By Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and COO
Start making plans now for the 2013 MACS annual Training Event and Trade Show, to be held Feb. 7 – 9 at the Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. Based on input provided by our regular participants, the MACS Board of Directors and staff are making some content and format changes to provide even greater value for technicians, shop owners, distributors and manufacturers. We continue to offer the premiere annual training opportunity and business forum for A/C specialists from the U.S. and other countries around the world.
Two full days of technical and business training (Thursday and Saturday) will feature instructors rated the best from previous annual meetings plus many instructors new to MACS but with a proven pedigree ranking them among the best in the country. Training will be geared to provide knowledge, skills, procedures and techniques that can have a direct impact on improving service shop revenue.
The trade show, traditionally taking place on two half-days, will be the focus all day on Friday, It begins just after a high-energy opening program designed to set the tone for the day. A keynote by NASCAR champion Kenny Wallace will take place at noon, immediately adjacent to the trade show floor. Drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits will also be at the trade show to sign autographs and display one of his dragsters. Other surprises including special appearances, cool cars and drawings for major prizes are planned to engage attendees throughout the day.
On Saturday, the focus shifts back to specialized training classes designed to meet the needs of technicians at all levels, plus the opportunity for vendors to interact informally with customers in a more relaxed setting.
Saturday brings a special edition of the highly praised MACS Mobile A/C Boot Camp, with the morning sessions featuring MACS instructor Larry Turay, author of the MACS “Modern Automotive HVAC Systems.” The afternoon Boot Camp sessions will have MACS instructor Bob Miller presenting material from MACS second new electrical functions textbook “Electrical and Electronics.”
If you are beyond boot camp, a second training track will run simultaneously with the first, but offer training geared to inspire and challenge the most seasoned mobile A/C pros. Either way, Saturday’s sessions will help you raise your game.
All of our popular social events will remain in the new format, but some with a couple of tweaks. Golfers will have their day, but an alternate venue for go-cart or simulator racing is also being explored. The welcoming reception will be extended to become Casino Night at the Caribe.
In short, MACS is pulling out all the stops to make the 2013 annual event one that you will absolutely, positively not want to miss.
See you next year in Orlando.
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The 33rd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Be the Best of the Best will take place February 7-9, 2013 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL.