STRONGSVILLE, Ohio PPG’s MVP Business Solutions team will host a major conference for collision center owners and managers from across North America, March 9-11, at the Hilton Resort at Squaw Peak in Phoenix, Ariz. Through a combination of management training, peer exchange and expert speakers, the conference is designed to help shop owners improve shop performance and competitiveness despite the many critical challenges facing the collision industry today.
“We are in the middle of a very difficult perfect storm in our industry,” said Jim Berkey, director, Business Solutions Group, PPG Automotive Refinish. “Collision centers are seeing fewer repair opportunities, fewer resources, shrinking profits, increased insurer influence and it’s all happening in the middle of a struggling economy. Moving forward, today’s collision centers must understand the new game is quality, speed and cost. The PPG MVP program has the means to help our collision center owners come out of this stronger, better positioned and set for genuine success. This conference is one component of an all-inclusive range of value-added elements intended to keep our customers positioned to face today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.”
Internationally recognized key note speakers include Michael Martyn, founder of SISU Consulting Service, and John Foppe, veteran author, trainer and adviser to executives. Martyn, an expert in dramatically increasing the speed and effectiveness of process improvement, will discuss proven techniques for managing quick change and developing employee-driven continuous improvement programs. Foppe, a highly-regarded inspirational speaker, will present the difference between “Get it done” and “Make it happen” companies the latter being organizations in which employees love their work, exceed their goals and elate their customers.
A number of seminars will be held, including:
5S Workplace Organization and Point of Use Tools
The Throughput Performance Journey
The Practical Application of Lean Six Sigma for Collision Repair
Building a Winning Team
Creating a Winning Culture
The Art of Effective Execution
Developing Self-Managed Workgroups
Problem Solving and Process Improvement through Effective Facilitation
In addition, discussion groups offering an opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange of business strategies, best practices and innovations will be offered to attendees. Group topics include:
Repair Planning Best Practices
Throughput Performance Solutions
Dealership Collision Center Management
Finding, Keeping and Developing Top Performers
Marketing Best Practices
Open Discussion Group
Conference attendance is open to owners and managers of collision centers using PPG Refinish products. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.mvpconference.com.