Challenges of Repairing Tomorrow’s Vehicles


The premiere conference and expo for the future of automotive service.

Join the Equipment & Tool Institute for the 2019 annual ToolTech. Network with industry insiders, peers, OEM personnel and meet with key contacts in the marketplace. Attendees learn, grow and gain valuable insights from speaker sessions and presentations from industry leaders, discussion groups, one-on-one meetings, press conferences and the company spotlight activity. ToolTech is the only forum of its kind in the service industry.

Date & Location

April 29 - May 1, 2019
Hilton Charlotte
University Place Hotel
8269 JM Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

Agenda (subject to change)

Date/Time Event Speaker
Monday 4/29
5:15 PM Depart for downtown Charlotte
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception at NASCAR Hall of Fame
Tuesday 4/30
8:30 - 9:00 AM Seeing Around the Corner John Ellis, John Ellis & Associates
9:00 - 9:30 AM Attacking Aftermarket Issues: Providing leadership in Times of Uncertainty Chris Gardner, AASA
9:30 - 10:00 AM Smart Parts Joe LaCross, PITSTOP
10:00 - 10:30 AM Collision Session - Tech Challenges Bob Augustine, Scott VanHulle
10:30 - 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 - 11:30AM Racing to Autonomy Automotive 4.0 John Waraniak, SEMA
11:30 - 12:00 PM OEM Panel
12:00 - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 PM One-on-One Appointments
5:00 - 6:00 PM Display set-up
6:00 - 8:00 PM Company Spotlight / Reception
8:00 - 9:00 PM Tear down
Wednesday 5/1
8:30 - 9:00AM Emerging Vehicle Technologies Evan Hirsh, Strategy&, PwC
9:00 - 9:30 AM How to see the Future First Jeff DeGraff, U of M
9:30 - 10:00 AM Swimming in “” Without Being Eaten Greg Carfine, Whitebox
10:00 - 10:30 AM Technology that Enables More Effective Marketing Programs for Tool Manufacturers Al Haberstroh, MontAd Media
10:30 - 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 - 11:30 AM Aftermarket Disruption in 4D: How CASE, Digital Entrants and Data Monetization will Impact the Bay Kumar Saha, Frost & Sullivan
11:30 - 12:00 AM Shop Owners Panel
12:00 - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 PM One-on-One Appointments
6:00 - 8:00 PM Closing Dinner (at hotel)
Thursday 5/2
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM NASTF General Session

Confirmed Speakers

Jeff DeGraff

Evan Hirsh

Chris Gardner

Al Haberstroh

John Waraniak

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Early Registration is $695.

New this year: Full Members receive (1) complimentary ToolTech registration with paid dues. 

Full Members with more than one attendee are at $695 / $749 per person after. (Note: Each person from your company must register separately as they cannot be considered a guest or spouse). Registration for spouse and/or guest is $150 per person.

Register Early! After Friday, March 29, 2019 the registration fee will be $749.00 per person.

Register here


Hotel Information

Hilton Charlotte University Place

8629 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 547-7444

Hilton Charlotte University Place offers a tranquil lakeside escape near UNC Charlotte and the area’s best shopping destinations. Whether you’re here for business or leisure, you’ll appreciate our lakeside location just 15 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Dine lakeside at our on-site Edgewater Bar and Grille and enjoy stunning lake views from many of our guest rooms and meeting rooms.

ETI has negotiated a discounted ToolTech Group Rate of $149++

Reserve your room

The above link will automatically load the rate, or you can call the hotel directly and give them the code.
Group Name: ETI
Group Code: ETI19
Note: The group rate will expire on Monday, April 8, 2019. Rooms booked after the deadline will be at a prevailing rate.


Contact Juli Sweet for more information.
phone: 248-656-5085

Snapshot of 2018 Attendees

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