We've spent the past couple of months planning our fourth annual Fixed Ops Journal Forum, scheduled for the five Tuesdays from July 13 to Aug. 10. We've held strategy meetings, solicited ideas, set the topics for each week and started inviting speakers and panelists.
And as we made these plans, in the back of my head, I had this small worry whether we were putting together a program interesting enough that people would want to attend. Luckily, Mike Weldon quickly eased my concerns.
Weldon, fixed ops director at Hansel Auto Group in the Sonoma Valley region of Northern California, was the first registrant for the FOJ Forum. He submitted his online registration the morning of April 12, the same day an ad promoting the forum appeared in that month's Fixed Ops Journal. Seven minutes later, Rodrigo Sapunar, an aftermarket manager at Bruno Fritsch in Chile, followed suit.