Speakers

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Brandon Steckler

Brandon Steckler

Brandon began his career in Northampton County Community College in Bethlehem, PA. There, he was a student of GM’s Automotive Service Educational program. In 2001, he graduated top of his class and earned the GM Leadership award for his efforts.

He later began working as a technician at a Saturn dealership in Reading, PA where he quickly attained Master Technician status. He later transitioned to working with Hondas where he aggressively worked to attain another Mater Technician status.

Always having a passion for a full understanding of system/component functionality, he rapidly earned a reputation for deciphering strange failures at an efficient pace and became known as an information specialist amongst the staff and peers at the dealership. In search of new challenges, he once again transitioned away from the dealership and to the independent world, where he specializes in diagnostics and drivability.

Today, he is a working technician at a large facility near the NE side of Philadelphia, PA. Along with beta testing for Automotive Test Solutions, he writes for MotorAGE Magazine, teaches for CARQUEST Technical Institute as well as WORLDPAC Training Institute. He also develops curriculum/submits case studies for other training companies. Brandon has begun teaching his classes internationally and has aspirations of strengthening the bonds between the US and other countries around the world. Brandon contributes weekly to Facebook Automotive Chat groups and truly enjoys helping others to attain a level of understanding that will serve them well throughout their careers.

Professional Accomplishments

  • GM ASEP certified Technician
  • SATURN certified Master Technician
  • Honda Factory Certified Master Technician
  • Diagnostic technician in multiple shop locations
  • Training instructor
  • Training Curriculum Development

Certifications

  • ASE CMAT A1- A9
  • ASE C1 Service Consultant
  • ASE L1, L2, L3 Advanced Level Specialist

Personal Mission Statement

To help maintain or improve the level of professionalism amongst today’s diagnosticians and to help grow the number of competent diagnosticians of tomorrow, here in the US and around the world.

Brin Kline

Brin Kline

Brin is a 25-year veteran of the automotive service industry. He spent his career as a working technician, service advisor, teacher and diagnostic specialist. Brin has owned and operated Assured Auto Works, a general repair shop in Melbourne, FL for the past 9 years but his real passion is overcoming complex diagnostic challenges and helping other professionals enjoy their chosen careers by teaching them how to be world class automotive technicians and diagnosticians. Brin is also involved with several organizations, associations, committees and alliances on projects designed to better this industry. These projects and campaigns are especially important to him because his main initiative is to help our industries professionals get the respect that they deserve.

Danny Sanchez

Danny Sanchez

Danny’s success for instruction comes from his working knowledge of the auto repair industry. He relates to the everyday issues that shop owners face and provides valuable information that can be applied immediately. Danny brings to each of his seminars real life examples, practical business tools, and helpful steps that lead shop owners to smoother and more profitable facility operations.

The most frequent comment made about Danny’s courses is “I wish the course was longer!”

Dave Hobbs

Dave Hobbs

Dave Hobbs is the senior technical field trainer and award-winning technical training course developer for Delphi Technologies. Dave’s experience in the industry started as a technician and service manager in his family’s auto electric business in Kokomo Indiana. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech Community College and radio host for Kokomo’s Z92-Five (WZWZ 92.5 FM). In addition, Dave has experience as a field engineer and electronics systems instructor teaching GM Delco Electronics / Delphi engineers throughout North American and Asia. Dave is also a contributor to Motor Age Magazine, technical correspondent for MACS Worldwide (Mobile A/C Society) and an instructor in over 50 training videos with Automotive Video Innovations (AVI) and Delphi. Dave is an ASE master certified technician with L1 (Advanced Engine Performance) and L3 (Advanced Hybrid Specialist). Over 40 years of wrenching, technical writing, teaching and OEM tier 1 supplier experience adds up to plenty of practical knowledge to help technicians solve problems on today’s vehicles. Dave strives to add hands on elements and humor into every class he teaches. Whether you’re an advanced tech or just getting started you won’t find yourself bored in a Dave Hobbs class!

Eric Ziegler

Eric Ziegler

Eric has over 30 years of experience as a technician with an extensive diagnostics background. Eric is an ASE Recertified Advance Level L1 Master Technician who has spent a great deal of his career focusing on automotive electronics, engine management diagnostics, module programming and network communication. He is the owner of EZ Diagnostic Solutions, a mobile business that services the Peoria Illinois area. In addition to owning and operating EZDS, Eric is an accomplished automotive trainer working for Automotive Seminars and the Drivability Guys training technicians in the latest diagnostic techniques and technologies throughout the Midwest and US. He regularly attends and trains at some of the automotive industries top training events. Eric has also written technical articles for MotorAge magazine. Eric currently maintains many ASE certifications including: Master Automotive Technician, Truck Technician, L1, L2 and L3.

Jerry “G” Truglia

Jerry “G” Truglia

"G” has over 46 years’ experience in the automotive field as a technician, service manager, shop owner and automotive instructor. Recognized by the US EPA as one of the foremost OBD II experts, technicians and trainers in the country. He has achieved ASE’s World Class Technician being a Triple Master in Auto, Truck, School Bus, L1, L3, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Undercar Technician. Author of numerous books and articles, along with hosting many YouTube videos "G” brings the real-world shop experience to his seminars.

John Burkhauser

John Burkhauser

John “JB” Burkhauser is an Auto Repair Industry Specialist with over 30 years of experience—with expertise ranging from A Level & ASE Certified Master Tech, Shop Advisor/Manager, to Automotive Trade School Instructor, and Technical Writer. He is a highly sought-after industry thought leader who has been published in both the US and Europe. JB currently serves as Director of Education at BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY, the leading provider of automotive software solutions that solve the most common struggles facing the Automotive Repair & Maintenance Industry.

For more information or to get in touch w/JB, please visit www.Boltontechnology.com

John Thorton

John Thorton

John operates a mobile diagnostic business in the Chicagoland area. John assists his repair shop customers with both engine and transmission driveability concerns, module programming, bus communication issues, and electrical diagnosis. John has over 30 years of diagnostic experience and is an ASE certified Master Technician with L1 certification. John also conducts training seminars nationally for professional repair technicians through Autotrain, Inc. These seminars combine real world problem solving with system operation. These seminars focus on developing efficient diagnostic techniques through a thorough understanding of both the system under discussion and the diagnostic tools available.

Jorge Menchu

Jorge Menchu

Jorge is a nationally-recognized industry expert and president of AESwave.com. Jorge started his automotive career in the Temple Tx. High School auto shop program. While working as a technician in Fresno CA, he studied electronics. Eventually, Jorge developed a test lead kit and training to connect a generic laboratory oscilloscope to automobiles – the beginning of AESwave. Soon, Jorge was a soughtafter trainer speaking at all of the national trade shows discussing scopes, waveforms and electronics. He has done numerous articles for Motor, Import Service and PTEN. Jorge has received 5 Motor Top 20 awards, Professional Tool & Equipment News Innovation Award, two UnderCar Digest Top 10 Tools awards and a Trade Association Business Publications gold award for technical article 2016.

Keith Perkins

Keith Perkins

Keith Perkins has been in the industry over 14 years, serving in various capacities, including; machine shop experience as a cylinder head machinist, cylinder block machinist, and lead engine assembler, technician at multiple independent shops, supported over 200 shops as a Nissan/Infiniti technical information and troubleshooting specialist, and many more roles through the years. Keith graduated from Tulsa Technology Center with a CCNP certificate and training in network infrastructure and security, he soon found his knack for automotive technology consumed his interest to a point where his hobby became his career. Keith currently owns and operates a training, mobile diagnostic, module programming, and immobilizer company in his local area (L1 Automotive Diagnostics and Programming LLC). Keith currently holds ASE certifications A1-A9, L1, X1, P2 and various other industry certifications, Keith also served as a Subject Matter Expert for the ASE A1 test during the last round of the A1 test update. He has received many accolades throughout his career in and out of the automotive industry, but he is most proud of his “Value of Life Award” he received for successful lifesaving efforts on a civilian while in the line of duty during his hiatus from the automotive industry with the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Kris Lewis

Kris Lewis

After 35 years in the auto industry, from turning wrenches to shop manager and foreman, Kris has decided to concentrate and devote the last 15 years of his time to Computer Diagnostics, Drivability and Training. While still working in the bay, part-time, he is well aware of what technicians deal with on a daily basis. In addition, he has a handle on the pulse of what real-world technicians are faced with daily, by working on a technical support hotline, where he handled 15-20 “Diagnosis to Completion” cars per day.

His unique way of putting things in laymen’s terms, has also helped him with another facet of his part-time projects, which is being associated with a nationally syndicated call-in radio show for the automotive consumer market.

With his dedication to his career, and his hobby’s, Kris has also received his “Merchant Marine Officer” Master Captains license from the US Coast Guard.

  • Owner “Onsite Automotive Training and Consulting”
  • ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician
  • ASE L1 Certified
  • ASE A 9 Diesel Certified
  • ASE C1 Service Consultant Certified
  • ASA-NJ – Shop of the Year
  • AASP-NJ – Rookie of the Year
  • CAAT “Council of Advanced Automotive Trainers”
  • TST “Technician Service Training Member”
  • i-ATN Sponsoring Member
  • SPX/OTC Genisys and Pegisys “Master Trainer” 2003 to present
  • NY VIP OBDII Trainer, A.T.T.S. Inc.
  • Mechanics Education Association, Instructor, Tech Support Hotline 2004-2007
  • Assistant Trainer for:
  • “Up Your Voltage” 4 days Hybrid Training w/ Craig Van Battenburg ACDC 2006
  • Hybrid Training USMC Okinawa Japan w/ Jerry Truglia A.T.T.S. Inc., 2010
  • Hybrid Training 3 day course w/ Jerry Truglia A.T.T.S. Inc., 2006

Rick White

Rick White

Rick White has been working in the automotive, consulting and software industries for greater than thirty-five years. He brings to the business a career’s worth of technical, management, coaching and training experience. Rick believes strongly in education and has achieved many honors and awards. He has been featured in most major publications including AutoInc, Ratchet & Wrench, Fender Bender and Success Magazine. He was recently featured on He is now founder and co-owner of 180BIZ, a management & sales training and business coaching organization specializing in the auto and truck repair industries. Rick has a passion for learning and loves helping shop owners reignite their entrepreneurial spirits. His clients consider him a trusted advisor.

About Rick White & 180BIZ

Rick White is a managing member of 180BIZ, a Virginia based training and coaching provider to the automotive and truck repair industries. Rick’s clients consider him a trusted adviser, helping them to increase profits and free time while reducing stress. If you would like daily business tips and motivational thoughts, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/180biz. 180BIZ offers online business management & sales training programs & courses as well as affordable, down to earth, one-on-one business coaching with no long-term commitments. To see how we can help you and your business, please email us at info@180biz.com or call (540) 833-2014

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Scott Brown’s automotive career began after graduating from Arizona Automotive Technical Institute in 1983. With a strong focus on engine performance and analysis of onboard computerized engine controls, Scott began collaborating with other industry professionals online in the early ’90s. In 1992, he helped organize the first online technical automotive waveform database on CompuServe. He later began a dialup automotive-themed bulletin board service called The Garage BBS for fellow automotive service industry professionals. In 1993, he became the owner of Connie & Dick’s Service Center Inc. located in Southern California. Scott became highly involved with engine controller calibration for both OEM and aftermarket systems supporting pro level race teams and retro-street rods running late model OEM controllers. Scott has spent a lot of time studying ECM controllers and their calibrations. Today, Scott and his wife Cindy continue to operate the business with seven employees.

In 1995, he joined in to help build, launch and support the International Automotive Technicians Network, (iATN) where he retired as company president in February 2018. Scott is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician, SAE member, Director: NASTF (National Automotive Service Taskforce) and ASCCA (Automotive Service Councils of California) and is a member of a host of other industry groups

and associations. He and his wife have two adult daughters.

Scott is now focusing his efforts on Diagnostic Network. DIAG.NET is a modern online community he launched mid-2018. The Diagnostic Network mission is to connect professional technicians to enable successful repair of complex vehicles through peer discussion, partner collaboration, and education.