This year’s ATE sold out for the sixth year in a row with a record 1,000+ industry professionals in attendance. Attendees included shop owners, managers, service advisors, technicians and auto instructors from around the region.
Jeff Lovell, president/executive director of ASA Northwest, stated, “We had 25 ASA volunteers that helped put this event together; our volunteers are the ones who make it all happen, and it’s exciting to watch them come together.”
The 2019 ATE featured more than 60 mechanical, collision and service classes presented by some of the top trainers in North America.
“The ATE Committee did a great job of choosing seminars that the automotive industry needs,” said Butch Jobst, ASA Northwest chairman of the board and owner of B & B Automotive, Inc. in Aberdeen, WA. “ATE is one of the most affordable training events on the West Coast providing the tools necessary to help drive the success of our members and the industry at large.”
Friday’s keynote speaker was John Burkhauser, who discussed “Your Passion – Is It Nowhere?” which was sponsored by Bolt On Technology. During breakfast on Saturday morning, the keynote presentation, sponsored by The Group Training Academy, was “Stopping Long Enough to Consider What Lies Ahead,” presented by Bill Haas. During lunch on Saturday, Chris Chesney discussed “To ADAS or Not to ADAS, That is the Question,” a keynote presentation sponsored by CTI/WTI. CTI/WTI co-sponsored Sunday morning’s keynote, along with Perpetual Business, as Bob Ward presented “The Next Generation Shop Owners.”
During the three days of classes, ATE 2019 also featured an extensive trade expo with more than 60 industry vendors exhibiting their parts, products, equipment and services. The expo floor was open on Friday evening and included hands-on demonstrations of the industry’s latest products as well as door prizes.
Sponsors of the 2019 ATE included CTI / WTI, BOLT ON TECHNOLODY; Kukui Corporation; Advance Auto Parts; Autologic; BOSCH; Delphi Technologies; Federated Insurance, Hunter Engineering Company; The Group Training Academy; Interstate Batteries; RLO Training; ATI; LKQ Corporation; NASTF; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Synchrony Car Care; Tekmetric; Wholesale Leaders; Benefit Consultants Northwest; Shepard & Shepard; Seattle Automotive Distributing; Farmers Insurance; UniFirst Corporation; Perpetual Business; Transmission Re-manufacturing Company; Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep; Intrepid Direct Insurance; Hybrid Automotive; Educational Seminars Institute; and Official Media Sponsor Parts & People Northwest.
Lovell stressed, “ASA Northwest could not put on such a successful ATE event without the support of our sponsors.”
For more information on ASA Northwest, visit asanorthwest.com.