Fighter pilot Jim Murphy to address MVP conference on leading ‘Flawless Execution’

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 24, 2009 – The theme and focus of PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) conference for the MVP Business Solutions group, Sept. 13-15 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, is “Accelerating Performance.”

“We have an exciting and powerful mix of speakers, seminars and discussion groups, all targeted at helping collision center owners and managers strengthen their leadership and execution skills and their ability to get the right things done to improve their business performance,” said Jim Berkey, director, business solutions, PPG Automotive Refinish.

Keynote speakers at the conference include:


  • Jim “Murph” Murphy, founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc. – Murphy is a former F-15 fighter pilot, an author and a renowned business consultant who possesses a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills honed through experience in both the military and business worlds. He will share his high-energy Flawless Execution methodology – born from military aviation and the business world – helping owners and managers execute on mission-critical initiatives within their businesses.
  • Sam Hornish Jr., Penske driver of the PPG-sponsored No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger – A three-time IndyCar Series champion, Hornish won the 2006 Indianapolis 500 and is currently a Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.
  • Patrick Graupp, author and senior master trainer in TWI – Graupp is a widely-recognized expert in the principles of Training Within Industry (TWI) and recipient of the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize 2007 for his practical workbook entitled “Essential Skills for Supervisors.” Graupp recently certified a team of PPG Business Solutions trainers in all three TWI disciplines, currently offered exclusively to PPG collision center owners and managers.
  • Scott Shriber, publisher of Bodyshop BusinessShriber is a 30-year veteran of the automotive industry. His 27 years with Ford Motor Co. included senior management work in sales, marketing, customer service, dealer profitability, fixed operations and warranty, and he joined Babcox Publications in 2008 as publisher of Bodyshop Business.


“We are constantly striving to build on our success with the Business Solutions Conferences,” said Randy Dewing, senior business solutions manager, PPG Automotive Refinish. “That’s why we have assembled another strong line-up for Nashville – so strong that I am sure many customers will be able to look back and see this conference as a turning point for the improved performance of their business.”

Attendance at the conference is open to owners and managers of collision centers using PPG Automotive Refinish products. For more information about keynote speakers, seminars, discussion groups and registration for the conference, please visit

For more information about PPG MVP Business Solutions, contact your PPG territory manager or e-mail

When introduced more than a decade ago, MVP Services was the first program of its kind in the collision repair industry. Thousands of collision center owners and managers have taken advantage of MVP’s innovative services to improve the way they run their businesses. Green Belt Training is part of the MVP program.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit




Norm Angrove
PPG Automotive Refinish