After reviewing and grading more than 120 training submissions, a panel of auto repair shop owners and technicians has selected the top trainers and the technical and business management classes for the new Repair Shop HQ at AAPEX 2020. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas.
The training in Repair Shop HQ will be offered in three theatres and will be experiential and hands-on with classes for all levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. Seating is first come, first served, and all classes are included in attendee online registration, which is $40 (U.S.) through Friday, Oct. 9.
The trainers selected to lead the classes are: Jim Wilson, Group Training Academy; Richard Cregar, Automotive Training Authority (ATA); Bill Haas, Haas Performance Consulting; Cecil Bullard, Institute for Automotive Business Excellence; Mike Reynolds, Mobile Automotive Service Solutions (MASS); Eric Ziegler, EZ Diagnostic Solutions Inc.; Murray Voth, RPM Training; Tony Salas, Group Training Academy; Jeremy O’Neal, Advisorfix; Greg Bunch, Aspen Auto Clinic; John Thornton, Autotrain Inc.; Rick White, 180BIZ; and Maylan Newton, Educational Seminars Institute.
Technical classes will cover labscope usage, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibrations, controller area networks (CANs), European diagnostics, essential diagnostic steps, aftertreatment diagnosis in today’s electronically controlled diesel trucks, push button ignition diagnostics and in cylinder pressure transducer diagnostics.
Business management classes will focus on effective leadership and communication, diagnosing and repairing a business, moving from a price based model to a value based model, diagnostic sales skills, success with multi-location businesses and attracting top talent.
As the premier event representing the more than $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry, AAPEX is preparing for November by following guidelines and best practices laid out for events by the CDC, along with national and local government mandates. In addition, AAPEX leadership and its planning team are working closely with The Venetian, Sands Expo and Caesars Forum Conference Center to implement recommendations and create the optimal onsite experience for conducting business, while focusing on the well-being of all in attendance. To learn more, read AAPEX onsite health and safety.
Historically, AAPEX features approximately 2,500 exhibiting companies displaying their latest products, services and technologies that keep the world’s 1.3 billion vehicles on the road.
AAPEX buyers include automotive service and repair professionals, auto parts retailers, independent warehouse distributors, program groups, service chains, automotive dealers, fleet buyers and engine builders.
AAPEX is a trade-only event and is closed to the general public.