CARSTAR Ready to Kick Off 2009 Conference

Sunday, August 30, 2009
·         CARSTAR to Celebrate 20th Anniversary as Nation’s Largest Collision Repair Company
·         Franchisees from around the Country to Gather to Plan for 2010
·         Schedule to Include Presentations by Senior Leadership, In-Depth Business Development Planning Sessions, Wild West Entertainment
·         Special “Meet the Press” Session Scheduled with CEO and President on Tuesday, September 22at Noon
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 28, 2009) – The CARSTAR Nation is set to gather in Denver to celebrate its 20th anniversary and kick off the next decade of business success at the 2009 CARSTAR National Conference held September 19 through 22.
Most of the franchisees of the nation’s largest collision repair company are expected to attend the annual event, where they have the opportunity to meet with CARSTAR’s senior leadership on the business operations and plans for the future, work with other store owners on key issues, attend educational sessions and participate in the annual awards celebration.
The CARSTAR conference schedule features classes on I-CAR training, estimating, new repair technology, insurance marketing and relations, store productivity, employee training and management, store expansion, consumer marketing and public relations, financial management and more. Some classes are presented by CARSTAR partners such as Hertz, 3M, I-CAR and Mitchell.
The CARSTAR awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, September, 20, at 6:30 p.m. The general session led by Dick Cross, CEO, and Dan Bailey, president, will be held on Monday, September 20, at 8 a.m. MST.  Classes will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day of the conference.  A special “Meet the Press” luncheon will be held with Cross and Bailey on Tuesday, September 22, at noon. The closing event will be held Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 6 p.m. 
“We’re excited about kicking off our next decade of success with the CARSTAR Nation,” said Dick Cross, Chairman and CEO of CARSTAR Collision Centers. “It’s an honor to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company with all of our franchisees and to have a chance to personally thank them for their many contributions over the years in building the CARSTAR brand. We have a great year ahead of us in 2010, and we’re looking forward to hearing from all of the franchisees how we can make it successful for each and every one of them.”
This year’s conference won’t be all work and no play. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the “CARSTAR Golf Extra-Ordinare!” golf tournament on Sunday, September 20, at the Arrowhead Golf Course. Conference attendees also will be able to join in walking tours, fly fishing, cooking classes and golf lessons. The conference will wrap up with a Wild West Rodeo.
The event will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel. Registration for the 2009 CARSTAR National Conference is now open. Regular event pricing starts at $795 per person. Franchisees can register at through the Franchisee Login area.
CARSTAR is the largest group of branded collision repair centers in North America with over 400 locally owned and operated locations in 27 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR is committed to providing consistent quality services to our customers and insurance partners and has repaired more than 2.5 million cars since it was founded in 1989. Our technicians and front office staff receive ongoing training to ensure they are qualified to work on any vehicle. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we consistently lead the industry in customer satisfaction ratings.
CARSTAR not only has the highest customer satisfaction rating in the industry, but it is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America (“Make-A-Wish”). Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. CARSTAR is involved with many charitable events at the local level to help raise money for Make-A-Wish as well as having recreated a 1967 Super Snake Ford Mustang, the CARSTAR SuperStang. The SuperStang is touring the United States on the SuperStang Muscle Tour to help support the Make-A-Wish cause. For more information, visit


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