Tech session at Umansky report
The weather outside was delightful!!!! The people inside were even better!!!!
By Mike Wiviott, tech chair
The temp was in the mid-50s on Dec. 2; the sun was out and the Team at Umansky Porsche Milwaukee North were hosting the group from Milwaukee Region PCA for a combination Tech Session and Open House. Roughly 50 guests (old and new friends alike) from the club and a special Invitees from the Umansky team descended upon the dealership for an 11 a.m. kickoff.
After a brief introduction by myself, and club President Tony Quebbemann where we thanked Jessica Montoto, marketing manager, who was unable to join us, for helping to put this event together and a brief reminder of the upcoming Holiday Party, we turned it over to Tom Herbert, service manager – Porsche).
Tom greeted everyone and then we proceeded to move out of the Mercedes service waiting area where we had gathered. First stops were the Old VW showroom and the current Porsche Showroom. For those that were not aware, Porsche Milwaukee North is getting a major makeover. The two show rooms and a little bit more are being remodeled to make way for the new entrance for Sales and direct to Service. This is not a small undertaking and we encourage club member to stop by often and review the progress. They are truly working on something special in the coming months.
After that – we proceeded on to their service area. Changes are coming to that area also. As we walked through the area we took a few minutes to talk about the alignment system that they had been using for both Porsche and Mercedes. A top-flight rig – but not enough for Porsche!!! A new unit is being installed for just them. The same can be said for the tire changing station where a high-end unit is in play today and a new $30k plus unit is being set up for Porsche. For those on site we were also able to look over some of the various things in the service bay including an interesting experiment of a S class Mercedes and a leather couch. Also tucked in a corner was what I believe was a newer model Mercedes SLS convertible and a G550 sport ute that has had a serious aftermarket make over.
On to the Porsche workshop. As we found out – this area will be moving around as part of their major remodel. Currently with six side lift racks filled with various “toys” – we were at our destination to talk about winterizing Porsches, winter tires for Porsches and the new technical team working at the shop. Tom introduced us to Tim Zeirke, newly awarded Gold Technician. Tim just took sixth in the country during recent testing and will be working with a silver and a bronze technician at Umansky Porsche Milwaukee North. We also met Ryan Liebner from Porsche parts and Bianca Pinkerton who is the Porsche service assistant and your go to person for scheduling. Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador and General Manager of Umansky Porsche Milwaukee North – Aaron “Kiwi” Vrhovnik then joined us and we were ready to dig into the QA and session as well as discussions of what services they have to offer.
Roughly 40 minutes later – and with dozens of questions answered we took a slight break for a light lunch graciously provided by the Umansky team. We worked on more questions and on to a little in-house version of Porsche Trivial Pursuit for some wonderful gift bags and posters. With topics ranging from what kind of oil to use, rules for winter storage and even an introduction to the new 718 Boxster loaner car with snow tires on it – everyone realized that 2.5 hours had flown by. We even had discussions on the future of Porsche and the future of self-driving (autonomous) cars.
For more information about winter tires, download the Porsche winter tire brochure. Please reach out to the team at Umansky to see about making your special ride one that can go year-round!!!
The Club thanks the entire Umansky team for making the afternoon event just fly by.
We all look forward to seeing how the remodel turns out.
Look for future Tech Sessions in 2018. If you have any ideas, please reach out to Mike Wiviott. Michael.Wiviott@gmail.com.