Worldpac Hosts Supplier and Training Expo
Worldpac Inc. held its fourth Supplier & Training Expo (STX), an event that provides customers with lessons on advanced vehicle technology plus critical business skills they can use to improve their business' profitability.
The event was held April 21-24, 2016, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. It was created in 2009 as Worldpac’s vision to help customers better succeed in the changing aftermarket environment. Attendees also enjoy peer-to-peer networking and an opportunity to discuss products with suppliers and manufacturers.
During the four day event more than 1,600 participants, including elite independent repair professionals from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, experienced more than 600 hours of advanced technical and business training. More than 160 new classes taught by industry instructors were a key in drawing record attendance.
“Our goal is to provide our customers with professional management training to help grow their business, advanced technical training to meet today’s demands of diagnosing and repairing the most advanced vehicles, and create a culture of dialogue between our premium supplier partners and customer community,” says Bob Cushing, CEO and president of Worldpac. “We take great pride in continuing to offer exclusive curriculum as well as opportunities to provide solutions for a rapidly changing business environment; our world-class STX event is consistently a part of connecting technology and innovation on all levels. We are incredibly pleased with the success of the event, only possible due to the tremendous support of our team members, partners, suppliers and customers, and look forward to continuing it in the future.”
Mario Recchia, senior vice president of marketing for Worldpac says, “Customer education has always been pivotal in our overall value proposition to our customers. This event is a culmination of over a year’s effort in putting together an event where we can assist in advancing our customers education through instructor led classes and direct interaction with our supplier community. We will continue this throughout the year with the Worldpac Training Institute (WTI) and look forward to STX 2018.”
Worldpac customers offered feedback about their experiences:
Kim Auernheime of Cool Springs Automotive in Brentwood, Tenn.: “Once again, Worldpac has outdone itself at this year’s Supplier & Training Expo! I want to thank you and your team for another great event. The location, the service, the Expo and the training classes were excellent!”
Peter Kjellberg of Swedish Car Clinic in Harbor City, Calif.: “Absolutely great event! The task of organizing an event of this size and with so much great content is staggering, and the Worldpac team pulled it off again. Amazing!”
Alexander of Riverside Import Auto in Glenwood Springs, Colo.: “This was a very well organized event. The amount of information was amazing. The next event we will close the shop and bring the entire staff."
The advanced-level technical and business classes were developed by WTI in collaboration with partner suppliers including ACDelco, Akebono Brake Corp., Bilstein Corp., Robert Bosch LLC, CRP Automotive, Delphi Product & Service Solutions, Denso Products and Services Americas Inc., Gates Corp., KYB Americas Corp., Hella Inc., Mopar, Monroe Shocks and Struts, Motorcraft, Schaeffller Group USA Inc, TRW Automotive, ZF Services LLC and more who, along with others, also participated in the Expo.
Additional event highlights include a presentation from Bob Cushing featuring an inside view into Worldpac and the automotive landscape today, a tool and equipment sales event, an Expo raffle featuring more than $150,000 in prizes including diagnostic tools, lifts, tire balancers, gift cards, and more.
To learn more about Worldpac or become a customer, contact (855) 878-8750 or visit www.worldpac.com.