Last week I was invited the CARSTAR North American Conference. While CARSTAR has been active in both the US and Canada for decades, this is the first time that CARSTAR organized a unified North America conference.
I was invited to the conference to work with some of CARSTAR’s top MSOs to review growth opportunities in a consolidating industry. One of my clients was also awarded CARSTAR’s top honor at the event (along with a full expense paid trip to Bermuda for him and his family – take me with!).
I left quite impressed with the quality and professionalism of the conference. The conference was in Charlotte, home of Driven Brands, CARSTAR’s parent company and owner of MAACO, Meineke, 1-800 Radiator, Take 5, and a host of other automotive franchises. Charlotte is also the home of NASCAR, and the opportunity to have happy hour in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway and listen to Jeff Gordon talk firsthand about what it takes to compete and win at 185 mph was priceless!
Keep reading to learn what I walked away knowing about the future of both CARSTAR and the collision repair industry as a whole.