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Long Beach event announces speakers/panels to discuss changes in collision repair, collaborative environments

Newport Beach, Calif.–VeriFacts Automotive has announced the lineup of guest speakers and panels to be featured at the upcoming 11th VeriFacts Symposium, slated for Feb. 20-21, in Newport Beach, Calif.

Held at the Fashion Island Hotel, the event will feature two days of discussion of the changes ahead for the collision repair industry, collaborative solution development, exhibitor clinics and keynote speakers. To learn more about attending, contact

The VeriFacts Symposium headline speakers are:

GM Global Strategy on the Future of Collision Repair

David Bakos, executive director, Global Aftersales Engineering & Service Operations, General Motors

Exonomics and Exponential Business Models                               

Amin Toufani, lead professor, Singularity University

The lineup of speakers and panels also includes:

The Journey of ADAS from Factory to Repair
David DeBoer, CEO, Burke Porter Group

What’s been Learned and the Year Ahead
John Lancaster, National Wholesale Parts Manager, Subaru of America

Providing Quality & Safe Repairs for Ford & Lincoln Owners
Dean Bruce, collision marketing manager, Ford Motor Company

The Future of Consolidation
Rex Green, managing Director Global Co-Head Automotive Aftermarket Investment Banking, Jefferies, LLC

Realities of Current and Future ADAS Technology
Moderator: Fred Iantorno, VP Internet of Things, VeriFacts Automotive

Panelists: Bob Augustine, vice president of Business Development, OPUS IVS; Scott Brown, founder, Diagnostic Network; Greg Potter, CTO, Equipment & Tool Institute

Integrity / Who Wants to Play Russian Roulette
Dan Dutra, owner, SIG’S Body Shops; Burl Richards, owner, Burl’s Collision Center

Around the World in 45 Minutes
Jason Moseley, CEO, IBIS Worldwide

How to Deal with Dealerships
Moderator: Bob Kirstiuk, founder and CEO/owner, First Parts Group/Advantage Parts Solutions, Fix Auto UK

Panelists: Ted Stein, area fixed operations director, SoCal Penske Dealer Group; Shawn Griffin, national collision director, Asbury Automotive Management; Steven Daugherty, Fletcher Jones Mercedes

You May See Me Struggle, but You’ll Never See Me Quit
Christopher Maimone, Owner, Crown City Tire Auto Care

Consumer Viewpoint
George Avery, CEO, Avery Consulting; Patrick Dorais, chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), State of California

VeriFacts Technology, Coaching and Risk Management
Cindy  Granse, vice president, Information Technology & Support, VeriFacts Automotive; William Romaniello III, vice president Operations & Education, VeriFacts Automotive; Mike Miller, vice presiedent, OEM Services, VeriFacts Automotive; Cory Balsitis, solutions manager, VeriFacts Automotive; Chris Ollila, director of Coaching & Account Manager, VeriFacts Automotive

“The VeriFacts Symposium features an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists who will address the future of the collision repair industry,” said Farzam Afshar, CEO of VeriFacts Automotive. “The VeriFacts Symposium is a safe place for like-minded colleagues to discuss the changes ahead for the collision repair industry. Together, we can chart the course for success and navigate the future of collision repair.”

For more information on attending the VeriFacts Symposium, contact

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