June 20-22, 2024
Fort Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, TX.
For show information please contact:
800-732-3869 x204
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Sponsor:
Please note that American Towman does not authorize hotels or housing agents to call you – so beware of scammers!
Thank You To Our Sponsors
ShopXpo
& TowXpo will run adjacent to each other
on the exhibit floor
ShopXpo, the Exposition for Collision and Auto Repair Shops, will debut June 20-22, 2024 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. It will be co-located with TowXpo Dallas/Fort Worth, the leading tow show for tow business owners in the south west for over 26 years.
WreckWeek Sponsors:
   
ShopXpo Exhibits
Meet exhibitors
on the show floor
ShopXpo will be co-located with American Towman’s TowXpo Dallas/Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Convention Center. TowXpo Dallas/Fort Worth is the Southwest U.S.’s premier trade show for the towing and emergency roadside service industry. All attendees will have easy access to each hall.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday, June 21, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, June 22, 11 am - 5 pm
Special Note:
WreckWeek is sponsored by BodyShop Business Magazine and is produced by A.T. Expo Corp., producers of the American Towman Expositions.
Fort Worth Houston Street & Stock Yards
 
 
Discover the Modern West

Fort Worth  is the 12th-largest city in the United States, known for Texas hospitality and a dozen remarkable districts full of culture and fun. The historic western Stockyards featuring the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive and Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk and the new Mule Alley, as well as a connected downtown with the 35-block Sundance Square entertainment district. You can visit the stunning museums of the Cultural District, the Botanic Garden and nearby Fort Worth Zoo.
  • Relax in Sundance Square Plaza under the enormous umbrellas, grab a bite to eat on a patio or take a selfie in front of the whimsical water fountains.
  • See a performance in the acoustically perfect Bass Performance Hall, known for its towering angels carved in limestone.
  • Located in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson is a free museum that showcases the art of the American West.
  • Explore the gorgeous Fort Worth Water Gardens, a refreshing urban oasis next to the Fort Worth Convention Center.
  • Visit the JFK Tribute in General Worth Square, which honors President Kennedy’s historic stay in Fort Worth.
  • Take a break in Burnett Park or Hyde Park – home of the sleeping panther.
  • Hop aboard Molly the Trolley, a bus service that circulates between downtown hotels and hot spots.
Location:
Once home to cowboys, cattlemen and outlaws, today the Stockyards National Historic District is one of the most popular attractions in Texas. Day and night, visitors come to the Stockyards to get a taste of the true American West.
Fort Worth Convention Center
 
 
Western heritage and hospitality meets modern culture and sophistication in this fast-growing metropolitan city that boasts one of the most walkable downtowns in the U.S., a renowned cultural arts district and a historic Stockyards district.

• 25 minutes from DFW International Airport
• Located in the heart of downtown
• Free transportation throughout downtown on Molly the Trolley
• Surrounded by first-class hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries and performance venues
Location:
WreckWeek Academy
Includes AT Academy
& DRIVE Expo Conference
Increasing one’s success in the collision and repair shop markets is the ultimate goal of those who will attend the 3-day sessions. We believe every owner, can acquire the skill sets to positively impact their shop’s success and achieve any other growth, management and ownership goals.
Carte Blanche Passport:
Access into all American Towman Academy Conference-Seminars, $150 with advance registration. $200 Combo ShopXpo/TowXpo
Straightening Your Company
Conference
Carte Blanche Passport
Building Your Business Playbook
Your playbook is a comprehensive operation manual for your business, this workshop will give you the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to develop it. You’ll learn how to standardize all key operational processes, procedures, best practices, and everything else you need to run your business. This will ensure greater efficiency, consistency, and stability to get your shop to the next level of profits.
Instructor Tony Wisler from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 8am
Ten Things Great Business Owners Do Everyday
This workshop is for business owners seeking to elevate their business performance. During this time, you’ll learn the ten daily practices that successful shop owners employ to maintain their profits and attain their goals. By delving into these proven strategies, attendees will gain valuable insights into optimizing their shop's performance and ensuring sustainable success in this competitive marketplace.
Instructor Jim Saeli from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 8am
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
A shop owner needs an arsenal of tactics to master the art of negotiation when dealing with insurance companies. Participants will learn the crucial skills and strategies needed to effectively communicate with insurance companies, maximize claims, and ensure fair compensation for their repair services. With hands-on exercises, attendees will learn how to communicate with insurance companies, maximize claims, and ensure fair compensation for their repair services. By the end of this workshop, repair shop professionals will be well-equipped to secure fair and profitable outcomes while maintaining positive relationships with insurance providers.
Instructor Cassaundra Croel from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 9am
The Recruiting and Hiring
This workshop is a comprehensive program designed to empower HR professionals, managers, and business owners with the essential skills and knowledge required to build a strong and productive team. In this workshop, participants will explore the intricacies of the recruitment process, from crafting compelling job descriptions to conducting effective interviews, and making well-informed hiring decisions. Attendees will leave with a toolkit for successful recruitment, equipped to attract top talent and drive your business’s growth.
Instructor Tony Wisler from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 9am
Building wealth
Our "Building Wealth as a Business Owner" workshop is tailored to empower entrepreneurs and business owners with the knowledge and strategies needed to secure their financial future while successfully managing their businesses. In this engaging session, participants will delve into wealth-building techniques, including investment strategies, retirement planning, and tax optimization specific to business owners. We will explore the importance of diversifying income streams and leveraging your business as an asset to create long-term wealth. Through interactive discussions and expert insights, attendees will leave with a clear roadmap for building personal wealth, all while maintaining a thriving and profitable business. This workshop is your key to achieving financial security and prosperity while managing the demands of entrepreneurship.
Instructor Larry Monroe from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 10am
Building Value in Your Shop
As a collision shop owner, you have undoubtedly poured your heart and soul into building a successful business. But have you considered your exit plan? Many entrepreneurs are focused on daily operations, but it is just as important to strategize for the future. Every move you make should have your succession in mind, regardless of when or if you are planning it. Waiting until you burn out will make it very difficult to achieve the post-owner lifestyle you want. Building the value in your business will allow you to exit on your terms.
Instructor Matt DiFrancesco from High Lift Financial
Friday, June 21, 10am
Selling Your Shop? You Have Given Your All, Don’t Leave Any Money on the Table. Are you thinking it is time to sell your auto body collision shop?
Laura Gay will lead this powerful presentation littered with extensive education and take aways related to all things of selling and exiting your business. Selling is an extremely emotional stressful process, Laura will talk thru the how’s, what to expect, pitfalls, and how to come out a winner.
Instructor Laura Gay from Consolidation Coach
Saturday, June 22, 10am
Carte Blanche Passport:
Straightening Your Company is a part of the Carte Blanche Passport, you may purchase the passport at registration.
Leadership
Conference
Carte Blanche Passport
How to Defuse Employee Upsets
Are you looking to enhance your interpersonal and leadership skills? This workshop is designed for business owners to learn effective techniques to defuse upset employees. You’ll learn the art of effective communication, conflict resolution, and active listening to gain insights on how to lessen workplace stress and frustration. With practical scenarios and hands-on exercises, attendees will acquire skills to create a more productive work environment.
Instructor Erkan Ozbardakci from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 8am
Building a winning team
This program is designed to help business owners cultivate the skills and strategies needed to assemble, lead, and nurture high-performing teams. Participants will delve into the intricacies of team dynamics, effective leadership, and talent management, learning how to identify, recruit, and retain top talent. We'll explore strategies for fostering a positive workplace culture, enhancing team collaboration, and optimizing individual and collective performance. Through interactive exercises attendees will leave with a clear understanding of how to build a cohesive, motivated, and results-driven team. This workshop is your key to achieving business success through the power of a strong and united workforce.
Instructor Erkan Ozbardakci from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 8am
Making Changes in Your Business
What changes have you made to your business recently? How did it go? In this workshop, participants will explore the strategies and principles needed to introduce, implement, and sustain changes within their organizations. We'll delve into the process of assessing the need for change, communicating effectively with your team, and overcoming resistance. From identifying change champions to setting measurable milestones, this workshop offers practical tools to ensure that your business transitions smoothly and adapts to evolving market conditions. By the end of this workshop, you'll be well-equipped to lead your business through transformations, fostering innovation and growth in a rapidly changing business landscape.
Instructor Larry Monroe from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 9am
Steps to Transition Yourself From working in the Business
Are you seeking to shift from the daily operations of their business to a more strategic and leadership-focused role? In this workshop, participants will gain invaluable insights into the strategic planning, delegation, and personnel development necessary for a seamless transition. We will explore how to build and empower a capable team, develop systems and processes for smooth operations, and create a clear roadmap for transitioning out of day-to-day responsibilities. Attendees will leave with a well-defined plan for effectively stepping back from the daily grind while still steering the ship toward success. This workshop is your guide to achieving a harmonious balance between your business and personal life, ultimately securing your long-term success as a business owner.
Instructor Erkan Ozbardakci from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 10am
Carte Blanche Passport:
Leadership is a part of the Carte Blanche Passport, you may purchase the passport at registration.
Marketing and Sales
Conference
Carte Blanche Passport
Marketing your Business In today’s world
Today’s digital landscape is ever evolving, this workshop is your compass to navigate the dynamic and competitive marketing environment. This workshop provides cutting-edge insights and practical strategies to effectively promote and grow your business in the online age. Participants will delve into the latest trends in digital marketing, social media, content creation, and data analytics. By the end of this workshop, you'll be well-prepared to harness the power of contemporary marketing tools and techniques, driving your business to new heights in the modern marketplace.
Instructor Philip Purnell from DRIVE
Friday, June 21 9am
Outside Sales Best Practices
This workshop is your roadmap to becoming a top-performing outside sales professional. We will dive deep into the art of outside sales, focusing on proven strategies and techniques that drive success. Participants will learn how to identify target markets, build and nurture client relationships, and effectively close deals in a face-to-face sales environment. We'll explore the use of technology and tools to enhance productivity while on the road, as well as strategies for effective time and territory management. Attendees will leave with the skills and confidence to elevate their outside sales game, ultimately boosting revenue and expanding their business footprint.
Instructor Tony Wisler from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 9am
Handling Online Reviews
This workshop is a must-attend event for business owners looking to master the art of online reputation management. In today's digital age, online reviews can significantly impact your business's success. This workshop provides participants with the knowledge and strategies needed to effectively manage and leverage online reviews to their advantage. We'll explore techniques for encouraging positive reviews, addressing negative feedback, and turning customer opinions into opportunities for improvement. Through best practices, attendees will leave with a clear roadmap to establish a stellar online reputation that not only attracts new customers but also fosters trust and loyalty. This workshop is your key to harnessing the power of online reviews and ensuring your business thrives in the competitive online landscape.
Instructor Phil Purnell from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 9am
Carte Blanche Passport:
Marketing and Sales is a part of the Carte Blanche Passport, you may purchase the passport at registration.
Essential Practices
Conference
Carte Blanche Passport
How to Prevent and Deal with Embezzlement
This workshop is a vital resource for business owners, financial managers, and anyone responsible for safeguarding their organization's finances. Embezzlement poses a significant threat to businesses of all sizes, and this workshop equips participants with the knowledge and strategies to proactively prevent, detect, and respond to financial misconduct. By the end of this workshop, you'll be better prepared to protect your organization's financial integrity and ensure that your resources are used as intended, fostering a culture of trust and accountability within your business.
Instructor Jim Saeli from DRIVE
Friday, June 21, 10am
Handling Hazardous Parts Throughout the Shipping Process
With alternative fuel vehicles becoming more common, modern collision centers must stay up to date with the special handling procedures required for many of these vehicle’s fuel or energy storage systems. Join Brian Riker, Director of Safety and Transportation for Fenix Parts, as he discusses the legal obligations associated with shipping and receiving hazardous parts such as battery packs and other alternate fuel system components.
Instructor Brian Riker from American Towman
Friday, June 21, 10am
Maximizing Profits: Processing State Mechanics and Tow Liens and Selling those Abandoned Vehicles for More Profit
This seminar is designed to equip vehicle storage facility professionals and collision and repair shops with the knowledge, tools, and strategies required to efficiently process state mechanics liens, sell abandoned vehicles, and enhance their revenue streams. Don't miss this opportunity to take your facility's financial performance to the next level. Join us and make more money for your facility.
Instructors Michele Lee from Peak Auto Auctions & Felicia Harris from Auto Data Direct
Saturday, June 22, 8am
Blueprinting and estimating for collision Shops
This is an indispensable resource for collision shop owners and professionals seeking to enhance their efficiency and accuracy in the repair process. In this workshop, participants will dive deep into the intricacies of blueprinting, which is a critical step in accurately assessing and estimating collision repairs. We'll cover topics such as vehicle inspection, damage assessment, and creating detailed repair plans. Moreover, the workshop will delve into effective estimating practices, including parts ordering and labor allocation. With hands-on exercises and real-world case studies, attendees will leave with the skills and knowledge to streamline their operations, reduce cycle times, and boost profitability by providing accurate and competitive estimates. This workshop is your pathway to achieving excellence in collision repair management.
Instructor Cassaundra Croel from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 10am
Carte Blanche Passport:
Essential Practices is a part of the Carte Blanche Passport, you may purchase the passport at registration.
Forward Thinking
Conference
Carte Blanche Passport
Is your Collision Repair Facility ready for EV’s
This discussion outlines a blueprint for the repair services to establish protocols regarding the hidden and obvious challenges damaged EV’s present. Learn what free assets are available to the industry. Establish protocols and create safe storage containment. We discuss the fire, environmental, and the health & safety issues the EV batteries present.
Instructors: Ed Grubbs & Jim Figueira of ECS - a Science Driven Company
Friday, June 21, 9am
Ten Key Steps to Succession
Do you know who is going to take over your business once you retire? Succession planning is a critical yet often overlooked aspect of business management, and this workshop provides a comprehensive roadmap for shop owners. Participants will gain insights into the ten essential steps needed to ensure a seamless transition, whether passing the business to family members, key employees, or selling to an external party. We'll explore strategic considerations, legal and financial aspects, and effective communication throughout the process. In the end, you'll be equipped to create a well-defined succession plan that safeguards the legacy of your business and ensures a smooth handover, promoting continued growth and success.
Instructor Tony Wisler from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 8am
Carte Blanche Passport:
Forward Thinking is a part of the Carte Blanche Passport, you may purchase the passport at registration.
Cashflow
Conference
Carte Blanche Passport
Credit card Processing Procedures
This workshop is a vital resource for business owners aiming to navigate the complexities of payment processing efficiently and securely. In this workshop, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of credit card transactions, fraud prevention, compliance with payment industry regulations, and customer data security. We will delve into the intricacies of managing merchant accounts, chargebacks, and dispute resolution. Attendees will leave with the knowledge and tools to establish robust credit card processing procedures that safeguard their business's financial integrity while ensuring a seamless and trustworthy payment experience for their customers.
Instructor Larry Monroe from DRIVE and Santander Bank
Saturday, June 22, 8am
Managing Account Receivable and Collecting Overdue Accounts
Optimizing cash flow and maintaining healthy financial stability is a crucial component of owning a business. In this workshop, participants will delve into the intricacies of managing accounts receivable, covering best practices in invoicing, credit policies, and effective communication with clients. We'll explore strategies for early collections, including negotiation techniques and dealing with challenging payment situations. Through real-life scenarios, attendees will leave with the knowledge and tools to proactively manage accounts receivable and collect overdue payments, ensuring financial stability and business growth. This workshop is your key to maintaining a robust and thriving business, where cash flow is optimized, and financial risks are minimized.
Instructor Jim Saeli from DRIVE
Saturday, June 22, 10am
Carte Blanche Passport:
Cashflow is a part of the Carte Blanche Passport, you may purchase the passport at registration.
DRIVE Expo Conference
Foremost Education Conference for shop owners
Wed. & Thurs. - Exclusively for DRIVE clients & followed by the WreckWeek Conference
A unique, one-of-a-kind program focusing in on management skills, sales growth and profitability. DRIVE Conference on Wednesday and Thursday is exclusice to DRIVE clients and is separate from the WreckWeek Conference on Friday and Saturday which is also conducted by DRIVE Instructors.
DRIVE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION SEPARATE:
WreckWeek Events
The Big Smoke & Cattle Roundup, 10-Gallon Gala
Garage Legends, and More.
The Big Smoke & Cattle Roundup • Friday, June 21 @7:30pm
Join us to enjoy a juicy steak with a premium cigar in a very relaxed atmosphere while networking with your fellow attendees.

Location: Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House, 5330 Belt Line Road, Dallas, TX 75254
Shuttle bus will leave at 6:30pm from Fort Worth Convention Center, 1101 Houston Street.
Ticket $125 pp
10 Gallon Gala - Casino Night • Friday Night, 5 pm
Take your chances while playing for a cash pot in the annual Ten-Gallon Casino Night. "Gamblers" from all over the Southwest flock to this event. Get yer loaded dice and marked poker cards ready! Just kidding, pardner! But seriously, this event is not to be missed! Yee-haw!
Garage Legends
Compete with other shop owners and car enthusiasts in an auto showcase indoors on the exhibit floor.

Cars will be entered into two major car categories: Restored & Custom
Event Sponsors:
maybe put event sponsors here like bsb magazine etc...
BodyShop Business 500
 
 
Body Shop Business Magazine plans to honor the 500 oldest body shops in America during WreckWeek.

Stay tuned for details
Special Note:
Hotels & Travel
You can book your hotel following registration
Travel Discounts Available Soon

Hampton Inn
Address: 1001 COMMERCE STREET FORT WORTH, TX 76102
Discount Deadline: 05/19/24 • Discounted Price: $135 / night
About the Hampton Inn: Free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi in room & lobby, indoor pool, fitness center
Distance from Convention Center: 0.1 miles / 3 min


AC Hotel Fort Worth Downtown
Address: 101 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Discount Deadline: 5/18/2024 • Discounted Price: $169 / night
About: Free Wi-Fi, restaurant, fitness center, room service
Distance from Convention Center: 0.5 miles / 11 min. walk


Embassy Suites
Address: 600 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, XT 76102
Discount Deadline: 5/20/2024 • Discounted Price: $209 / night
About: Free continental breakfast & complimentary evening reception, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant
Distance from Convention Center: 0.3 miles / 6 min. walk


Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
Address: 334 W 3" Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Discount Deadline: 5/29/2024 • Discounted Price: $140 / night
About: Free Wi-Fi, fitness center, indoor pool, restaurant, convenience store
Distance from Convention Center: 0.4 miles / 8 min. walk to Fort Worth Convention Center


Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown/Convention Center
Address: 1010 Houston St., Fort Worth, XT 76102
Discount Deadline: 5/18/2024 • Discounted Price: $199 / night
About: Valet parking service only at $36 per night.Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, business center, fitness center, pet friendly.
Distance from Convention Center: Across the street from Fort Worth Convention Center


Hilton Fort Worth
Address: 815 Main Street, Fort Worth, XT 76102
Discount Deadline: 4/16/2024 • Discounted Price: $192 / night
About: Free WiFi, fitness center, indoor pool, restaurant, convenience store.
Distance from Convention Center: .4 miles / 8 min. walk

Special Note:
Travel Discounts available soon