MACS event ‘a splashing success’ for training, attendance
Anaheim, Calif.—Amid a historic, record-breaking rainstorm, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) 2017 Training Event and Trade Show “made a splash” in Anaheim, Calif., with a large turnout of attendees after a long drought of having the annual event in California.
“It was a splashing success,” said Marion J. Posen, MACS vice president of sales and marketing, of the event, themed, “Mobile A/C: Global Service Horizons,” Feb. 15-18, at the Anaheim Marriot.
“More than 950 attendees enjoyed the training sessions, social events, and commerce through what [other than Friday’s storm] was mostly a beautiful week,” she said.
Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and CEO, added, “MACS has not been to California in many years for our annual training event and many of our Western region members had requested we return. We were very pleased with attendance, which included many new faces from the West Coast.”
The event featured some 25 technical sessions for passenger vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, and off-road vehicles, and several presented in Spanish.
Topics included A/C climate control diagnostics, telematics and advanced body electronics, optimizing A/C system charge, HVAC system diagnostics, Section 609 certification prep and test,
R-1234yf update, the changing roll of refrigerant systems, and social media marketing.
After Thursday morning training sessions, a keynote luncheon was held, with speaker Dr. Mark Quarto, chief technology officer for FutureTech Auto, covering how the role of mobile air conditioning (A/C) systems has changed and has now become part of a larger high-voltage integrated thermal management system.
“MACS was proud to have Dr. Quarto discuss new technology as it applies to the expanding role of mobile A/C systems, and his message was a perfect fit with our training event theme,” Hoffpauir said.
Friday kicked off with an Expert’s Panel session, with nearly 200 attendees, moderated by Ward Atkinson, MACS technical advisor, with representatives from the EPA, the California EPA (ARB), and Red Dot, covering state and federal regulations on MVAC refrigerants, proper use, disposal, and impact on the environment.
The vendor trade show opened with more than 80 top industry companies and 93 booths, filling the Platinum ballroom with the latest HVAC equipment and supplies.
A highlight of the event was the new product showcase, judged by a panel of industry press in three categories.
Recognized for the Best Use of Technology new product was the Fox from Globus Sistemas Electronicas. Honored as the Most Service Friendly new product was the Custom A/C Repair Hose Tube Assembly from Parker-Hannifin. Chosen for the Most Innovative was the Gates Steel Tube Turbocharger Hose Solution Kit.
MACS also honored outstanding members, both veteran and up-and-coming, by naming four new Mobile A/C Industry Pioneers and three new Mobile A/C Young Ambassadors.
Honored with the Pioneer award were Jim Hittman of Badger Refrigeration, Eau Claire, Wis.; Marc McDermott of MEI Corporation, Atlanta; John Miller of The Air Shop, Santa Ana, Calif; and Dan Spurgeon of CAT, Mossville, Ill. “These Pioneers were honored for a lifetime of industry achievements,” Hoffpauir said.
The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show will take place Feb. 14-17, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.macsw.org.