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AASP/NJ unveils educational program for NORTHEAST 2022

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey has announced the return of Kristen Felder (Collision Hub) and Larry Montanez (P&L Consultants)

Nutley, N.J.—The NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show is set for March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, N.J., and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) event will feature a three-day educational program for collision repairers.

AASP/NJ has announced the return of Kristen Felder (Collision Hub) and Larry Montanez (P&L Consultants) to its flagship event this year. Collision Hub will present four featured courses:

• “Total Loss Basics” will give repairers an understanding of the total loss handling practices and the potential pitfalls of failing to document.

• “RO Documentation Realities” explores what repairers should and should not be documenting on estimates with photos and in logs.

• “Estimating Strategies for Productivity” will cover tools and strategies for writing accurate estimates faster and teach attendees how to use those strategies to bring consistency to the shop.

• “Understanding Consumer Education” will open repairers’ eyes to the consumer mentality and the importance of presenting information in a way that enhances the customer’s understanding.

“Larry and Kristen without a doubt are two of the most skilled and talented educational presenters out there,” said AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee. “Their backgrounds are unmatched by most. Bringing them back to the show to host a few training classes is a huge benefit to all. Who better to learn from? I am certainly looking forward to having them as part of this year’s NORTHEAST.”

NORTHEAST’s 2022 educational program will also include “The Continuing Tech Shortage: How Do We Fix It?” featuring panelists Greg Settle (TechForce), Josh Laurent (Automotive Business Management), Keith Egan (Betag Innovation), Brandon Eckenrode (Collision Repair Education Foundation) and Bart Mazurek (CCC Intelligent Solutions Automotive Services Group).

The panel, which will be moderated by Michael Bonsanto (Passaic County Technical Vocational School), will set out to address the serious man-power issue being felt by repairers all across the country.

An ADAS panel and a seminar on the Appraisal Clause are also scheduled, as well as a course for New Jersey collision repairers to earn a training certificate that will qualify them for renewal of their 2022 New Jersey Auto Body License.

McNee encourages repairers to attend these classes as knowledge is key in running a successful business. “Even if you go to one class, you are likely to take home at least three things that you can apply immediately and put it to good work in your facilities.”

Badge registration for NORTHEAST 2022 is currently open; class registration is scheduled to open Feb. 1. For more information or to pre-register online for free, visit For more information on AASP/NJ, visit

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