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MACS 2011 Summary w/ video

Another MACS convention is in the books, and from what I recall of the last 5 I’ve attended, this has to rank as one of the best.

 

The first day is one of meetings for some, and fun for others.  Early arrivals came to take advantage of the annual MACS golf tournament to have some fun and test their skills on one of the PGA’s premier courses.  While some MACS members were playing, the members of the SAE Interior Climate Control committee spent their day in meetings, as did the members of the Car Care Council’s Women’s Board.

 

Day two is really the kick off for the convention, and it started off at full speed with a MACS general membership meeting at 8:00 a.m., followed immediately by numerous training opportunities.  Those interested in passenger car/light truck training had noted trainers like G. “Jerry” Truglia, John Anello, Mark Ingram, and Dave Hobbs to select from on Thursday while the heavy duty/off road techs had an all day session with trainers representing Denso, Caterpillar, Air Pro and more.

 

Day three had even more training available as MACS partner, AVI, entered the show.  In total, there were 13 different offerings covering the morning and afternoon sessions to choose from.  Dwain Deville, the author of “The Biker’s Guide to Business” was the keynote speaker at the luncheon meeting, and shared valuable insights on managing a successful business, but the big event of the day had to be the opening of the trade show to the attendees.  The trade show was well attended, with several new exhibitors present.  That evening, a welcoming reception allowed everyone to wind down, reconnect with od friends, and make lots of new ones.

 

Normally, the last day of the MACS convention is slow and easy, with many attendees in the past leaving early in the day to return home.  Not this year, as training events were available all day long and the trade show remained open until 2:30 that afternoon.  All of the events seemed to be well attended, as many of the members and guests took advantage of the additional opportunities and planning their departures for that evening or the next morning instead.

 

Another “don’t miss” event on the last day of the show is the EPA presentation and Ward Atkinson’s “State of the Industry” presentation.  You’ll find additional coverage on what was discussed here.

 

Next year, the MACS convention returns to the Rio in Las Vegas.  And if next year is anything like this year, you won’t want to miss it!

 

 

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