Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists Announce Spring Conference Line-up

Posted by Auto Care News on March 29, 2017

BETHESDA, MD – March 28, 2017 – The Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists (PBES) community of the Auto Care Association, has announced the schedule for its annual Spring Conference, scheduled for May 16-18 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. 

This year’s conference theme, “Innovate to Dominate,” will offer two new features for attendees: a YANG Regional Meet-Up on Wednesday, May 17; and the Innovation Fair on Thursday, May 18 to highlight the latest products and services from suppliers to boost distribution business. 

The event will feature keynote speakers and an industry panel discussion. 

“The PBES leadership has embraced the idea of mentoring the next generation of industry professionals and we are really excited about all of our attending companies inviting an additional up-and-comer in their company,” said Keith Bell, U.S. sales manager-east, AkzoNobel, and chairman, PBES committee. 

“The Innovation Fair is a unique opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers to feature revolutionary products in an intimate networking setting that will appeal to all of the attendees,” said Joe Mattos, vice president corporate project manager, National Coatings & Supplies, and PBES committee member.

For the pre-event conference schedule, visit

The conference is open to PBES community members and non-members. Attendees can register online at Hotel reservations are due by April 14, 2017 to receive the group discounted rate. 

For more information, contact Paul Fiore at or 301-666-6664.

About PBES
The PBES community is composed of business owners and executives representing the paint, body and equipment industry’s leading jobbers, warehouse distributors, manufacturers, business services, major program groups and manufacturers’ representatives. For more information, contact Paul Fiore at, or call 301-654-6664.

About the Auto Care Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has nearly 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. Visit