Monthly Archives: June 2011

Are you ready for the future?


A couple of items crossed my desk this week that convey a message none of us can afford to ignore. MACS’ Manager of Service Training, Paul DeGuiseppi passed both of them along to me, because they reflect issues at the core of the strategic planning that the MACS Board and staff have been discussing for many months. Continue reading

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Baja 1000 champion Joe Bacal to Keynote MACS 2012 Convention


Off-road race champion driver Joe Bacal will deliver the Keynote presentation during the Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s (MACS) Worldwide’s 2012 Convention and Trade Show. The MACS Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 (Wednesday thru Friday) at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The Keynote Luncheon sponsored by Delphi Product & Service Solutions is scheduled on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at noon. Continue reading

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Yesterday and tomorrow


Are we reliving the good old days? Stay with me here; companies come and go, particularly in the automotive world. A quick glance at the list of lost marques and fallen flags reveals these North American names. Some you probably know but depending on your age, to others you’ll say “who’s that?” Continue reading

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MACS publications honored with six IAMC awards


The staff and contributors of MACS Worldwide’s industry trade journal, ACTION magazine received five medals in the 2011 International Automotive Media Competition. The MACS Service Report, MACS monthly technical newsletter was also honored. The honors were announced at the June 21 awards ceremony held at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. The competition is peer-judged, and each entry is measured against set standards of quality and presentation. Continue reading

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Photos from the field


MACS member Gordon Marks of Marks Air in Tampa, Florida shares some photos of what’s rolling into his shop these days. Florida has heated up and people need their A/C. How is the summer going for you? Let us know! Continue reading

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The missing element


Most of us pay attention to our bottom line, our pricing and our productivity numbers to stay on top of our business. These are all very tangible and measurable elements of our business that help us make the day-to-day decisions that keep us in the game. I would propose that there is a missing element that we may not be paying enough attention to. Continue reading

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Are we to blame?


I always enjoy going to our convention to find old friends and meet new ones. It is truly an environment that fosters networking all day and night. This year (as in the past) I was asked to host a box-lunch Roundtable discussion group on the subject of “Employee Retention,” and I agreed. Continue reading

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In my craw


By Paul DeGuiseppi, MACS manager of service training I know this may come as a shock to my regular readers, but there are a lot of things stuck in my craw. Here are a few automotive (and one non-automotive) examples. … Continue reading

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Nibbles and bits of interest


By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion magazine • First, some headlines that didn’t need to be written, or, as my Brit friends say “Why state the bleedin’ obvious?” “Muscle cars outsell hybrids” (Wow; who ever suspected that?) “Declining gas prices … Continue reading

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The good old days


Someone asked me, “Is there anything you miss about working in a shop?” Continue reading

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