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  • 08 Apr 2014 8:42 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The “Connected Shop” has been evolving for almost 2 decades, with North American and European standards defining how shop management systems, information systems and diagnostic tools can share information in a seamless environment. What do these “connected” strategies mean as the Connected Car becomes more pervasive in the car parc? ToolTech 2014 explores the connected shop, both Dealership and Aftermarket, and how they will interact with the Connected Vehicle, with a powerful lineup of panel discussions and speakers – from OE and Aftermarket companies participating in the “Connected” environments – so that the automotive service network is equipped to take advantage of these new technologies to provide the services our customers expect.
     

    Keynote Speaker
    Monday 3:30 - 5:00 PM
    Integrating Digital and Social Media into your Mix
    Suse Barnes - President and Digital Marketing Consultant - Susby Internet Solutions

    OEM Panel - Question and Answer Session with the Automakers

    Tuesday 9:00 - 10:30 AM
    Panelists:
    Bob Stewart, Aftermarket Service Support and Brand Protection, GM
    Wes Arnold, Assistant Manager, Special Tools/Tool and Equipment Program, Honda
    Tom Wall, Technical Information and Diagnostics Manager, Toyota
    Jim VonEhr, Manager, Technical Information and Serviceability, Nissan
    Nathan Knight, Regulatory Affairs Engineer, Porsche
    Kurt Immekus, Service Publications Regulatory Specialist, Volkswagen
    Dennis Blough, Director Marine and Auto Service - Division Head, Suzuki

    Shop Owner/Technician Perspective Panel
    Tuesday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Panelists:
    Richard Kahn, Owner, Earth In Upheaval
    Harry Dhaliwal, Owner, Drive Rite Automotive
    Scott Andrews, Owner, Pacific Rim Automotive
    Ray Paoletti, Owner, Personalized Auto Care
    Jason Smith, Technician, Dana Point Auto Service
    Aaron Christaldi, Technician, Paul’s Japanese Auto Repair

    Connected Vehicle Session - Data and Information Access
    Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Vehicle Data Ownership
    Presenters:
    Stephen Finnegan - Manager, Government and Community Affairs, Automobile Club of Southern California
    Greg Brannon- Director, Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations - AAA National Office

    Safe and Secure Access to Vehicle Data (The Vehicle Station Gateway)
    Presenter:
    Greg Potter - Global Director - Business Development and Product Management - DG Technologies

    Access to Vehicle Manufacturer Training Materials

    Presenters:
    Mark Warren - Trainer - WorldPac Technical Training Program
    Rob Morrell - Director – WorldPac Training Institute

    Question and Answer Session on Technology Integration and National Accounts

    Thursday 9:00 - 10:30 AM
    Panelists:
    George Hoffman, Manager Automotive Assets, Sears Automotive
    Martin Corbett, Director, Property Management Purchasing and Service Equipment, The PepBoys

    Panel Discussion on Collision Service Procedures
    Thursday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    Panelists:
    Kelly Logan,
    Project Manager--Body Repair Program, Tesla Motors
    Dan Risley, President, ASA
    Steve Marks, Industry Technical Support Manager, I-CAR
     
    For more information on the Speakers and Subjects that will be presented at ToolTech 2014, click here.

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  • 22 Jan 2014 11:23 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the Association of Global Automakers (Global), the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality (CARE) have announced their collective acceptance of a national agreement to ensure consumer choice in post-warranty auto repair, decisively ending the longstanding “Right to Repair” debate within the industry.  Read More
  • 13 Jan 2014 10:45 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    MAHLE Clevite Inc. has announced the transition of its company name to MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.   According to the company, the changeover to the new company name, effective Jan. 1, 2014, serves a dual purpose: to bring MAHLE in line with all of the MAHLE Global Aftermarket divisions, and to highlight the substantial diversification of the MAHLE Aftermarket product mix.  Read More
  • 01 Jan 2014 3:13 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    Chrysler will soon fully belong to Italian automaker Fiat SpA.  On Wednesday, Fiat announced that it had struck a deal to aquire the last 41.5 percent stake of Chrysler Group LLC for $3.6 billion.  The shares are owned by the VEBA Trust, which is run by the United Auto Workers. The deal is expected to be official by Jan. 20.As part of the deal, Chrysler will pay the trust $700 million in four annual installments.  Read More.

  • 11 Dec 2013 1:20 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors of Orinda, Calif., has been elected 2014 chair of the NASTF board of directors, the first independent shop owner chair of NASTF since its founding in 2000. Pennebaker has served on the NASTF Board for many years as a representative of the Automotive Service Council of California.  Read More
  • 10 Dec 2013 3:28 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    General Motors Co. has named product development executive Mary Barra as its next CEO, making her the first female leader of a global automotive company, Bloomberg News reported.  Read More.

  • 22 Nov 2013 8:58 AM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    Editor's Report
    By John Lypen | November 2013
    Which scan tool is best? Why does diagnostic equipment cost so much? An industry expert shares his perspective on these and other vexing questions we often hear from Motor readers.  Read More
  • 07 Nov 2013 6:47 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)

    The Equipment and Tool Institute has announced a new service – ETI Meeting and Event Services (M&ES) – available to ETI member companies, associations and businesses to assist in the planning and management of meetings and events. Read More 

  • 17 Oct 2013 1:47 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    To promote cooperation on legislative and technical issues of importance to the economic health of the global independent auto care industry, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) recently hosted leaders of several European and South African aftermarket organizations for week-long talks. Among the issues addressed were Right to Repair, challenges posed by car company telematics systems and the common goals for the U.S./EU free trade agreement currently being negotiated.  Read More.
  • 26 Aug 2013 12:55 PM | Jessie Korosec (Administrator)
    The Fall 2013 General Meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), which takes place Wednesday, Nov. 6, will include a discussion of counterfeit tools.   Bob Stewart, manager of aftermarket service support for General Motors, was recently charged with coordinating the GM response to this threat and has agreed to share his knowledge with the independent aftermarket in a session titled "Who's Cheating Whom." Read More.
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