PPG spring MVP conference looks ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ to help collision centers succeed

Human resources expert Cam Marston is featured speaker

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 12, 2010 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business will host an MVP Business Solutions conference for collision center owners and managers at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego, March 28-30. Centering on the theme “Beyond Tomorrow,” the conference agenda will focus on helping attendees shape their collision center’s business plan to deal effectively with today’s business realities while leveraging tomorrow’s opportunities.

“This MVP conference will be truly unique,” said Jim Berkey, director, MVP Business Solutions. “An important focus will be how to bring out the best from the employees that comprise the typical collision repair business. The fact that four distinct generations are now working side by side in the workplace – with each possessing differing values and seemingly incompatible views on leadership – makes effective management of this generational divide vital to a collision center’s success. So to that end, Cam Marston, one of the leading experts in the field, will be our keynote speaker.”

Marston, founder and president of Generational Insight, works with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses to improve multigenerational relations and communications in the workplace. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, HR Management Today, Money Magazine, Fortune Small Business and numerous trade and business journals across the country. He is also author of the book Motivating the "What's In It For Me" Workforce: Managing Across the Generational Divide.

Along with Marston’s critical presentation, the three-day conference will offer management training, breakout seminars and peer-to-peer discussion groups.

“The substance of this conference has been planned to make a positive difference for every attendee,” said Norm Angrove, PPG senior manager, value-added programs. “We’ll be addressing a host of critical issues – leadership, communications, best practices – in practical, relevant ways that allow our customers to reach the next level of success.”

Attendance at the conference is open exclusively to owners and managers of collision centers using PPG Automotive Refinish products. Online registration began Jan. 11. To register or obtain more information about the event and MVP Business Solutions, visit www.ppgmvp.com.

When introduced more than a decade ago, MVP Business Solutions was the first program of its kind in the collision repair industry. Since then, thousands of collision center owners and managers have taken advantage of MVP’s innovative services to improve the way they run their business. 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 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit ppg.com.

Norm Angrove
PPG Automotive Refinish