New Jersey Automotive April 2022

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The Past Merged with the Future at Inside the Return of AASP/NJ’s Flagship Event



Crowded floors. Packed seminar rooms. Smiles and laughter among old friends and new. It almost seemed as if the world hadn’t been contending with a global pandemic for the past two years at the NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, held March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. The three-day event boasted the high-quality education, exhibitors and experiences that have become synonymous with the country’s largest and fastest growing regional automotive trade show. As AASP/NJ celebrated the 45th iteration of its flagship event, the comforts of the past - interactions with quality attendees, connections with old friends and longtime exhibitors - merged seamlessly with the present and the future as over 3,000 attendees perused aisles filled with some of the industry’s latest and greatest tools and equipment in between world-class educational sessions

focused on today’s most relevant topics, designed to help automotive and collision professionals prepare their businesses for success. “NORTHEAST 2022 was definitely a success,” according to AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant. “Everybody I talked to was pleasantly surprised and very happy about the amount of foot traffic on the show floor. Attendees seemed to appreciate the opportunity to explore new tools and equipment, and engagement in the educational classrooms exceeded our expectations. Overall, it was truly a terrific weekend.” “NORTHEAST 2022 was fantastic!” AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee agreed. “The turnout at the show was higher than expected, and it was exciting to see the industry gather together again. The educational seminars offered great insights for automotive and collision professionals