3.22.22 - On March 18-20, over 3,000 industry professionals flocked to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ for the 45th Annual NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show. The three-day event boasted a full slate of educational opportunities on the industry’s most relevant topics as well as a chance to explore some of the latest and greatest tools and equipment on the trade show floor.

“NORTHEAST 2022 was fantastic!” shares AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee. “There was an outstanding turnout at the show, and it was exciting to see the industry gather together again. The educational slate offered great insights for automotive and collision professionals ready to take the next step to improving their businesses, and high-quality attendees interested in making purchases filled the trade show floor. Everybody was happy to be back at NORTHEAST, and I received a lot of favorable feedback from attendees and vendors.”

Multiple exhibitors confirm McNee’s assessment.

“We weren’t sure what to expect this year,” admits Lyn Tetreau, president and CEO of Lift King Products. “But we wanted to support NORTHEAST because we love this show. We got steady foot traffic on Friday with ticket sales and a lot of inquiries. On Saturday, we were ready to rock and roll, and we started the day out with big deal after big deal. Before we were halfway through Saturday, we knew we had a successful show. We weren’t expecting much on Sunday, but we made a bunch of deals on what’s historically been the slowest day of the show, too! We met with amazing people who we believe we’re going to have a lot of future relationships with, and that’s what it’s all about: future connections. So, if anyone asks if Lift King will be here next year, the answer is absolutely!”

“My impression of the show was very positive; the aisles were busy, and it felt like a return to the days before COVID,” notes Simone Mazzon, sales manager at USI of North America.”

“We hoped that NORTHEAST 2022 would be busy - and we weren’t disappointed,” says Nick Mattera, co-owner of Innovative Solutions & Technology. “The weekend flew by because we were talking to so many people during the whole show.

“Not only did we see good foot traffic on the floor, the industry professionals in attendance were incredibly engaged,” AkzoNobel Marketing Communications Manager Jen Poliski shares. “I’m very excited for NORTHEAST 2023, which I anticipate being even better and more populated as people gain confidence returning to normality.”

“Our seminars were full and the floor was crowded, on par with pre-
pandemic numbers, which was really amazing to see,” comments Thomas Greco, AASP/NJ secretary and president of Thomas Greco Publishing, event managers for NORTHEAST. “It really made the last two and a half years - spent postponing and waiting and wondering when the people would be ready to come back out - all worthwhile. 

“NORTHEAST 2022 was a total group effort. We had so many vendors, presenters and even industry professionals who couldn't get here but believe that working together helps everyone succeed, step up and promote and support the show. We have over 3,000 reasons to thank them all.”

"We’re gearing up to come back even bigger next year,” McNee predicts. “Mark your calendars now!”

AASP/NJ is already hard at work planning for NORTHEAST 2023, scheduled for March 17-19, 2023 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Visit aaspnjnortheast.com for updates on next year’s event as they become available, and check out the April issue of New Jersey Automotive for a full recap of NORTHEAST 2022. For more information on AASP/NJ, visit aaspnj.org.