RR 098: Ryan Kooiman, Dir. of Training, Standard Motor Products
Training PERIOD is the lifeblood of all companies large and small and for every person working today. We know how technology is moving at a rapid pace and our industry is no exception. In fact it seems like it is moving faster than we can actually keep pace.
Getting a perspective on training from a respected aftermarket manufacture’s Director of Training makes for a powerful episode. Meet Ryan Kooiman, Director of Training from Standard Motor Products.
Learn how many hours Ryan says techs need to have each year.
Learn Ryan’s perspective on how long it takes to build yourself into a quality ‘A’ tech.
Learn what is new with training and how training classes get vetted.
Understand another great benefit techs receive from leader led classes.
Ryan Kooiman joined Standard Motor Products full time as a Technician Training Developer in 2010. Previously he was the lead tech/driveability specialist at a 20 bay independent shop in Michigan. He is the founder of West Michigan Auto Repair Society, chairman of the MI chapter of SAE, has attended numerous ASE test writing workshops. He has appeared on TV shows such as the CBS Early Show, and co-hosted Car and Driver Radio along with Road and Track Radio. Ryan brings his years of hands on experience in the shop to the audience in a manner they can relate to and put to use immediately.
In early 2013, Ryan was promoted to manager of the Professional Training Seminars training group, overseeing the scheduling and the work of the SMP training staff. In December 2013, Ryan was promoted to Director of Training. In this role, Ryan oversees the operations of the SMP Corporate Training Center in Irving, TX; oversees the operations and development of the Pro Training group, as well as works closely with the Marketing and Product teams at SMP to ensure that their products and promotions are what they need to be for the automotive technician.
When he’s not talking about automotive topics, Ryan spends time with his wife and 3 children, builds custom off-road vehicles, and plays with his dragster in West Michigan.
Get a real feel for the commitment Standard Motor Products has with their training team from Ryan Kooiman, Direct of Training,
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