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Crump to Chair NACE 2004 in Las Vegas

The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) has re-appointed Vernon Crump, body shop director for John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas, Texas, as chairman for NACE 2004, which will be held Nov. 3-6, in Las Vegas, to coincide with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW). Crump was NACE 2003 chairman and received accolades for his leadership and experience, and for the innovative programs he introduced at NACE to spotlight new technologies and to strengthen industry and global relationships.

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DALLAS, TX — The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) has re-appointed Vernon Crump, body shop director for John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas, Texas, as chairman for NACE 2004, which will be held Nov. 3-6, in Las Vegas, to coincide with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW).

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Crump was NACE 2003 chairman and received accolades for his leadership and experience, and for the innovative programs he introduced at NACE to spotlight new technologies and to strengthen industry and global relationships.

Crump has more than 25 years of experience in the collision repair industry and has a specific devotion to educating today’s youth about careers in collision repair. He runs a 50-employee, 75,000-square-foot dealer body shop that, because of its unique procedures and processes, regularly provides tours to area high school students and body shop owners and managers. He is an I-CAR instructor and past chairman of the Dallas I-CAR group; and formerly served on the Texas State USA Skills/VICA board of directors and on advisory committees for the Texas State Technical Institute, Eastfield College in Dallas and two area high schools.

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Crump is also director of education for the Texas Educational Agency for the Summer Autobody Workshop. For the past two years, he has been a presenter at the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) in Switzerland.

He has been a NACE attendee for 18 years, and has also led NACE seminars on managing assignments, customer expectations and direct repair program (DRP) relationships. He serves on the NACE Attendee Advisory Council, and in 2002, was instrumental in organizing a career day at NACE that was attended by more than 400 students.

He is a Certified Collision Repair Manager from the Masters School of Autobody and has a degree in marketing and management from the University of North Texas in Denton.

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“Being NACE Chairman in 2003 solidified my view of the importance NACE plays in the global collision repair community,” said Crump. “Joining with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in November will provide an invaluable opportunity for professionals around the globe to experience NACE, SEMA and AAPEX at the same time and place. I’m very excited about NACE 2004 and the endless opportunities it will provide,” he added.

NACE 2004, the world’s collision repair event, will be held Nov. 3-6, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.

To learn more about NACE, go to: www.NACEexpo.com.

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