January 22-23, 2018: SOLD!2018 was presented at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Four hour programs were presented each morning. The programs centered on liability resulting from failure to follow proper repair specifications. Also presented was the latest technology regarding composites in the Heavy Duty Truck Industry. The presenters covered the importance of being able to identify composites and knowing what repair education is available.

April 2018: ACOFAS DOT training in Fort Wayne, Indiana was hosted by Frame Service and Barry Ernst. Instructor, Andy Blair, a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper and an expert on Federal Department of Transportation regulations and certified driver requirements presented a classroom lecture and discussion the first day. Mr. Blair guided the class in hands-on inspection of a Peterbilt tractor. The class was well attended with technicians from Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and several other states. The attendees gave Andy very high praise for his presentation and, in addition gave rave reviews to Barry and his crew for being excellent hosts.

May 14-16, 2018: The HDAW-JOC Meeting was held at the Embassy Suites in North Grape Vine, Texas. The associations represented took a tour of the new Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center located in Grape Vine, TX which will be the new site for HDAW in 2020 and for several years into the future. During the HDAW-JOC meeting SOLD!2019 was discussed and it was agreed that HDMA would assist with finding presenters that would be compatible with the members of service based association members. They also agreed to handle promotion for SOLD!2019. This year’s SOLD will be presented on two separate days but unlike last year’s back-to-back scheduling, will commence with a four hour session on Monday, January 28 and will conclude with a four hour session Thursday afternoon, January 31. These sessions will be open to all HDAW attendees with no charge. The attendees will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. ACOFAS will derive no income or expense from the operation of SOLD! 2019.
November 2018: ACOFAS and Betts Truck Parts and Service presented Andy Blair to instruct DOT & BIT Training in Fresno, California. The training took place in the Betts Training center for both classroom and hands on Instructions. Betts TPS did a fabulous job of organizing, promoting and hosting this meeting. This was ACOFAS’ first attempt at a California program and it was very successful.

On to the future: SOLD!2019

Sonday, January 27, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ACOFAS annual Business meeting,

The ACOFAS Annual Business Meeting will be Held in the Antigua Room. Topics include this past year and the future of ACOFAS. ACOFAS is a member of the TMC and a sponsor of the Super Tec Competion.All ACOFAS members have access to the TMC RPS procedure manuals.
We will be taking all attendees and their spouses for dinner following the meeting.

Monday, January 28, 2019: 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. : Our presenter will be David Saline from Service Shops. Topics Mr. Saline will cover are:

  • Assessing your roles and knowing how, when, and what to delegate.
  • Understanding how to grow as a team and how to work as a team, including safety training and management.
  • How to anticipate setbacks and how to overcome them.
  • Implementing proper checks and balances that the shop needs to track.

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. : Our presenter will be Tim Spurlock, co-founder of American Diesel Training Centers (ADTC). His organization has examined a 2017 study which indicates that, as an industry, we have a need for 30,000 new technicians annually, however as of this date, the industry is only producing 5,000 technicians per year. ADTC has developed programs to attract new employees and has developed training programs to help them become competent technicians. These programs have been very successful.

Thursday, January 31, 2019: 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. :
Amazon is here—–so how do we use it to our advantage?
This will be a 3+ hour panel discussion. The program will begin with Mr. Bill Wade. Bill has written and published several white papers regarding the effect of Amazon on Heavy Duty Truck Parts Distributors. We have representatives from several of our Heavy Duty manufacturers, several Heavy Duty distributors, several Heavy Duty distributors that are also installers, and some installers. We also will have John Blojett of MacKay & Associates. John is the panel moderator and is very well versed in this subject. This will be a very interesting conversation!



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