Centerpoint Newsletter Fall 2016

Fall 2016

CENTER POINT news from the center for automotive education & training

Since the Center first opened its doors, automotive manufacturers have used its state-of-the-art facilities to hold trainings for dealership personnel. No OEM has had a steadier presence at the Center than Toyota. Toyota has leased one bay and one classroom, full-time, since the building’s operations started in 2005. Toyota recently announced an agreement with GNYADA to renew its lease and expand its use of the CAET. As of August, 2016, Toyota’s space now includes a second service bay and an additional classroom. Toyota is in the process of finalizing new equipment — alignment machine, wheel balancer, etc. — to be installed in both its new and existing space. Classes are expected to start in November, after renovations are completed. One of the goals of this expansion is to provide better training services to Toyota dealers throughout Greater New York and Connecticut. They will also add more specific training courses, including engine repair, hybrid vehicle work, front-end and suspension work, and more. Toyota Adds to its Presence at the Center

Toyota’s training team at the Center has been steadily growing as well. In the past year, Vincent Favorito, who oversees Toyota’s operations at the Center, brought on four new instructors (pictured below) to execute brand-specific training. Building New Relationships The CAET continues forging new hospitality arrangements with various manufacturers. Jaguar recently held a Land Rover training session in one of the Center’s classrooms on August 18th and 19th. Representatives expressed that they enjoyed the two-day class, and that they intend to continue booking the facility. The fall calendar also includes a day-long training program by Maserati, returning to the Center after holding a similar program last October, and Honda, which has scheduled a three-day customer loyalty conference in November. Several other OEMs are in negotiations with GNYADA to become longterm tenants of the Center, similar to Toyota.


John Loira

Christopher Homentosky

Joe Bingaman

Nicholas Antoniello

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