Upcoming Events

2021 NIADA Convention & Expo

Location: San Antonio, TX
Dates: August 23-26, 2021

Description:

Attend with us to celebrate National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s (NIADA) 75th anniversary at their 2021 Convention & Expo. You don’t want to miss this premier used auto industry event where the best dealers from America come to share, grow, learn, inspire, be inspired, and have fun.

Join Jay Goninen, Co-Founder & President, WrenchWay, Thursday, August 26th at 9am, for his presentation, “How the Best Shops Recruit Technicians.”

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How to Survive the Technician Shortage

Type: Online
Date: August 31, 2021, at 1:00pm CT

Description:

Good help is hard to find—and a good technician? Even harder. So how do heavy-duty repair shops survive in a world where there’s plenty of work, but not enough techs to turn wrenches? Join Jacob Findlay, Fullbay Co-Founder & CEO, Chris O’Brien, Fullbay COO, and special guest Jay Goninen, Founder & President of WrenchWay and Find a Wrench, as they discuss the technician shortage and how shops can survive.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • Why is there a technician shortage and the future outlook
  • What can fleets and shops do today to survive the shortage
  • How to keep your existing techs happy to prevent poaching
  • And more!
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Past Events

7 Secrets of Successful Auto Repair Shops

Description:
Ever wonder what the best of the best repair shops are doing to grow their business? From customer marketing to retaining employees and more, we’ll be dishing the top secrets of the most successful repair shops across the country.

WrenchWay’s 1 Year Anniversary & Sneak Peek of Reverse Job Posts

Description:
Join us as we celebrate WrenchWay’s 1 year anniversary! We recap highlights of our first year, discuss customer success stories, and give a sneak peek of our newest product launching soon: Reverse Job Posts.

WrenchWay’s 20/90 Challenge: Recruiting & Retaining Technicians

Description:
Every shop owner and service manager knows they need to make recruiting and retaining technicians a priority, yet few actually do anything about it. We get it — we’re all busy. But until shops really start to focus on technician recruitment and retainment, hiring is always going to be a fire drill.

In this webinar, Mark Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of WrenchWay, will walk you through WrenchWay’s new program that helps shop owners and service managers achieve results by dedicating a little time each week to recruiting and retaining technicians.

Whether you use WrenchWay’s 20/90 Tracker or not, this webinar will give you actionable things you can do each week (that don’t take a long time) to amp up your recruitment and retention strategies.

Managing Military Veterans in the Shop

Description:
Technicians are in high demand across the entire country, and veterans who have experience as military technicians offer a unique skill set that can bring a lot of value to shops.

In this roundtable, we’ve brought together a diverse group of panelists to discuss:

  • Why shops should be proactively recruiting veterans
  • Overcoming the stereotypes of employing veterans
  • Tips for managing veterans in the shop

Women in Wrenching: How Do We Attract More Women to the Industry?

Description:
Take a look at almost any service center in the country and one thing is blatantly obvious — men outnumber women by a landslide. But, why is that? What can schools, shops, and dealerships be doing to make the industry more attractive to women?

In this roundtable, we discuss:

  • What it’s like to work in the industry as a woman
  • How we can attract more women to the industry
  • How women can accelerate their careers within the industry

Why Shops Need to Focus on Technician Career Development

Description:
One of the biggest complaints we hear from technicians is they are often frustrated with not having a clear path for career growth in a shop. As career development becomes more important to technicians, it is critical that shops and dealerships make this a priority.

During this roundtable, our panelists will help us understand the growing importance of career development programs in shops, what some of those programs look like, and what results shops have seen by having a program in place.

Moderator: Jay Goninen, President, WrenchWay

Panelists:

  • Tim Winkeler, President & CEO, VIP Tires & Service
  • Jim Bennett, Director of Technical Training and Development, ATI
  • Jake Schaefer, Service & Parts Director, Smart Motors Toyota
  • Damon Agostino, Automotive Technician, Sixth Street Automotive

How Shops & Schools Can Get More Technicians Into the Industry

Description:
In this WrenchWay roundtable, we discuss the current status of technician programs at the high school level, as well as the perception students, parents, and counselors have about a career in the automotive and diesel industries.

We brought in a diverse panel to help uncover what has (and hasn’t) changed at the high school level, what needs to improve, the challenges shop programs face, and, most important, how shops can help schools.

Moderator: Jay Goninen, President, WrenchWay

Panelists:

  • Steve Hamre, National Technician Recruiting Manager, Lithia Motors, Inc.
  • George Arrants, Vice President, ASE Education Foundation
  • Ben Zimmerman, Technology Education Teacher, Verona Area High School
  • Dustin Doyle, Service Technician, Truck Country
  • Noah Wainwright, Student, Des Moines Area Community College

Why Most Shops & Dealerships Fail at Recruiting Technicians

Description:

Struggling to fill your bays with great technicians? You’re not alone.

You can chalk it up to the technician shortage. However, truth be told, shop managers and those in charge of hiring are making it even harder to find technicians by failing to address a major step in the job search process.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The importance of understanding the technician job search process
  • The step in the job search process that most shops and dealerships are failing to address
  • What you can do to attract more and better technician to your shop

Speaker: Mark Wilson, CEO, WrenchWay