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Independents Leave Conference with Comic Book, Lots of Information

Attendees of last week's Independent Glass Association's (IGA) annual conference and Spring Glass Show™ left not only armed with the IGA's new comic book, "Don't Get Steered," but also with tons of information from the array of speakers on-hand. From NAGS to Internet marketing to a look inside Safelite Solutions, attendees had many chances to learn throughout the three-day event, held at the Cashman Convention Center in Las Vegas May 1-3.

"[The comic book] was one of the most helpful tools I'll take out of here," said Randy Dietz of Atlas Windshield Repair in

GTS' Scott Orth's presentation about Internet marketing was one of the most informative, attendees said.

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He also noted he found particular help in the presentations of Chuck Lloyd of Livgard and Rabuse in Minneapolis, who spoke on legal tips for independents and the services he is now offering to IGA members, and Erica Eversman, chief counsel for Vehicle Information Services Inc., who spoke on both automotive and legal issues for shops.

The Internet marketing presentation by Scott Orth of GTS Services also was a popular session.

"I learned a lot on [Internet marketing] in a short period," said Bill Rogers of Alabama Glastek Inc. in Birmingham, Ala.

Overall, he said the conference offered something for all in attendance.

"I think everyone took something from it," Rogers added.

Larry Hamilton of Hamilton Glass traveled from Newton, Iowa, to attend the event.

"I didn't sit through any that I didn't take something away from," he said. "I'd probably say the Internet Marketing session was the most informative."

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