Unlike most things in life, one thing that hasn’t changed over the past 11 years is the monetary investment you are asked to make to be a member of ACOFAS.
Annual Membership: $300.
If you attended HDAW 2019: you can deduct $100.
We had some great programs this past year. We held two 1-1/2 day programs: one hosted by Barry Ernst at Frame Service in Fort Wayne Indiana, and the other was hosted by Mike Betts at Betts Parts & Service in Fresno, California. Both of these programs were taught by retired police officer and DOT officer, Andrew Blair. Andy conducted one full day of classroom and a half day of “on vehicle” inspection to make our technicians more competent. This was our first attempt at holding a program on the West coast and it was very successful.
Remember: ACOFAS members pay one-half the regular price of attendance, per person, than non-members, for these training sessions.
We provided the speakers for SOLD!19 at HDAW 2019. Those of us in attendance gained a lot of knowledge from David Saline regarding how to be more successful in the daily operation of our businesses. We also had Tim Spurlock give us some insight on how to find, train, and retain technicians. We conducted a panel discussion regarding the “AMAZON effect” on our businesses and how we can best deal with it. The panel was made up of top executives from many of the major manufacturers we all deal with daily. During its two days, the SOLD programs were attended by more than 170 industry leaders.
Our ACOFAS Annual Business Meeting came up with some excellent suggestions for Technician Education programs for 2019. Suggestions included :
- Complete chassis alignment consisting of: (a) suspension, different types and wear points: (b)Tires: inspection for pressure, wear patterns and compatibility: and (c) Steering gear, leaking, out of adjustment.
- Clutch adjustment and replacement; and auto shift transmission diagnostics.
As of this date, I have two locations for the Clutch/Auto shift training sessions — one in Texas and the other in Michigan. I have one location for the Chassis Alignment program in California, and I would like to have a location in the East or Midwest. Please let me know of your interest in the programs and your availability to host a program.