June 14, 2017 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE - CARSTAR North America will come together for its first CARSTAR Conference with both U.S. and Canadian networks represented and none other than NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will help kick off the festivities.
The CARSTAR North America Conference, themed 1NE CARSTAR, will be held Aug. 23 – 25 in Charlotte, N.C., home of NASCAR. The events will be held at the Westin Hotel as well as the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will open with a special welcome dinner Wednesday night, then shift gears to focus on strategic planning, management education sessions, panel discussions, vendor partner networking events, motivational speakers, an insurance industry forum and CARSTAR Vendor Expo held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and close with the annual awards presentation.
Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion, current NASCAR on FOX analyst and longtime Axalta ambassador, will join the opening night festivities as the keynote speaker, presented by Axalta. Axalta is a leading paint supplier for CARSTAR North America.
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts joined Driven Brands, Inc., in 2015, and in 2016 integrated with CARSTAR Canada to become CARSTAR North America. Driven Brands is headquartered in Charlotte, and the CARSTAR Conference will showcase the Queen City and all it has to offer as well as the racing environment Charlotte is known for throughout the country.
“We’re going to be in Charlotte for the largest MSO network event of the year, so it’s perfect to have one of NASCAR’s biggest stars be a part of our event,” said Michael Macaluso, President, CARSTAR North America. “Jeff’s success on the track has earned him a tremendous number of fans and accolades, but his work off the track on behalf of children in need is even more remarkable. We’re thankful to Axalta for their support on making this a truly special evening.”
CARSTAR North America - a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands - is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with more than 500 locations in 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR delivers national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings; all repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee. It was ranked 106th on Franchise Times® annual Top 200™ ranking of the largest franchise systems in North America and was named 18th on the Kansas City Business Journal’s Top 150 Private Companies list. The Romans Group LLC ranked CARSTAR the No. 1 largest MSO in North America. For more information visit www.carstar.com and follow us on Facebook and twitter. CARSTAR is actively seeking new franchisees.
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