Worldpac thrilled with success of 2nd training expo
More than 1000 Worldpac customers from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico attended exclusive technical and business training presented by over 40 of the industrys most respected instructors at four-day event in Southern California.
The event, which took place Jan. 12-15 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Southern California, was built on the success of Worldpac’s first such expo, held in October 2009 I Orlando, Fla.
During the four-day event, more than 1000 Worldpac customers from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico attended exclusive technical and business training presented by over 40 of the industry’s most respected instructors.
The event kicked off Thursday evening with a cocktail reception, which provided an opportunity for independent service center professionals to network with their peers as well as suppliers, instructors and Worldpac management team. On Friday and Saturday, guests experienced full days of advanced level training followed by evening EXPO events featuring over 80 manufacturers and an extensive tool & equipment show.
The turnout in Southern California was double the size of the Orlando event in 2009.
The Supplier & Training Expo was initially created to help Worldpac customers better succeed in the changing aftermarket environment.
Worldpac president Bob Cushing said the success of the events was due to the overwhelming support of customers.
“Our 2012 Supplier and Training Expo achieved the goals we set to further support our commitment to our customers and suppliers,” he said. “The Training Program, taught by the industry’s leading instructors, provided our customers a comprehensive business and technical training curriculum designed to meet the demands of growing their business in a challenging business environment.”
He said the Supplier and Training Expo allowed suppliers to meet the industry’s leading automotive professional business owners, technicians and service writers to discuss their products and programs.
Additional event highlights included special guest speaker Charlie Gorman, former chairman of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), who presented the group with a discussion of the changing aftermarket and predictions for the future, a raffle featuring over 100 valuable prizes, and a Hollywood themed Expo where a cast of celebrity impersonators rolled out the red carpet for Worldpac customers. The event concluded with a half day of training on Sunday before guests departed for home with knowledge designed to increase the success of their independent service center business. The overall feedback from attendees was that the event was an invaluable experience and a resounding success.
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