Automotive Training Managers Council Fall Conference Scheduled for October 2-4
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Automotive Training Managers Council Fall Conference Scheduled for October 2-4

A tour of the Chevrolet Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY, in celebration of 50 years of the small block engine; hybrid technology service issues and a presentation on advanced technology training for independent repair shops are just some of the industry-related highlights for the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) Fall Conference to be held Oct. 2-4 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN. The theme for the Music City, USA location is: "Working in Harmony through ATMC: OEM, Fleet and Aftermarket." For registration details, forms and other conference information, visit www.atmc.org.

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A tour of the Chevrolet Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY, in celebration of 50 years of the small block engine; hybrid technology service issues and a presentation on advanced technology training for independent repair shops are just some of the industry-related highlights for the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) Fall Conference to be held Oct. 2-4 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, TN. The theme for the Music City, USA location is: “Working in Harmony through ATMC: OEM, Fleet and Aftermarket.” For registration details, forms and other conference information, visit www.atmc.org.

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The conference agenda and presentations are as follows:

Sunday, October 2 – Sheraton Music City Hotel
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Board of governors meeting – Sheraton (guests welcome)
4:00 – 4:30 New member/first-time attendee orientation – Sheraton
5:00 Shuttles leave Sheraton for General Jackson Showboat dock
5:30 – 8:30 Welcome reception and dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat
8:45 – 9:00 Shuttles return to Sheraton

Monday, October 3 – Sheraton Music City Hotel
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Opening remarks – Steve Howe, president, and Ernie Wagner, conference chairman
8:15 – 9:15 Keynote Address – John Ball, American Honda Motor Corp. (retired) and author of "Living Well, Running Hard"
9:15 – 10:00 Medium-Duty Hybrids and Fleet Training Challenges – David Simmons, FedEx
10:00 – 10:15 Morning Break
10:15 – 11:15 Ford Hybrid Escape, 1 Year Later: Field Service Issues and Training Effectiveness – Jim Groat, Ford Motor Company
11:15 – 11:45 Changes in Aftermarket Training – Dennis Tobin, Remy International
11:45 – 12:00 Identify committees and chairpersons – Ernie Wagner
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Buffet lunch and committee breakout sessions
2:00 – 2:30 Lessons Learned in Developing Blended Learning Solutions – Tony Stigler, Raytheon Corp.
2:30 – 2:45 Afternoon break
2:45 – 3:30 Voice of the Independents: "Where Is All the New Technology Training?" – Joe Torchiana, One Stop Tire & Auto Service
3:30 – 4:15 Megatech Mark III Multiple Fuels Engine – Vahan Basmajian, Megatech Corporation
4:15 – 4:35 ATMC business meeting/board of governors nominations
4:35 – 5:00 Training vendors mini expo preview – Vendors discuss their showcase contents
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Training vendors mini-expo (beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided)

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Tuesday, October 4 – Corvette and Nashville Glass Plants
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Board bus for trip to Chevrolet Corvette plant
8:30 – 9:45 Training videos presented on tour bus en route to Corvette plant
10:00 – 11:00 Tour of Chevrolet Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY – Celebrating 50 years of the Small Block Engine
11:00 – 11:15 Board bus for Mariah’s restaurant
11:30 AM – 1:30 p.m. Presidential luncheon, awards presentation, committee reports and B.O.G. elections at Mariah’s restaurant in Bowling Green
1:30 – 1:45 Board bus for Nashville Glass plant
3:00 – 4:30 Nashville Glass plant tour and presentation of successful technology-based training implementation
4:30 – 4:45 Board bus for return to Sheraton
6:30 – 8:30 Networking dinner (optional) – The Stock-Yard restaurant, Nashville (complimentary shuttles available)

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Wednesday, October 5 – Sheraton Music City Hotel
7:30 – 11:00 a.m. Board of governors meeting – Sheraton (guests welcome)

Note: Agenda may be adjusted slightly to accommodate late changes. Please keep checking the ATMC website at www.atmc.org and click on the "conferences" tab for any future updates to this mailing.

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