Oxford, MS, April 23, 2019 – Next Gear Solutions, developer of the leading job management software solutions in the restoration industry, is proud to announce that registration for its second annual user conference, Next Gear Solutions CONNECT 2020, is now open. CONNECT is once again being held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA, January 14 – 17, 2020.

In January 2019, Next Gear hosted a very successful inaugural user conference with their innovative approach to presenting role-based sessions, most of which filled to capacity. Many 2019 attendees are already planning to return to New Orleans in 2020 and tracks are once again expected to reach capacity well in advance.

It is with great pride that Next Gear Solutions CONNECT 2020 User Conference will take their tailored role-based curriculums to the next level by adding a team collaboration dimension. The 2020 vision is to have attendees connect with the rest of their company after each of their own role-based track sessions in order to tie everything together, promoting the common goal of getting focused on the vision of 2020 as a team. The role-based sessions Next Gear plans to offer at CONNECT 2020 are designed for restoration professionals that are responsible for Finance and Accounting, Administration and Coordination, Field Tech, Project Management and Estimation, Sales and Marketing, General Management, as well as Business Owners. The Next Gear leadership team and product specialists will lead the sessions with years of industry knowledge and encourage participants to engage each other and share their own best practices, while being able to easily connect with the Next Gear team onsite. 

Garret Gray, Founder and CEO of Next Gear Solutions, will open the conference with a keynote address that will set the tone for the event: Move from hindsight to foresight and get focused on your 2020 vision. Not only does CONNECT 2020 want to create the opportunity for restoration contractors and industry professionals to collaborate with each other, the Next Gear team, and thought leaders, but also highlight the importance of making connections among company teams, so that they are aligned to grow and inspire positive change.

“I was delighted with how our first user conference turned out. And so now I am refocusing my vision to 2020 with a new goal in mind,” says Garret Gray, Founder and CEO of Next Gear Solutions. “CONNECT 2020 will be all about making each restoration company’s team stronger by building connections between each track. Teams will be able to apply what they have learned in individual tracks to their own specific company’s needs and align their vision for the upcoming year. Of course, I am also looking forward to sharing Next Gear’s passion and vision with our users again at this one-of-a-kind event in New Orleans.”

In addition to the role-based tracks throughout each day of the conference, CONNECT 2020 will offer a full trade show and networking experience, showcasing top vendors from the restoration industry in the exhibitor hall. Attendees of CONNECT 2020 will have the ability to earn IICRC continuing education credits.

Brandon Burton, the VP of Technical Application at Next Gear and the recently named IICRC Standards Chairman, will develop the Field Technician Track, leveraging over 20 years’ experience in the restoration industry. As an IICRC approved instructor in the categories of Applied Structural Drying and Water Damage Restoration, Brandon will ensure the Technician Track brings industry best practices and effective technology utilization to each field technician attendee.

For a full look at the CONNECT 2020 agenda and more, visit nextgearconnect.com.

About Next Gear Solutions

Next Gear Solutions, based in Oxford, MS, was established in 2008 with a mission to take restoration companies paperless, automate their workflow, and bring efficiency to the entire business operation. Since 2009, Next Gear’s software suite has grown to include solutions for managed repair networks, franchisors, and other insurance solutions. Next Gear is the leading technology solution for the restoration contractor space with the largest footprint of best-in-class restoration contractors in 5 countries.