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2024 PBE Distributors Spring Show a Sold-Out Success

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PBE Distributors team and industry legends Jon Kosmoski, House of Kolor and Ryan Evans, Count’s Kustoms, pose for a group photo during the 2024 Spring Trade Show, April 11 at the Hilton Meadowvale/Mississauga.
The show, which was sold out for 2024, continues to expand with new exhibitors and products.
At the 3M display, we ran into (L-R) Lucas Humberstone, John Ogiltree, Steve Morden and Peter Wrong.
Russ Duncan, Sales and Marketing Director, Canada, for Pro Spot with the PR-5D Rivet Gun.
Representing Norton Saint-Gobain and RSG Refinishing Products, were (L-R) Marlene Van Zyl, Mark Novak and Andrew Tabone.
Ryan Evans, master painter from Count’s Kustoms in Las Vegas (right), with House of Kolor legend Jon Kosmoski (centre) and Tom Smith, USC/House of Kolor.
Grant Brothers Sales had a sizeable presence at this year’s PBE’s Spring Show. Representing Kimberley-Clark were David Fisher (left) and John Adams.
Larry Cook (left) and Derek Morton represented Dominion Sure Seal.
At the Launch-Tech booth where a range of scanning and diagnostic tools were on display, we found Dave Marion (right) and Leith Clay from Grant Brothers, which distributes these products in Canada.
(L-R) At the Matrix Edge display for Sherwin Williams this year were Thane Christensen (left) and Mark Potporski.
Joel Clayton, National Sales Manager, Canada Automotive, for Sherwin Williams (right), with Glen Hannan, from Specialty Sales & Marketing at the Dupli-Color booth.
At Valspar, we met up with Bruce Redwood (left) and Romehl Capcap.
Up from the U.S. and representing POR-15’s range of products was Rob Josephson.
Johanna Smith, Sales & Marketing Manager for H&S Autoshot, with one of the company’s SPR-Pro UNI-6800 Self-Piercing Riveters.
David Kidd (left) from Presta Products and Mike McLean from CASM had a range of had a range of cool detailing and finishing products on display.
Representing Glasurit for BASF, were (L-R) John Vella, Paul Souliere and Robbie Stern.
At Proform, we had a good chat with Jim Speck (left) and Andy Ramjohn.
By the early evening, the floor was busy with distributors, collision industry professionals and special VIPs.
Photos Huw Evans

Annual expo draws big crowds and industry celebrities.

On April 11, PBE Distributors hosted its annual Spring Show and Expo at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale, just west of Toronto. This invitation only event marked the 34th anniversary of PBE servicing customers from its Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada warehouses.

Celebrity guests

Distributors, jobbers, and Industry VIPs from across the collision repair /restoration industry came from across Canada and beyond. A big draw this year were celebrity guests from the U.S.—Ryan Evans, Maverick of Color and Premier Painter from Count’s Kustoms in Las Vegas (showcased on the reality show Counting Cars), as well as Jon Kosmoski, industry legend and backbone of House of Kolor since 1956. Both celebrities were on hand to chat with attendees, take pictures, plus give away a special, signed 23 x26 colour poster.

Big prizes

The PBE Spring Show and Expo always offers some great raffle prizes, including two 70-inch 4K Smart TVs—one donated by 3M Canada for VIP Body Shops and another, donated by PBE for distributors to win. Barry Kuhel, of Bear’s Restorations was the recipient of the 3M donated TV, while Paula Labinowicz of CARQUEST Brampton, won the PBE donated TV.

Other items donated for prize draws included the only DeVilbiss DV1 Basecoat “Gambler” Digital HVLP Spray Gun for a VIP shop (won by Tony Le from ProColor Collision Etobicoke South); plus, a Pro Spot welding protection kit (won by Cathy Shouldice, of Shouldice Collision in Cambridge, Ont.)

Additionally, Innovative Tool donated all 9 pieces it had on display at the event to attending VIP body shops.

Banner year

During an interview with Autosphere at the event, Darrin Heise, General Manager for PBE Distributors, noted that the company has seen a banner year in 2023, having come out of the COVID pandemic is a strong position. “We’ve concentrated on keeping inventory, allowing us to ensure our [distributor] customers were supplied with the stock they needed. There was a fear that following COVID, we would go back to buying direct, but we have been able to maintain that business and continue growing it, and it looks like 2024 will build upon the success we saw last year.”

Regarding the show, which returned in physical form in 2023 after a three-year absence due to the pandemic and saw record attendance, Heise said PBE changed the format a little for 2024 by opening the doors earlier during the day, giving more attendees more time to attend the show. “Whether the new format works, we’ll have to wait and see,” said Heise, though he noted that “all of the right customers are here—the guys that are looking for new products and deals and we’re really happy about that. We were sold out this year and had five new exhibitors, which is great as we are continually looking to grow the event and expand our product range and offerings.”

 

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