PRO’s annual Long Range Planning (LRP) meeting is set to take place on June 13-15. This year, we are heading to the Gateway City of St. Louis, where members will gather to brainstorm ideas and plan for PRO’s future. 

Want to help shape the future of your industry? This is your once-a-year opportunity. Now in its 27th year, our annual LRP has historically been a place where new ideas and council initiatives are born. In fact, every initiative that PRO has undertaken is a direct result of conversations that have occurred during this annual event. The PRO Sales Training Manual, the SEMA Installer Certification Program, the PRO Business Development Guidebook, and the Owner Information Packet, to name a few, have all sprouted from previous LRP meetings.

This year’s three-day agenda is jam-packed with opportunities to brainstorm ideas and mingle with colleagues and peers during thought-provoking discussions aimed at encouraging an exchange of ideas. Individual breakout sessions will enable members to focus on key issues and carve out action plans for future implementation.

Members also will be treated to two casual and fun after-hours networking events planned for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, including a shop tour at the headquarters of Auto Trim Restyling and dinner hosted jointly by PRO and ATR.

“The annual project-planning meeting is an extremely worthwhile council activity,” observed Ellen McKoy, PRO chair. “The three-day format allows everyone to play an active role, and we are always impressed by the ideas that bubble up from our discussions. Our industry is undergoing significant change. It’s essential for us to develop effective strategies for dealing with industry-specific issues. By becoming actively involved in your council, you—and your company—can play a key role in helping PRO achieve its goals.”

The LRP is open to any person employed by a PRO-member company. The LRP will take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. Additional details of the event are pending, with more information to come, including a full agenda.

But now is the time to mark your calendar. Plan today to join fellow members and the PRO Select Committee at our 27th annual long-range planning meeting.

For more information, contact SEMA Councils Manager AJ Keefe at or at 909-978-6696.