“Aaron Schulenburg shared a childhood story that’s near to his heart, outlining the importance of us coming together as a team and sharing the responsibility while focusing on the outcome,” Myers-Daniels said.
Kent added, “Aaron Clark’s advice was clear: things have to be done right and by the book. He provided a reality check that was needed and very much appreciated.”
On Saturday, May 18, participants who purchased VIP tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race got to take a bus to the Charlotte Speedway where they enjoyed terrace seating, a concert, pit passes, a buffet dinner, drinks and more.
The CECC also included a vendor expo, providing attendees with an opportunity to meet with vendors and learn about the products they offer. Vendors included Kemperle, IGO Insurance, CCC, Lombard Equipment, I-CAR, Mitchell and more.
The event was well received by vendors and attendees. According to Davies, “One consistent theme I heard from sponsors was an appreciation for the intimate setting of the vendor area. It gave everyone a great opportunity to talk and have genuine conversation, without pressure, which makes an event a huge success.”
Kent added, “Attendees gave us great feedback about how educational the classes were. I haven’t heard any negative comments.” One repairer told Kent that after he attended Anderson’s seminar, he learned he was doing everything wrong for a while.
The driving purpose of the CECC was “purely educational, not only for industry professionals but for our business partners and members as well,” Myers-Daniels said.
“The purpose of this event was to bring awareness to what we are trying to do as associations and to attract new members,” Kent said. “We plan to make this an annual event and hope to see it get bigger and better every year.”
Shops should not feel alone—unity within the industry is important, Davies said. Members and partners should feel supported so they can grow and build more success, he added.
The first CECC exceeded expectations for NCACAR and SCACAR.