VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo Summary
March 9, 2020—On March 5, the Ratchet+Wrench team flew to Overland Park, Kan., to attend the 2020 VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo.
On Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, technical and management training went from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, the expo Hi-Tech Tool expo opened at 4 p.m.
On Friday, the expo opened at 5 p.m. and lasted until 9 p.m.
Saturday, keynote speaker Marcus Luttrell, a retired Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor, kicked off the day. The expo was open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and management and technical training went from 8:45-6:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. Afterward, VISION hosted an awards dinner and comedy night for attendees.
The last day of the show, Sunday, March 8, training lasted until 11.
Some notable speakers include:
- Aaron Stokes, trainer, Shop Fix Academy and Ratchet+Wrench columnist
- Greg Bunch, trainer, CTI/WTI
- Cecil Bullard, trainer, CT/WTI
The event was filled with training sessions, both on the management and technical side, and an expo where attendees could visit vendors, such as Advance Auto Parts, who awarded one of its TechNet members a spot at the conference. To hear an interview with the winner, Grayle Bartlett, owner of Route 54 Garage in Minneola, Kan.,click here: /ext/resources/Interview-with-Grayle-Bartlett1.mp3
During the show, Ratchet+Wrench had a stage where it recorded videos and podcasts with shop owners.