From left; Theo Eisenhut-Service Advisor, Doug Jacquot-Owner, Brian Balke-Technician, and Tom Rosales-Technician, of Jammin’ J Automotive, attended the Industry Professionals Reception at Vision.MWACA President and Vision Co-founder Jerry Holcom talks of how Vision remains a cost-effective way to bring the whole shop for training.Richard Cox, of North Central Kansas Technical College, won 2019 Educator of the Year at Vision.The 2019 Industry Professionals Reception featured a photo bus where attendees could have a souvenir photo taken.Rick Anthes, of St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, attends the Educator Think Tank and Lunch at Vision.Tim Scott served as the emcee and opened up the 2019 Vision Celebration of Independents Dinner and Awards Ceremony.Jeff Peevy, AMi President, introduces the 2019 AMi graduates during the  Vision Celebration of Independents Dinner and Awards.Sheri Hamilton, executive director of MWACA and AMi chair, welcomes the 2019 AMi graduating class.Vision Co-chair Ron Haugen runs down the order of events for the Vision Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner.Comedian, John Branyan, had the crowd laughing during the  Vision Celebration of Independents Dinner and Awards. He is billed as the ‘Clean Comedian’.Winner of the Dave DeCourcey Scholarship was Taurai Sewara from Zimbabwe.Mike Moehlenkamp, owner of Gary’s Auto Service in Florissant, Mo., accepts the award for Green Star Facility of the year at the Vision Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner.Diedra Wixon, from Griffin Muffler and Brake in Fort Madison, Iowa, receives the Ed Schaeffer Scholarship at the Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner.Jimmy Lea, regional sales director of Kukui, challenged all in attendance at the  Vision Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner to “Enlighten the industry and be awesome.”Carl Hutchinson, owner of Complete Automotive in Springfield, Mo., received the Humanitarian of the Year Award at the  Vision Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner.Winner of the Facility of the Year Award at the Vision Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner was Schertz Auto Service in Schertz, Texas.Travis Troy, owner of Honest Wrenches in Des Moines, Iowa, received the President’s Club Award at the  Vision Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner.Four students were presented with $1,000 schoalrships at the 2019 Vision  Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner. Winners were, from left,Kelsy Luers, Southeast Community College; Carter Kabus, Washburn Tech; and Jarod Hile and Zach Cypert, both of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. From left,Erik St. Pierre, chief marketing officer, and Jordaan Diyulio, media manager of PartsTech, showcased their new parts ordering platform to attendees at the  Vision Hi-Tech Expo.Cardone team members showcased their line of brand new manufactured parts that will supplement the remanufactured lines they are known for at the  Vision Hi-Tech Expo.From left, Tim Collins, Jacob Hudson, and Tim Derritt, of NAPA’s Undercar Group, showcase their full line of undercar offerings.From left, Shane Loreno, Luke Kabele, and Chris Kabele from U.S. Powertrain showcase their transmission, transfer case, and differential capabilities at the  Vision Hi-Tech Expo.Rocky Tam, sales manager from Autel, showcases the new MaxiSys ADAS Calibration Tool at the Vision Hi-Tech Expo.From left, Wally Gawrych, of Robinson Distributing in St. Louis, Mo., and James Hood, of Summit Auto Supply in Lee’s Summit, Mo., showcase Justice Brothers lubrication products and Symtech Corp. shop equipment at the 2019 Vision Hi-Tech Expo.Ed Jaros, of Hunter Engineering, demonstrates how the TCX51 Heavy Duty Professional Tire Changer is operated at the 2019 VISION Hi-Tech Expo.From left, Cary Mellor and Dave Crawford, of The Hybrid Shop, explain how they can help prepare a shop to service hybrid vehicles at the 2019 VISION Hi-Tech Expo.Casey Asbury, of BG Products, explains how the CT2 Coolant Transfusion System quickly and efficiently installs new 50/50 coolant, while simultaneously removing worn out coolant, at the 2019 VISION Hi-Tech Expo.In his keynote speech, business leadership expert Steve Farber talks about creating a culture that will make customers love your business.Co-chairman Ron Haugen announces there were 526 first-time attendees at Vision.From left, Mark Nicodemus, Territory Sales Manager for S.U.R.&R Vehicle Fluid Line Repair Solutions, assists Dustin Osborn, sales manager for Al’s Automotive’s Lenexa, Kan., branch, in showing the capabilities of the PFT 409 pistol-grip flaring tool to Scott Bickley, owner of Little Wolf Auto in Waupaca, Wis., and Louis Saak, owner of Saak Automotive in Baxter, Iowa.Clark’s Tool & Equipment returned to Vision this year, and Matt McCoy (left,) manager of the Shawnee location and joined by Sales Manager John Johnson, reported that strong booth traffic prompted him to expand to a 300-square-foot booth at next year’s event.Peter Cooper, left, owner of Absolute Repair in Cumming, Iowa, discusses scan tool features with David Martin, of Diesel Laptops, at the Hi-Tech Tool Expo Thursday evening.Jason Hagen (left,) manager of Royal Autowerks in Overland Park, Kan., talks about new tools at O’Reilly Auto Parts with Regional Field Sales Manager John Massie.During the Sunday morning general session, Fred Gruner, principal hardware engineer at Nvidia Corp., predicts we will see self-driving cars on the roads within the next three years, beginning with $100,000 cars and later “working its way down.” The technology that allows this, he explains, is neural networks that are models of the human brain.At the “show within a show” Thursday evening, Al Santini (left) and Richard Krieger, of ConsuLab, show Hi-Tech Tool Expo the variety of classroom trainers the company offers.Prior to introducing the keynote speaker for Saturday morning’s general session, Mark Mills, director of strategic accounts for Advance Auto Parts, discusses additional training opportunities available through Advance’s Autopart International, CARQUEST Training Institute, and WORLDPAC Training Institute.During Friday’s Power Panel luncheon, from left, Aaron Stokes, owner of EuroFix, in Nashville, Tenn., Brian Bates, Eagle Automotive in the Littleton, Colo., area, and moderator Carm Capriotto, who hosts the “Remarkable Results” podcast, discuss how to attract and retain technicians.Vision Co-chairman Joe Sevart welcomes attendees to the Saturday morning general session.Jim Post, owner of Jim’s Automotive in Des Moines, Iowa, was the lucky winner of a 40-inch-class Vizio smart TV at Parts & People’s Vision booth. He’s congrataluted by Associate Editor Jay Sicht (left) and Midwest/River Valley Regional Manager Dustin Holland. (Photo By Laura Schulte)Richard Woodson, manager of Midwest Autoworx’s Boonville, Mo., location, won a prize package to Kansas Speedway’s May 11 Cup-series night race. (Photo By Laura Schulte)James Copeland, owner of Midwest Autoworx in Columbia, Mo., picked up a $275 MWACA gift certificate for having his entry drawn. (Photo By Laura Schulte)

Equipment, training, awards and more at the 2019 Vision Hi-Tech training event and expo

The 27th annual Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo event at the Overland Park Convention Center, kicked off with Thursday morning training sessions and culminated with the “show within a show,” where exhibitors showcased diagnostic and other high-tech equipment. The main event Expo, held Friday evening and Saturday, once again sold out the 60,000-square-foot expo floor, with more than 140 exhibitors, including 36 first-time exhibitors. Saturday evening’s annual Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner recognized individual achievements and those who have had a lasting impact within the industry.

The event, presented by Midwest Auto Care Alliance’s (MWACA), continues to break records, with more than 3,500 technicians, service advisors, and shop owners from 44 states and around the world in attendance.


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