‘Visionary Leadership: A Call to Action’ focus of upcoming MVP meeting for PPG

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, June 30, 2010 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) MVP Business Solutions group will host a conference for North American collision center owners and managers Sept. 19-21, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. With the theme “Visionary Leadership: A Call to Action,” the conference will offer seminars and peer discussions centering on how attendees can enhance leadership skills and play a creative, visionary role in fostering a high-performance collision repair culture.

Keynote addresses by Scott Klososky, internationally-renowned thought leader and technology visionary, and Richard Flint, one of America’s top personal development speakers and coaches, will highlight the conference. Also, the Disney Institute will offer an early-bird seminar examining proven Disney practices for optimizing creativity and improving business results through effective internal structures.

“Our keynote speakers will address critical issues that impact the collision center’s ability to operate as a cohesive unit and to perform at its full potential,” said Jim Berkey, PPG director, business solutions. “It’s all part of the overall conference objective to provide owners and managers the knowledge, tools and best practices that support a ‘continuous improvement’ approach to doing business.”

Klososky specializes in helping leaders to see the world in new ways. He brings the imagination of a futurist together with practical experience. His address will focus on how forward thinking and technology can help business leaders grab their “unfair” share of customers. He also will explain his “High-Beam Leadership” approach and its application to better predict and prepare for industry changes.

Flint has successfully helped professional organizations, businesses and individuals for more than 30 years. His presentation, “Recharging the Human Spirit,” will discuss how the transitional economy has affected the motivation of a company’s leadership and employees, in turn weakening productivity. Flint will provide tools that can recharge motivation, rebuild morale and re-energize a company and its employees to perform at their highest levels.

Klososky and Flint also will lead breakout seminars – “White Collar Lean” and “Becoming a Creator of Business,” respectively – designed to aid in boosting productivity and generating new business.

Recognizing that the competitive nature of the collision center marketplace has undergone a fundamental shift, Norm Angrove, PPG senior manager, value-added programs, will present a seminar on marketing in the 21st century.

“In light of the intensified competition in our industry, our customers need to take advantage of the new marketing opportunities available to them today,” Angrove said. “Technology and online opportunities have made an obvious difference, but there’s much more to address to help customers accelerate their success.”

In addition, experts David Knapp and Mike Gunnells will provide an introduction to continuous-improvement methods proven successful at the original-equipment manufacturing level, a Disney Institute representative will explain why a down economy presents a great opportunity for outpacing the competition, and a panel of industry experts will offer insight into the future of the collision center business.

Conference attendance is open to owners and managers of collision centers using PPG Automotive Refinish products. The conference is one of a range of MVP value-added elements intended to keep PPG customers positioned to face today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

To register or get more information, visit www.ppgmvp.com. For more about MVP Business Solutions, contact a PPG territory manager or send e-mail to MVPmailbox@ppg.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 businesses. Green Belt Training is part of the MVP program.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Norm Angrove
PPG Automotive Refinish