On June 14, FinishMaster hosted its inaugural Ontario regional trade show at the Steamwhistle Brewery in downtown Toronto. (Photos: Huw Evans)
On June 14, FinishMaster hosted its inaugural Ontario Trade Show in downtown Toronto.
The event took place at the Steamwhistle Brewery, which occupies the historic CN Roundhouse in downtown Toronto and was organized by FinishMaster’s four Ontario locations in Guelph, Ottawa, North York and Scarborough.
The setting itself marked a departure from traditional trade show venues but as Jeff Murphy, Director PBE Sales, Eastern Canada for FinishMaster’s parent company Uni-Select said, “we wanted to do something out-of-the-box and get people out of their comfort zone.” Murphy also notes similarities between the brewing business and collision repair, having worked in both sectors. “In both industries you’re dealing with franchise networks, multi-location and independent operators,” said Murphy. “In both industries it’s also about creating a quality product and having a set of processes to make that possible.”
With over 200 attendees, some from as far away as Ottawa, the event had plenty to take in, including interactive vendor displays, as well as the opportunity to look at and discuss the latest tools and technology to help shops repair vehicles in a rapidly changing marketplace. There were also ample networking opportunities and evening prize draw.
With FinishMaster still a young brand to the Canadian collision marketplace, successful events like this are helping to cement its reputation as a premier distributor of collision repair parts and services each and every day.
Representatives from FinishMaster’s four Ontario locations teamed up to host the inaugural trade show on June 14.
PPG’s Rick Whitaker, Norm Angrove and Robert Rukavina were on hand to answer questions about the company’s latest Automotive Refinish products and services.
Uni-Select’s Kirk Argo was showcasing Bumper to Bumper as well as Auto Parts Plus and FinishMaster programs.
Irv Johnston and Chad Baltzer display Car-O-Liner’s PointX mobile diagnostic measuring tool.
SATA’s on-site team. (Left to right) Stewart Irvine, April Chadwick and Bob Wills
Attendees were encouraged to autograph the FinishMaster branded hood on display.
Arslan Automotive’s Sean Slavin and Mark Campoli with the AccuVision 3D Measuring System.
The Body Shop Connect Team featured an interactive display. (Left to right) John Lovatt, Nicole Glanz, Sharon Ashley, Tyler Jacklyn and Jim Wraight
Cosmos Sync was offering the chance to win a free trip to Las Vegas for customers. (Left to right) Pat Ryan, Thomas Bauvrette and David Richard.
The team from Budds’ Collision Services were among the shop attendees. (Left to right) Norm Angrove, PPG, Brent Bere, Budds’ Collision with Wendy Saunders, Taylor Martino, J.R. Martino, Sarah Budd and Gabe Merino.
William Monteith, CSN – Zenetec in Barrie, Ont. with Body Shop Connect’s Tyler Jacklin
3M was one of several vendors that took part in a special symposium at the event. (Left to right), Mike Savage, Steve Gallace and Peter Wrong.
AkzoNobel had a full team at the trade show (Left to right) Jim Pundt, Dave Woolley, Michael George, Dave Banwell and Michel Caron.