We’re about one month out from the first ever TechMission 2020 virtual event!

We cannot wait to bring technicians, shop managers, tech schools, and industry professionals together to harness the voice of technicians and use it to improve our shops and the industry.

While we’re still working on filling in a few more spots on the roundtables, we could not wait any longer to share the full agenda and session descriptions!

As a reminder, TechMission is a two day event – one for automotive and one for diesel. This is a FREE event, but you must register!

TechMission 2020 – Automotive
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
9:00am – 3:00pm
Register Today

TechMission 2020 – Diesel
Thursday, October 8, 2020
9:00am – 3:00pm
Register Today

Can’t attend live? No problem. Sign up, and we’ll send you the recordings after the event.

Check out the session descriptions, along with the list of panelists for each event, for TechMission below.

TechMission 2020 Sessions & Roundtables

Harnessing the Voice of Technicians to Improve the Industry

The diesel service industry is in trouble. We’re facing a massive shortage of technicians, and we all need to come together to work towards resolution. How do we begin to solve this deep-seeded problem that has so many shops struggling to find help? We start by listening to the voice of technicians.

Speaker: Jay Goninen, President & Founder of Find A Wrench, Moderator of TechMission

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Technician Roundtable – What Do Technicians Look For in a Shop?

The #1 way we can begin to solve the technician shortage in our industry is by listening to our technicians. We’re diving deep into major issues in the industry, identifying where there’s a lack of execution, and how the diesel industry needs to evolve in order to combat the technician shortage — all from the perspective of technicians.

Automotive Panelists: Adam Bryant (Ira Toyota), Dalton Berns (Dan’s Auto Centre), Tanner Brandt (Tanner’s Auto Clinic), Bob Higgins (Master BMW Technician), Josh Tebben (Ryan Auto Mall)

Diesel Panelists: Shawn James (Premier Cooperative), Nick Sarac (Diesel Forward), Henry Boehm (Badger Bus), Ryan Meppelink (Grand Equipment Company)

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Manager Roundtable – Turning Your Shop Into a Destination for Technicians

Want to attract and retain more technicians? Then, it’s time to face some hard truths — is your shop really a great place to work? With the current market, technicians don’t need to settle for just any job — and they won’t. Based on what we’ve learned from our technician panel, let’s discuss opportunities for improvement, and how we can transform our shops into a place technicians not only want to work at, but stay at for the long haul.

Automotive Panelists: Ed Roberts (Bozard Ford Lincoln), Jake Schaefer (Smart Motors), Tim Winkeler (VIP Tires & Service), Brian Sump (Avalon Motorsports)

Diesel Panelists: Matt Heacox (Diesel Forward), Duke Fancher (Lonestar Truck Group)

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How to Market Your Technician Jobs

Tired of paying premium job board prices for not-so-premium results? Lisa Joseph and her team at Find A Wrench are the holders of the secret sauce and the reason shops and dealerships across the country have filled their bays with qualified technicians. Tune into her session to learn exactly how to ATTRACT technicians with seven key strategies.

Speaker: Lisa Joseph, Director of Recruiting, Find A Wrench

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Tech School Roundtable – Want More and Better Techs? How the Industry Can Better Support Tech Schools

While shops often have the best intentions and help out schools when asked, there is a lack of proactive effort coming from the shops. During this roundtable, we will discuss how the communication between schools and shops can be improved, and what schools are hearing from their students in terms of how shops can help eliminate some of the barriers holding students back from entering and staying in the industry.

Automotive Panelists: Buddy Key (Jones Technical Institute), Cindy Barlow (WyoTech), Chris Groh (Ford Motor Company), Paul Flogel (Madison College)

Diesel Panelists: Tom Wozniak (Madison College), Buddy Key (Jones Technical Institute), Cindy Barlow (WyoTech)

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Industry Roundtable – Bringing It All Together

We all want to accomplish the same goals: We want to get more young people into the industry and keep our technicians happy. Our final roundtable discussion will close out the event by summarizing what we learned from technicians, management, and schools, and talk about what we need to do differently to move forward and drive change within the industry.

Automotive Panelists: Joe McDonald (VP of Sales, Jasper Engines), Mark Wilson (CEO, Find A Wrench)

Diesel Panelists: Rick Fowler (Dealer Profitability Manager, Doosan), Mark Wilson (CEO, Find A Wrench), HK Kashanipour (President, Diesel Forward)