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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:48

IGONC’s 2018 ASTE Proves To Be Large Success

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ASTE Banquet with 2019 IGONC Board Members after being sworn in. Shown left to right: Charlie Creech, Robert Crawford, Kayo Jenkins, Gary Summerfield, Tim Lasley, Paul Morro, Stan Creech, John Hill, Dean Bailey and Joe Stanley ASTE Banquet with 2019 IGONC Board Members after being sworn in. Shown left to right: Charlie Creech, Robert Crawford, Kayo Jenkins, Gary Summerfield, Tim Lasley, Paul Morro, Stan Creech, John Hill, Dean Bailey and Joe Stanley

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On Sept. 28--29, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) hosted its 2018 Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE) at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Cary, NC.

 

According to IGONC Executive Director Bob Pulverenti, “It is by far the largest show we have had in years, with 14 speakers, 34 classes and more social events, including comedian Kody Steele at the awards banquet.”

 

The 2018 ASTE began on Thursday evening with a reception pre-party at Rally Point, followed by an IGONC Hospitality Suite. The educational portion of the event commenced on Friday morning with a variety of informative seminars. Rick White of 180BIZ presented “Change Is a Given,” ATI’s Jim Silverman discussed “Effective Succession Planning,” and David Patrick, instructor for the CARQUEST Technical Institute, focused on “Asian Security Systems Theory and Operation.” Additionally, presentations were delivered by GM’s Chris Peace, Aaron Stokes of Shop Fix Academy, ACDC CEO Craig VanBatenburg, Dirk Fuchs of ZF Group, Kukui speaker Jimmy Lea, and Tom Dorsey of AutoVitals.

 

During lunch on Friday, Carm Capriotto, founder and host of Remarkable Results Radio, mediated a Technician Town Hall Forum that focused on everything related to technicians, including the technician shortage, retaining technicians, training, benefits and more. The panelists included CARQUEST’s Chris Chesney, Amy Mattinat of Craftsman Auto, Lucas Underwood from L&N Performance, and Jim Lasley of Wilson’s Garage.

 

In addition to the continuation of White’s all-day seminar, Friday afternoon featured seven educational options: “How to Put on a Successful Women’s Car Care Clinic and Brand Your Shop as The Expert in Your Community” by Mattinat, Patrick’s “Current Probe Revisited,” Peace’s “Diesel Emissions and the After-treatment,” “A Mobile Tech’s Tips & Tricks for Diagnostic Techs” presented by Edwin Hazzard of South East Mobile Tech in South Carolina, VanBatenburg’s “High Voltage Battery Packs,” Fuchs’ “Modern Chassis Technology,” and “Communication and Management: Millennials & Generation Y” presented by Mandee Bradshaw, VP of client acquisition at Management Success.

 

Friday evening featured the Hotel Manager’s Reception and ASTE Pizza Party followed by the highly anticipated Casino Night, a crowd favorite. The evening ended with the nightly Hospitality Suite.


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