During the last weekend of September, September 27-29, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) are hosting their Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE) at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Cary, NC. Their website boasts this event as the “largest automotive aftermarket event in the Carolinas.”
According to IGONC President, John Hill, the event, previously the IGONC Expo, was dissociated from the association five years ago to appeal to a wider audience by renaming it ASTE. Typically, between 400 to 600 shops register to visit the 50+ vendors on the exposition floor.
Hill notes that the most important benefit of the exposition is the opportunity for networking; “attendees are able to learn from one another’s experiences as people open up and are willing to discuss their business. They develop relationships, all while receiving afford, worthwhile training that they can take back to their shop and benefit their jobs.”
The three days of automotive training will include 25 management and training sessions, featuring some of the nation’s top trainers delivering the most current information in the collision repair industry. Speakers include Gary Gunn, Danny Sanchez, Scott Brown, Bob Beckmann, Joe Knight, Alvin Tyson and Sam Strickland.
The seminars cover all aspects of the collision repair industry, from budgeting and marketing to customer service, modern technology and even diagnostics. Saturday night, an awards banquet will be held at 6:30 pm, followed by a casino night beginning at 9 pm.
Those interested in registering can visit http://www.asteshow.com/ where the registration form is located. Attendees can register for one day or the entire weekend.
IGONC was established in 1959 and has since grown to include 560 members statewide. They have nine active chapters across NC, and each holds monthly meetings.
PO Box 90426
Raleigh, NC 27675