ magazine’s Pilkington
Clear Advantage Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO) and the Walt Gorman
Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics (WRO) also will be held. The International
Window Film Tint-Off and Conference™ also will be held concurrently. The
event is managed by AGRR magazine.
All of the groups will meet September 15-17 at the Memphis Cook County
Book Your Hotel Room—Today!
Discounted rooms for Auto Glass Week are available at the Memphis Marriott
Downtown, which is connected to the Memphis Cook County Convention Center
via a covered walkway. The discounted room rate is $99 plus tax per night.
Rooms can be booked by calling 888/557-8740 and mentioning that you are
with Auto Glass Week. If you’d rather book online, visit www.autoglassweek.com
and click on the hotel tab.
What to Expect
The event not only has a new location (it’s been held in Las Vegas for
the last several years), but also a new format. It will begin on Wednesday,
September 14, with AGRSS Council committee meetings and a board meeting,
along with preliminary meetings for WRO and tint-off participants.
On Thursday, September 15, an informative line-up of educational seminars
for the entire auto glass industry will be held throughout the day. The
tint-off will be held in the afternoon, along with the first heats of
the WRO, while attendees will have a chance to visit with sponsors and
view their latest offerings. The annual AGRSS Charity Auction and Cocktail
Party will top off the day; take this chance to mingle with industry colleagues
and bid on some fun items in support of a good cause. AGTO participants
also will get started with their preliminary meeting.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend several more hours of educational
sessions on Friday, September 16, and will have a chance to mingle with
one another and suppliers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during a cocktail party
on the show floor. The AGTO will kick off during the afternoon as well,
while the WRO will wrap up with finals.
The last day of the event, Saturday, September 17, also will be filled
with more educational sessions designed for the auto glass industry, and
the final hours of the AGTO competition. Exhibits will be open from 9
a.m. to noon as well, and afterwards the winners of all three competitions—the
AGTO, WRO and tint-off—will be revealed during a special luncheon.
Among the seminars already lined up for Auto Glass Week is a session by
renowned speaker Kelly McDonald who will conduct a session called “Who
is Your Customer? Understanding the Customer of the Future.”
McDonald is a recognized expert on multicultural marketing and business
trends and has spoken to many major groups including Toyota, Sherwin-Williams,
Harley-Davidson, State Farm Insurance, Mattel, AAA Travel, and BlueCross
In addition, Lauren Fix, “The Car Coach®,” will provide a session
called “All the Automotive Information You Need to Know.” Fix is considered
an automotive industry expert and will discuss trends in marketing, production,
promotion and delivery of vehicles—and how these affect the industry on
a daily basis.
Lastly, the industry’s own Carl Tompkins, global marketing resources manager
for the Sika Corp. and long-time AGRR columnist, will present a session
called “The Ten Commandments for a Successful Business.” Tompkins, who
has consulted for a number of businesses on topics such as growing profits,
diversifying and more, also will unveil his own business management book
for the first time during the event. Be sure to visit www.autoglassweek.com
for more details as they become available.
Schedule at a Glance*
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. AGRSS Committee Meetings
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. AGRSS Board Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. WRO Mandatory Contestant Meeting
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tint-Off Mandatory Contestant Meeting
Thursday, September 15, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Event Welcome and Opening
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Joint Auto Glass Educational Sessions
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Joint Auto Glass Educational Sessions
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sponsors’ Set-Up
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Window Film Tint-Off Preliminaries
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Auto Glass Week™ Exhibition/Extravaganza
4:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Repair Competition Preliminary Heats
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Window Film Tint-Off Finals
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. AGRSS Charity Auction/Cocktail Party
Friday, September 16, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Joint Auto Glass Educational Sessions
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. AGTO Mandatory Contestant Meeting
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Joint Keynote Speaker
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Joint Auto Glass Educational Sessions
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Auto Glass Week Exhibition/Extravaganza
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. AGTO Preliminary Heats
3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Repair Competition Finals
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Party on Show Floor
Saturday, September 17, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Joint Auto Glass Educational Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AGTO Finals
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Auto Glass Week Exhibition/Extravaganza
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
* Schedule is tentative and subject to change. For the most up-to-date
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