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HD Repair Forum announces advisory board for 2018-2019

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 09:00
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Following meetings with heavy-duty industry executives, educators, and consultants, the HD Repair Forum announces its 2018-2019 Advisory Board. This year’s Advisory Board members include:

Ray Chatfield, Truck Collision Services, Owner

Howard Elsenpeter, Hoglund Body & Equipment, Body Shop Manager

Dean Hancock, Bob Johnson’s Truck & Body, Owner

Fred Honore, Gerber Collision Services, Market Manager Fleet & RV

Monte Lewis, Monte’s Repair Shop, Inc., Owner

Wally Melia, SelecTransportation Resources, Corporate Body Shop Manager

Mark Polzin, Budget Truck & Auto, President

Ed Rietman, K&R Truck Sales, Inc., Owner

Rodney Rowland, Lakeside International Trucks, Body Shop Manager

Chris Sterwerf, Fairfield Auto & Truck Service, CFO/COO

James Svaasand, Penske, Vice President-Collision Repair Ops & Development

Brian Vesley, Valtek Inc., President

Gigi Walker, Walker’s Auto Body, Owner

Steve Wolfe, Diversified Body & Paint, President

The HD Repair Forum is the only program dedicated exclusively to the heavy-duty collision repair industry and is open to everyone involved in the repair of heavy-duty/commercial vehicles in class 5-8. This includes shop owners, shop managers, fleet managers, dealer repair shops, commercial vehicle manufacturers,  insurance providers, and service, equipment, and technology companies servicing this industry.

This year’s advisory board is set to deliver an event that serves as extremely valuable to the heavy-duty collision repair industry. Their experience in heavy-duty collision repair builds a conference agenda filled with relevant and timely content.

The first advisory board meeting took place just over a week ago and set the preface for the second forum’s content. The topics up for discussion encompass the most relevant matters facing heavy-duty collision repairers today. Some of those topics include: continued increase of OEM repair support; industry economics and trends; commercial vehicle technology advancements and repair impacts, standard operating procedures, operational best practices, and more.

The 2-day event, being held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, 2019, brings together all segments of the heavy-duty commercial vehicle repair industry in one place for collaborative discussions, education, future preparation, and high-level networking opportunities. The 2019 HD Repair Forum takes place in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Hilton Fort Worth.

“The inaugural HD Repair Forum of 2018 was an inspiration. Attendees, speakers, industry influencers, and sponsors alike, were relieved to see the heavy-duty collision repair industry come together and begin to create a mold for higher standards in safe and efficient heavy-duty repairs.” States Jennie Lenk, Communications Manager of the HD Repair Forum.

“Progress for the heavy-duty collision industry is imperative. The automotive collision industry has been experiencing this development in communication and collaboration for more than a decade, and the results in higher repair standards and more efficient processes has been very promising. It is at meetings like the HD Repair Forum where this progress will gain momentum, relationships to make development possible get established, and communication to the industry gets distributed.”

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For more information on the HD Repair Forum and its second annual conference check for evolving updates.

To sign up for the HD Repair Forum’s monthly newsletter and receive event updates straight to your inbox, go to:

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities Do you service or provide products to the heavy-duty collision repair community? Reach the audience you’re seeking at the HD Repair Forum. More information can be found on our website or by contacting Brian Nessen at 713-705-1512 or or Jennie Lenk at 281-819-2332 or

About HD Repair Group
HD Repair Group offers a dedicated source of focused information for those involved in collision repair work for heavy-duty/commercial vehicles, primarily class 5, 6, 7, and 8. This community is where shop owners, executives, managers, technicians, estimators, and other industry stakeholders will find the latest news, tips, tactics, trends and best practices on the heavy-duty collision repair industry. HD Repair Group offers numerous ways of providing this information including an annual conference, monthly e-newsletter, webinars, videos, and social channels for networking.


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