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Friday, 29 March 2019 21:08

MWACA Hosts Record-Breaking 2019 VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo

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Attendees gathered for four days of valuable training at MWACA’s 2019 VISION HiTech Training and Expo. Attendees gathered for four days of valuable training at MWACA’s 2019 VISION HiTech Training and Expo. Courtesy of MWACA


From Feb. 28--March 3, the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) hosted its 27th annual VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS.


With more than 29,450 hours of management and technical training and more than 110 cutting-edge courses, VISION 2019 set new records as it continues to grow.


It “remains the industry’s premier event for automotive service professionals,” according to MWACA Executive Director Sheri Hamilton. “VISION attendees traveled from 44 states, seven Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Zimbabwe and Australia. With more than 520 first-time attendees, VISION’s footprint continues to expand each year.”


Training courses were available for all levels of technicians, managers and shop owners, including hands-on and live-car technician training courses. VISION also included heavy duty training again this year.


Kathleen Jarosik, owner of Xpertech Auto Repair in Englewood, FL, shared, “This is THE training conference to attend with your entire team! I believe there is enough training done in a few short days to change the trajectory of an entire shop.”


On Thursday evening, VISION 2019 featured the Hi-Tech Tool Expo, where some of the industry’s leading manufacturers had their latest scan tool and diagnostic technology on display. The main expo for the event was open on Friday and Saturday with a sold-out show floor, despite this year’s expansion to over 60,000 square feet. Thirty-six vendors exhibited for the first time at VISION this year.


“VISION is well worth the opportunity to meet with, engage and learn from some of the smartest people in the business. There is nothing like it,” stated Samantha Criswell, Diagnostic Network.


Sharon West from Fullbay heavy duty shop management software said, “Exhibiting at the VISION Hi-Tech Expo was great for Fullbay. We acquired new customers at the show and loved that they have a place for those in the heavy duty industry!”


The Educator Think Tank™ continued to be a favorite feature during the conference, offering a place for educators to share ideas and receive specific training related to their roles. The 2019 VISION Educator of the Year award was presented to Richard Cox from North Central Kansas Technical College.

VISION 2019 also featured the second annual Silent Auction. Many industry professionals donated and bid on items. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the MWACA Technicians of Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF), a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization that strives to offer financial assistance to students and professionals pursuing an education and career in the automotive service industry.


Saturday evening featured VISION’s annual Celebration of Independents Awards Dinner, during which some of the industry’s best were recognized. The 2019 Service Facility of the Year award was presented to Schertz Auto in Schertz, TX. Best Website went to inMotion Auto Care in Lincoln, NE, and Carl Hutchinson from Complete Automotive in Springfield, MO, was named Humanitarian of the Year. Travis Troy was recognized by MWACA’s President’s Club, and the Green Star Facility award went to Mike Moehlenkamp of Gary’s Auto Service in Florissant, MO.


During the awards dinner, four students were recognized as the 2019 recipients of TTEF’s $1,000 scholarships. The first Harvey Chan Memorial Scholarship was awarded to John Vera, and Taurai Sewera received the Dave Decourcey Memorial Scholarship.


Many sponsors contributed to VISION 2019’s success, including Federated Insurance, Advance Auto Parts, CARQUEST Training Institute, WORLDPAC Training Institute, Kukui, NAPA Auto Parts, AutoVitals and Ratchet+Wrench.


MWACA’s 28th annual VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo is scheduled for March 5--8, 2020 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Exhibitor space is already 93 percent sold out for the 2020 expo. For more information, visit

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