'Best Yet' with 16 Education Sessions, Networking, Expanded Exhibitor Showcase
More than a thousand automotive repair professionals gathered Nov. 1-3 at the 2007 Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) held at the Flamingo Las Vegas. CARS is held annually in Las Vegas, and focuses on management and technical education along with networking opportunities and an exhibitor showcase.
Known as "The Speaker with Two Last Names," Jones Loflin shared the importance of creating a "blueprint" for your life and also stressed the importance of identifying one's purpose to know the outcome you're seeking during Saturday's keynote address.
"CARS continues to gain recognition as 'the place to meet for automotive service and repair professionals,'" said Robbie Addison, ASA Mechanical Division manager. "This year's event was the best yet - and plans are already under way to provide even more opportunities for education and networking at next year's event. In addition, exhibitors will benefit from changes planned for next year with additional space and exhibiting hours."
CARS 2007 offered 12 technical courses and four Automotive Management Institute (AMI)-approved seminars taught by leading instructors in the industry.
Thursday night, Nov. 1, an estimated 1,200 industry professionals convened for the sixth annual Service Professionals Industry Reception co-hosted by ASA and the International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN). In addition to networking and special show discounts, the event provided attendees the opportunity to visit with more than 50 participating companies in the expanded CARS Exhibitor Showcase. Exhibitor Showcase hours were extended during this year's event to allow attendees more time to visit with exhibitors and learn the latest products and services available to repairers.
Each year, the CARS Exhibitor Showcase provides attendees with a glimpse of the newest technologies and products available to automotive service professionals. It's also a great way to network.
The annual CARS Saturday Luncheon included a keynote address by Jones Loflin. Loflin used his dynamic communication skills and enthusiasm to deliver an entertaining and enlightening program for attendees. He shared some key strategies from the book, "Juggling Elephants," which he co-authored. Attendees learned how to focus on being more productive in their professional and personal endeavors.
On the last morning of CARS, attendees were provided with a legislative update by Robert redding, Washington, D.C., representative for ASA. Redding covered a number of issuies, at the federal and state level, that have relevance for the automotive industry.
"We reach a point when we reach our limits - emotional, physical and psychological. We can't do it all," Loflin said. "Plan for your limits by approaching them like a circus," which includes three key elements, he said, the performance, the performers and the audience. Loflin shared the importance of creating a "blueprint" for your life and also stressed the importance of identifying one's purpose so you know the outcome you're seeking. Keeping with the circus analogy, Loflin said, "Intermission allows you to start planning for the next half ... Revolutionize the way you do things and take better care of yourself."
AMI and ASA offer various scholarships to assist automotive service and collision repair professionals interested in obtaining the AAM designation. Holly Carnes (left), Steve's Auto Repair, Tea, S.D., recives the Zurich High Octane Scholarship from Jean Galloway of Zurich and George Witt, chairman of AMI's board trustees.
Rounding out CARS 2007 was a pre-event OEM Tool Forum, an open general meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), a legislative update from Bob Redding, ASA's Washington, D.C., representative, and Saturday night's Member Appreciation Reception. Visit www.CARSonline.org for highlights from the show.
Kim Walker, Peak Automotive, Apex, N.C., receives the Tom B. Babcox Memorial Scholarship from George Witt, chairman of the AMI board of trustees.
CARS 2008 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas. CARS will be part of the newly announced Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW), which will also include the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE). More information about ASRW, and next year's CARS and NACE events, will soon be available.
Rickey Haley (center), Papillion Foreign Motors Inc., Papillion, Neb., receives the ASA-ASE High Score Award for the Mechanical Division from Chuck Roberts, directorof industry relations, ASE, and Earl Dohner, AAM, Mechanical Division director.
Dan Marinucci, instructor, presents the technical seminar, Enhanced Evaporative Emissions Systems. CARS has a strong tradition of offering the best in technical and management training. This year's show featured 16 educational sessions.
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