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Ben Johnson to spearhead discussion on technology’s impact on shops

The free hour-long AAPEX webinar is scheduled for Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. EST, and features a manufacturer, distributor and mobile diagnostics repair service/trainer

San Diego—Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1, will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Industry-Wide Impact: Adapting to Tech in the Aftermarket Ecosystem,” on Oct. 11 as part of the AAPEX Weekly Webinar Series. The hour-long webinar, presented by the Import Vehicle Community of the Auto Care Association, is scheduled at 11 a.m. EST.

“Join us as we take a look at how advancements in technology have significantly changed how modern-day cars are designed and made, making repairs increasingly complex to accurately diagnose and repair,” said Johnson. “Independent repair shops are faced with having to invest in advanced tools and equipment, while expanding technician training, to adapt and remain competitive in this digital era.”

The webinar will feature three panelists sharing their perspectives: a manufacturer, a distributor and a mobile diagnostics repair service and trainer.

Topics include:

  • The evolution of automotive technician training, including digital skillsets required for today’s software-based vehicles as well as training resources and formats, both online and on-site.
  • How the industry and repair shops are adapting to new vehicle technology, including tools and equipment required, and the significance of the Right to Repair Act.
  • Challenges and opportunities in the next five years from each panelists’ perspective­­.

The panelists include Shawn Dupuie, vice president of sales and operations at Bosch Automotive Workshop Services; Rob Morrell, senior training director at WorldPac-WPI; and Keith Perkins, owner and trainer at L1 Automotive Diagnostics and Programming.  

Visit to register free of charge and check out other AAPEX webinars.

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