PBE Distributors Spring Trade Show: A Silver Event Spectacular

On April 4, PBE Distributors hosted its 25th annual Spring Trade Show, this time at the Hilton Meadowvale/Mississauga. (Photos: Huw Evans)

April 4 saw the 25th running of this popular collision industry trade show and expo.

It’s hard to imagine that PBE Distributors has hosted 25 editions of its Spring Trade show and if the 2019 running was any indication, this event is one that continues to grow.

A slightly different format this year, saw the show open earlier at 2.00pm.

The reason behind the change, said Darrin Heise, National Sales Manager for PBE Distributors, was that, “for the last few years we’ve invited jobbers to bring local VIP body shop representatives but there was talk that the jobbers would like some time on their own.”

In essence,” said Heise, the new format allowed “a pre-emptive strike, giving the jobbers time to go and visit all the vendors first,” so when body shop staff arrived later in the day, the jobbers already knew which people to visit with them.

At final count, 348 people registered for the event making it among the best attended yet

This year, two 55-inch televisions were up for grabs as grand prizes, one for jobbers, the other for VIP body shop attendees.

Winning the jobber category was Greg Horvath of Horvath Auto Supply in Tillsonburg, Ont. Horvath’s prize was donated by PBE Distributors, courtesy of sales rep Mark Davis. 

In the VIP Body Shop category, the grand prize winner was Peter Robson, a painter from Performance Sales & Accessories in Belleville, Ont. Robson’s prize was donated and presented by Mike Savage of 3M Canada.

Kyle Garel, Amin Youssef and Dave Sannella from LKQ pose for a group photo.
PBE Distributors had a full team on the floor at this year’s event.
3M’s Craig Alvero (left) and Steve Gallace, pose for Collision Management’s cameras during the April 4 trade show.
A raft or prizes were up for grabs at this year’s event, including two stellar 55-inch TVs.
Josh Stoesz of Specialty Product Sales shows how easy it is to lift a VW Golf using the AUTOLIFT 3000 - EZ MIX.
Gary Cooper demonstrates the new Farecla G360 Super Fast Polishing System, which was officially launched at the event.
Jeff Francis (left) and Emilio Perez represented Wedgeclamp Systems at this year’s PBE Spring Trade Show.
Pro Spot’s new PRO-WRK four-step windshield repair kit was a big hit.
Lee Sarafin (left) and Don Patton showcase U-Pol’s latest One-Fill premium body filler.
JP Panto from Lusid Technologies, had popular GreenTec coatings on display.
CAR SYSTEM’s Boyd Holm, Shawn Moore and Bill McGuirk with an efficient approach to door jamb masking.
Norton St-Gobain was well represented. (L-R) Sharon Hang, Jim Salvatore, Anouar Belganche, Dustin King and Andrew Tabone.
Attendees were treated to some exceptional food, including succulent meat at this carvery station.

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