DRIVE EXPO WEST is in the history books! We’d like to give a huge thanks to everyone that made it out; all of our fantastic guests, speakers, and shops. You all made this event special and we look forward to continuing to cultivate a bigger and better experience for you every year.
This EXPO counted more shop owners than we’ve ever had, an amazing group of industry leaders, and top-notch exhibitors converging on the Los Angeles Fairgrounds for 3 days of learning, networking, and growth.
EXPO weekend was packed with a dizzying amount of great content and big announcements. Here are some highlights from the weekend’s events:
DRIVE EXPO is now an annual event
The once bi-annual DRIVE EXPO will now focus both events into one event with double the impact. That means a bigger production, more exhibitors, more great speakers, and a universally unmatched learning experience.
Join us next year on the Los Angeles Fairgrounds at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center for DRIVE EXPO 2020, taking place on August 28th-30th, 2020!
DRIVE announced FOUR new workshops
Part I: How to Train Your Team & Part II: How to Master Training
Delivered by DRIVE CEO, Bill Kilpatrick, this two-part workshop will teach you the essentials for training new employees and creating a path to making your shop a place technicians look to for growth and opportunity.
The How to Train Your Team will be delivered on February 24th & 25th and the How to Master Training will be delivered April 20th & April 21st, 2020.
The Power of Trust
Trust is a crucial component to maintaining business relationships, especially with employees. Trust promotes a strong workplace culture and can positively impact retention and morale. This workshop is designed to teach shop owners the meaning of trust, how to keep it, and how to rebuild it.
This workshop will be delivered on November 18th & November 19th, 2020.
Developing Shop Playbooks
One of the first steps to building a winning team is developing a fine-tuned playbook, a concept that isn’t limited to sports. Learn to build a strategy for your business that lets you manage all of the moving parts by having solid framework to control your variables.
This workshop will take place on February 24th & February 25th, 2020.
Keynote from Chris Chesney
Carquest Technical Institute’s Chris Chesney delivered a strong keynote, hitting on one of the most significant issues facing shops today, the trouble finding technicians.
Seldom can you go out and cherry-pick a good, experienced technician. Chesney trumpeted the need to introduce new talent into the industry and keep them there with programs geared towards development, respect, and opportunity.
Every master tech started somewhere and creating that environment makes your shop a beacon for talent.
DRIVE recognized clients who have sustained high production and efficiency benchmarks. Effective Shop Manager, Competent Shop Owner and the coveted and hard earned, Master of Shop Management Award which recognizes a shop that is efficient, stable and profitable.
|Effective Shop Manager||Competent Shop Owner||Master of Shop Management|
|Heritage Wheel & Tire | Gordon Wallen||H.I.S. Automotive Services | David Gibson||Diamond G Repair | Dennis & Sherry Goodhue|
|Broadway Auto Repair | Paula Wojtcuk & Mike Stinson||Vergas Auto Repair | Kevin Zitzow||Pine Aire Truck Service | Dave Bloom|
|Leo’s Auto Care | Leo Ramirez||Adair Auto Repair | Seumas Leghorn||Performance Automotive Repair | Brandan & Kelsey Lancaster|
|Solomon’s Garage | Dave & Katie Neer||Grand & Cicero Service | Mike Sebastian||Cole's Service Center | Deanna Cole-Eure & Wes Cole|
|DJ Auto Collision Center | Lawrence Moore||O.T.R.A. Roadside Services, Inc. | James & Malesia Spires|
|Street Scene On & Off Road Performance | Bill Bray|
|Badar Mansoor Trading | Badar Mansoor|
|S & S Automotive & Towing, Inc. | Clint & Dana Schmelzle|
And if there’s one lesson we learned, it’s don’t get in between someone and their coffee.
We heard you loud and clear!
Wild Wild West Theme Party
The looming threat of gloomy weather couldn’t stop us from throwing the best party this side of the Mississippi. With a great mix of steampunk and honky-tonk, we celebrated all of our shop owners and their accomplishments.
Check out more pics from DRIVE EXPO WEST, here! And be sure to join us next year so you can get in on the fun!