On March 1--4, ASA-Midwest hosted its 2018 VISION HiTech Training and Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS.
Currently in its 26th year, the conference broke records by attracting 3,650 attendees from the automotive service industry, including more than 500 first-time attendees, another record-breaking feat.
Michael Reynolds from MASS in Mt. Charleston, SC, stated, “As a first time attendee, I was blown away by every aspect of VISION. This event illuminates our industry, and I can’t wait for next year.”
This year’s VISION conference featured more than 25,500 hours of technical and management training from the industry’s best speakers, offering more than 100 cutting-edge training courses. Cecil Bullard, President of the Institute for Automotive Business Excellence, exhibited and provided training at VISION 2018.
“VISION is the top automotive show for independent automotive professionals,” he said. “Every shop owner should attend and bring his/her staff. The information and knowledge that can be gained is invaluable.”
Heavy Duty technical training was a new addition to VISION’s agenda this year and was held at the neighboring Marriott Overland Park. There, attendees received training not often readily available on the latest technology. Sessions included hands-on demonstrations and covered topics such as diagnostic scan tools, air brakes and SCR.
VISION 2018 also again featured the Educator Think Tank, which provides a forum for educators to attend training related to their needs as an educator and to share ideas with their peers. During this session, the 2018 Educator of the Year Award was presented to Jim Morton, engine performance instructor at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA. The purpose of this award is to honor an educator who goes above and beyond to inspire students, develop innovative training programs and work with the industry to further the opportunities for tomorrow’s technicians.
“It is an honor to award Jim Morton as the 2018 recipient of our VISION Educator of the Year Award,” praised Sheri Hamilton, VISION Conference Manager and ASA-Midwest Executive Director. “There is no better mentor than Jim. His role as educator doesn’t end when the students graduate the program. He goes above and beyond in giving his students many great opportunities after they graduate.”