Mike Hawkins (left), owner of L&R Automotive in Arvada, enters a raffle for giveaways with ASA Colorado Associate Board Member Ross Fawcett, of Jasper Engines & Transmissions.
ASA Colorado’s Summit training event and trade show sets new attendance record
By Rob Merwin on February 13, 2020
Denver—ASA Colorado’s annual training event reached new peaks this January with increased attendance as it dialed into technician and management training at Lincoln Tech in Denver.
The event continues to grow in attendance, as it benefits from feedback each year to fine-tune and expand the annual event. Last year’s event hosted 350 attendees and 2020’s Summit, Jan. 24-25, eclipsed that number with more than 400.
The Summit offered 25 different class topics to choose from (13 for technicians, 12 for management) and the exhibit hall featured 30 exhibiting companies.
ASA Chairman Bryan Gossel, of BG Automotive, said the event wouldn’t have been possible without its sponsors and partners. He awarded appreciation plaques to many of them, including Lincoln Tech President Kelly Moore, for providing the venue.
“We been doing this for a few years,” Moore said, “and it’s always amazing to see all the people here who are interested in moving the industry forward. We really appreciate the partnership to make sure we continue to do great things together in Colorado for independent repairers.”
Additional sponsors for the Summit included NAPA, Advance, Bolt On Technology, ATI, WORLDPAC, Kenz & Leslie, Tekmetric, Kukui, Mail Shark, MechanicNet, Jasper, Synchrony, 360 Payment Solutions, and MobileSoft.
While Summit classes on Saturday, Jan. 25, focused on technician, owner and management training, it also featured Carm Capriotto and his “Remarkable Results Radio” podcast show, where attendees participated on his show’s roundtable discussion.
Prior to Saturday’s training, ASA Colorado featured its Leadership Conference on Friday, at Embassy Suites & Top Golf Thornton, headlined by keynote speaker and development coach Bryan Dodge, who led a full day of management training as well as golf entertainment, food and drink.
Closing out the Summit was Saturday evening’s Unser Closing Party at Unser Karting & Events, which featured indoor go-kart track racing.
BY THE NUMBERS
• 405 Registered Attendees
• 36 Lincoln Comps (16 students, 17 instructors, 3 alumni)