Tech Expo 2022 with Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper

Auto-Wares Group of Companies hosts 2,700+ people at their 25th Annual Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper Tech Expo.

Tech Expo 2022 Recap

Each year, Auto-Wares Group of Companies brings together automotive service professionals from across the upper Midwest to Grand Rapids, Michigan for their Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper Tech Expo. After postponing their 2022 Tech Expo from February to September 30 & October 1, Auto-Wares was excited to host their 25th Tech Expo together with their 2,750 registrants at the DeVos Convention Center & Amway Grand Plaza, in downtown Grand Rapids.

Tech Expo provides training for automotive shop and store owners, technicians, service writers, and anyone else looking to increase their knowledge in nearly all categories of the automotive industry. Training is provided by industry professionals in 15+ categories, ranging from auto body, emission, chassis, heavy-duty, shop management, and more. “In addition to the best suppliers in the industry, we brought in some of the best technical trainers available anywhere. Our class offerings were very diverse – from baseline technician classes to the most advanced diagnostic classes being taught in the country. Heavy Duty, PBE, Service Writer, and Personal Development classes were also presented with great reviews from our participants,” said Steve Helwig, Director of Training at Auto-Wares Group of Companies.

In addition to the best suppliers in the industry, we brought in some of the best technical trainers available anywhere. Our class offerings were very diverse – from baseline technician classes to the most advanced diagnostic classes being taught in the country. Heavy Duty, PBE, Service Writer, and Personal Development classes were also presented with great reviews from our participants.

Steve Helwig, Director of Training at Auto-Wares Group of Companies

Also included, is access to a two-day trade show featuring 160+ aftermarket suppliers and channel partners. “We have the best group of suppliers in the aftermarket, and the energy they brought to our event blew our customers away. Being able to finally be back in person with our customers brought back that enthusiasm and reminded all of us of our partnerships at all levels of our businesses. We continue to pride ourselves on quality, service, and relationships and Tech Expo took that to a whole new level,” said Jonny Dykstra, Product Manager at Auto-Wares, who also organizes the trade show floor.

We have the best group of suppliers in the aftermarket, and the energy they brought to our event blew our customers away. Being able to finally be back in person with our customers brought back that enthusiasm and reminded all of us of our partnerships at all levels of our businesses. We continue to pride ourselves on quality, service, and relationships and Tech Expo took that to a whole new level.

Jonny Dykstra, Product Manager at Auto-Wares Group of Companies

Tech Expo is just as fun as it is business, Friday evening, Auto-Wares brought in the Rooster Jones band, for an exclusive two-hour concert for attendees. Saturday evening, Tech Expo concluded with Casino Night – an evening of mock gambling, dancing, and socializing. Prizes ranging from concert tickets to MacBooks and Yeti Coolers were given away to lucky winners! This year, Casino Night turned into Fred Bunting’s, owner of Auto-Wares Group of Companies, 75th birthday party. American blues legend John Primer helped celebrate the evening and close out the weekend with a special concert.

Casino Night
Trade Show Floor
Classroom
DRIV – Garage Gurus Training Trailer
Training Class
Trade Show Floor

Thank you to our Title Sponsor – DRiV

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