On Oct. 12, ASA-PA hosted its 2019 Super Saturday training extravaganza at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA.
The event featured a keynote presentation and a multitude of educational seminars for attendees to choose from as well as a vendor expo during lunch. According to ASA-PA Treasurer Joe Tranchitella, “We received a lot of good feedback this year, and attendance at the event doubled compared to last year. We had over 300 attendees this year from 20 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and England, in addition to 28 vendors from all over the country and even a vendor from England.
Super Saturday 2019 consisted of keynote speaker Scott Brown of the Diagnostic Network, in the morning, followed by morning training sessions, a vendor expo during lunch, and then afternoon educational sessions. Many of the seminars were sold out well in advance of the event. Training covered technical topics such as calibration, gasoline direction injection operations, hybrids, and more, plus management seminars offered insights into customer communication, productivity, attracting talent, and coaching employees.
Thirteen industry renowned instructors taught participants at ASA-PA’s 2019 Super Saturday training event. Worldpac sponsored presentations by Rick White of 180BIZ and Autotrain’s John Thornton. Morning and afternoon seminars were also taught by Bolt On Technology, Jerry “G” Truglia of Technicians Service Training (TST), Kris Lewis of Onsite Automotive Training and Consulting, Brown, David Hobbs of Delphi Technologies, Master Technician Brandon Steckler, Eric Ziegler from EZ Diagnostic Solutions, and Jorge Menchu, president of AESwave.com. Full-day classes on “J-2534 Programming: Domestic and Asian” and “Tips & Tricks for Snap On Scopes” were taught by automotive repair industry professional Keith Perkins and Brin Kline of Assured Auto Works, respectively.
While the management courses were geared towards automotive and collision repair shops, the technical seminars focused on the mechanical side of the industry due to a lack of involvement from local collision repair professionals, a shortcoming that ASA-PA hopes to change in the future. Tranchitella shared, “There are a lot of changes happening in the collision repair industry, and shops really need to stay on top of ADAS and other training opportunities.