The Hi-Tech Tool Expo, on the opening night of the Vision Conference in Kansas City.
A record attendance of more than 3,600 technicians, service advisors, and shop owners turned out for the annual Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo in Kansas City this spring.
It was the 26th year of the popular conference and trade show, hosted by the Midwest chapter of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), drawing people from 44 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces, and some from as far away as St. Maarten, Zimbabwe, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala.
Organizers said the event featured dozens of speakers leading scores of classes, and resulting in over 25,500 hours of training (that is, the number of classes times the number of hours of training, times the number of students).
Sessions were available in four different steams: Management, Technical, Heavy Duty, and Educators.
“This is, if not the best show in the U.S., certainly a close rival,” said management speaker Cecil Bullard at one of the final sessions of the week. “People should be beating down the door to get in, especially given the fact that vehicle technology and consumer behaviour are changing so rapidly. This is where you learn how to adapt to all the change!”