VISION Special Events

Below you will find information about the various special events that are presented during the VISION conference. This is a cumulative list containing all of the special events that VISION has hosted. Some events may not be occurring during this year’s VISION conference; please refer to this years agenda for updated event information.

Thursday Breakfast and Opening General Session

This event features a prominent speaker with state-of-the-art technology and design. The sponsor of this event will have the attention of over one thousand attendees during a speaking opportunity. General Session begins at the conclusion of breakfast on Thursday in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom.

VISION 2024 Opening General Session Keynote speaker: Ed Mylett

Ed Mylett is a global speaker, coach, entrepreneur, 2x bestselling author, tv host, top ranked podcast host, and is considered one the most inspiring speakers of our time.

Ed has repeatedly been ranked #1 on the list of the world’s greatest speakers. A born storyteller, Ed weaves together personal anecdotes and universal truths to deliver a message that is both relatable and transformative. Whether he’s sharing his own journey from humble beginnings to becoming a top-earning entrepreneur or teaching others how to unleash their full potential, Ed always leaves his audiences inspired and ready to take action.

Experience Ed Mylett’s empowering words in the VISION 2024 Opening General Session on Thursday morning.

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Thursday Hi-Tech Tool Expo

The Thursday evening Hi-Tech Tool Expo highlights diagnostic tools and services for today’s automotive service professionals looking to further enhance their diagnostic knowledge and research new tools for their diagnostic arsenal. Join us for this FREE event and have additional time to dive into your diagnostic needs.

Amazing Women in Automotive (AWiA) Dinner

On Thursday, February 29, Amazing Women in Automotive will be hosting a womens dinner and scholarship fundraiser from 5:30-8:30 at Coach’s Bar & Grill. Cost is $40 and pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot and support AWiA and its scholarships, click here.

Educator Reception

Hosted by NACAT, the Educator Reception at VISION is a way to network, learn, and celebrate what it means to be an educator in the automotive service industry.

VISION’s Education Reception will be February 29, 2024 from 7:00pm-8:00pm. This is the place to be to unite with fellow educators in the automotive field!

Educator Think Tank (ETT)

VISION’s Educator Think Tank is specifically aimed at mastering the technology and art of automotive education, and brings together some of the industry’s top automotive educators.

The Educator Think Tank (ETT) program is an entire day geared specifically toward automotive educators. The ETT program involves a special lineup of courses focusing on educators’ needs and education. VISION provides this exclusive opportunity for educators to learn alongside industry professionals and bring the information back to their students. Educators can often find classes in the following categories: presenting techniques, advancements in automotive technology, introduction of new learning tools, and other popular educator topics.

Educator Think Tank Breakfast

Join educators from across the country as we share ideas and prepare to kickoff the day’s Educator Think Tank program. The 2024 Educator of the Year will also be presented during this morning program. You must be registered for ETT classes, or purchase a ticket separately for this event.

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Power Summit Lunch & Keynote

Friday’s VISION Power Summit lunch is specifically for today’s industry leaders, shop owners, and managers. This premier event is dedicated to bringing together the industry’s most knowledgeable, influential, and thoughtful people to discuss many important topics, issues, and trends impacting the independent service marketplace. 

Friday’s VISION Power Summit keynote presentation features a relevant and motivational keynote speaker for today’s industry leaders, shop owners and managers. This premier event is dedicated to bringing together the industry’s most knowledgeable, influential and thoughtful people to discuss many important topics, issues and trends impacting the independent service marketplace. 

VISION 2024 Power Summit Keynote speaker: Scott Stratten

Scott Stratten is the President of UnMarketing, a company that builds brands and companies when they “stop marketing and start engaging.”

For almost the last decade, Scott has run one of the most successful viral video agencies in the world. Now Scott focuses on speaking at events for major companies, conferences, and large-scale conventions. Scott’s presentations are known not just for getting people to laugh and think, but also doing.

You can catch a sneak peek of Scott’s presentation on his YouTube channelRegister for VISION today and secure your seat for Scott’s motivating keynote during Friday’s management lunch! (Note: you must be registered for Friday management sessions to attend this event.

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Opening Night Expo Welcome Reception

The first night of Expo will have a VISION Opening Night Reception on the tradeshow floor . The exhibit hall will remain open after the reception until 8:30pm.

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Saturday Breakfast & General Session Panel:

Panel: "How Front of Shop and Back of Shop Can Communicate More Effectively"

This buffet style breakfast on Saturday will be comprised of nearly fifteen hundred conference attendees. Breakfast is served from 6:30am-7am in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom before the start of the General Session.

In this engaging panel discussion, Remarkable Results podcaster, Carm Capriotto, will facilitate a lively exchange of ideas and strategies focused on enhancing communication between front-of-shop roles, such as service advisors and customer service staff, and back-of-shop personnel, including mechanics and technicians. The panelists, drawn from a diverse range of automotive service backgrounds, will share their real-world experiences and insights on overcoming common communication barriers in auto repair shops. Expect to hear innovative solutions and practical tips that can be implemented immediately in your own shop environment. This session is particularly valuable for those looking to improve workflow efficiency, customer satisfaction, and team cohesion in the automotive service industry.

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Saturday Lunch

This buffet style lunch on Saturday will be comprised of nearly fifteen hundred conference attendees. Lunch is served from 11:30am-1pm in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom as attendees come out of their training sessions and off of the tradeshow floor. 

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Industry Professionals Reception

The Industry Appreciation Reception will take place on Saturday in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom pre-function area prior to the “Celebration of Independents” Awards Dinner & Comedy Night. All conference attendees are invited to the reception featuring a hosted bar, music and great networking opportunities

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Awards Dinner & Comedy Night

This special evening allows you to join your colleagues and customers on a relaxed setting. The Awards Dinner celebrates those individuals achieving excellence in the automotive service industry. Awards are presented for the Service Facility of the Year, Green Star Shops, Academic Scholarships as well as other achievements in the automotive service industry. 

What better way to end the evening than with a room filled with laughter! Comedy Night follows the Awards Dinner and is filled with fun, great networking opportunities, and more. 

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Awards Night After Party

The After-Party will take place on Saturday in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom pre-function area immediately following the “Celebration of Independents” Awards Dinner & Comedy Night. All conference attendees are invited to the reception featuring a hosted bar, music and great networking opportunities.

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Nondenominational Prayer Service

A nondenominational prayer service is an independent and non-affiliated service that has no particular denomination or tradition. 

Sunday Continental Networking Breakfast

This buffet style breakfast will be comprised of nearly one thousand conference attendees. The mix of attendees will include automotive service facility owners, manager, technicians, vo-tech instructors, educators, exhibitors and spouses, as well as current students preparing for their career in the automotive service repair industry.

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VISION Headshots

Capture your professional persona with a free headshot at VISION sponsored by AutoLeap, taking place on Saturday, March 2nd. Secure your spot by filling out the form below. Don’t miss this chance to elevate your professional image—reserve your slot today and get ready to shine!

 

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