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


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


Agenda (subject to change)

Date/Time Event Speaker
Monday 4/29
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ETI Board Meeting (Closed)
5:15 PM Depart for downtown Charlotte
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception at NASCAR Hall of Fame
Tuesday 4/30
8:00 AM How to see the Future First Jeff DeGraff, UofM
8:45 AM Seeing Around the Corner John Ellis, Ellis & Associates
9:15 AM Attacking Aftermarket Issues: Providing leadership in Times of Uncertainty Chris Gardner, AASA
9:45 AM Smart Parts Joe LaCross, PITSTOP
10:15 AM Racing to Autonomy, Automotive 4.0 John Waraniak, SEMA
10:45 AM Networking Break
11:15 AM Autonomous Vehicle Alliance: The Case for an Autonomous Vehicle Tim Wood
11:45 AM OEM Panel
12:15 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM One-on-One Appointments
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Display set-up
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Company Spotlight / Reception
8:00 PM Tear down
Wednesday 5/1
8:30 AM Emerging Vehicle Technologies Evan Hirsh, Strategy&, PwC
9:00 AM Swimming in Without Being Eaten Greg Carfine, Whitebox
9:30 AM Technology that Enables More Effective Marketing Programs for Tool Manufacturers Al Haberstroh, MontAd Media
10:00 AM Aftermarket Disruption in 4D: How CASE, Digital Entrants and Data Monetization will Impact the Bay Kumar Saha, Frost & Sullivan
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Understanding Repairs on ADAS Vehicles Augustine, VanHulle
11:30 AM Shop Owners Panel
12:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM One-on-One Appointments
6:00 PM- 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

Tim Woods

John Waraniak

Al Haberstroh

Kumar Saha

John Ellis

Ellis & Assoc.

Joe LaCross

Cruz Pedregon

Greg Carfine

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++

Note: The group rate will expire on Monday, April 8, 2019. Rooms booked after the deadline will be at a prevailing rate.
Group Name: ETI
Group Code: ETI19

The below link will automatically load the rate, or you can call the hotel directly and give them the code.

Reserve your room

ETI Golf Outing

The Golf Club at Ballantyne
Thursday May 2, 2019 

After the NASTF meeting, head over to the course for a relaxing round of golf.

The Golf Club at Ballantyne offers an impressive par 71 public golf course, extensive facilities and superior service year-round. Golfers enjoy daily play on the 18-hole PGA course, a golf pro shop, practice area, driving range, a golf pavilion and turn house with food and beverage offerings, overnight golf packages and professionally executed golf outings and tournaments. 

    • Tee time is 1:15 pm
    • Green fee is $75 / per person
    • Titlelist Rental Clubs available at $59+ (includes 2 sleeves of balls)
    • Boxed lunch will be provided by ETI
    • Golfers are responsible for their own transportation to/from the course
    • Sign up before April 18th

 To sign up, contact: Glen Eaton: 

Company Spotlight Happy Hour

  • Gives ETI Member Companies the opportunity to highlight products & services to attendees, speakers, and industry insiders
  • Enables your company to create brand awareness
  • Allows you to display products and services
  • Provides a platform to network and engage in real time conversation
  • Lends more of your company's personality to your brand and image
  • Offers a venue to discover valuable product-related partnerships and strategic alliances

To sign up, contact: Juli Sweet at

ETI Will provide: (1) -  6” table with skirt and two chairs per company

Each company can utilize only the following:

  • (2) - 33” x 8” retractable banners
  • Company or product branded table skirt
  • Any products or materials that will fit on your given table

Incoming Shipments:

  • Shipments can only arrive 3 days before the event.
  • There is a $5 per box charge to each incoming/outgoing package.
  • All packages will be stored in a locked room just for the ETI group.
  • Please have tracking number for each box you ship down and see Juli to ensure the box has been delivered to our storage room, the Midway room.
  • Exhibitors must fill out the Hilton Charlotte University Place Shipping Form
  • Send completed form to

How to Label Boxes:

     Hilton Charlotte University Place
     Name of Group/Vendor/Dates
     8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
     Charlotte, NC 28262

Outgoing Shipments:

  • Please bring packaging tape to seal up your boxes.  The hotel will not provide it.
  • Each exhibitor must pre-print a shipping label with your shipping account number on it.
  • If you leave your box(es) on your display table, the hotel banquet team will bring the taped/labeled boxes to the loading dock to be shipped out on the next business day.
  • Note: If your box(es) are not sealed and labeled, they will not be picked up.
  • The hotel has daily UPS and FedEx pickups, you only must prearrange pick up if you want it shipped out over the weekend.


  • If you will need electrical service to your display, you will need to per-order it.
  • Note: Even though the form offers a spot to order additional tables, only one table per company will be permitted at the Company Spotlight.
  • Please fill out this Hilton Electrical Order Form and email it back to

Booth # Company Name
1 AE Tools & Computers

 Createch Automotive Equipment 

 Associated Equipment Corporation
4 Flo Dynamics
7 Induction Innovations
8 CPS Products
9 Bosch
10 Midtronics
11 DrewTechnologies
12 Mahle
13 Redline Detection
14 Autologic 
15 IOSiX
16 Ritchie Engineering
17 Spanesi
21 Entertainment
24 Innova


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

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