I think that the strength of MACS lies in its members and the relationships we build. As a regional organization, it is important to support one another as much as we can, and I am proud to say that we do!
STACY ELOFIR, UNIVERSITY STORE DIRECTOR / TOWSON UNIVERSITY,
MACS has been a great networking source for me on both sides. I have been able to meet new customers through the annual meeting, and I have also been able to introduce new customers to MACS. I spread the word as I am on the road to encourage more people to get involved with MACS. Attending the annual show gives me the ability to interact with existing and possible customers in a different environment, and lets me showcase my products in a "see-all" fashion so people can get a broader view of what I can offer their store.
INDEPENDENT SALES REP
Membership in MACS has been a wonderful experience. When I talk about MACS, one of the first things I tell people is that the MACS network provides a world of information to HIGH SCHOOL STORES. ..I have met amazing and talented individuals who are the heart and soul of MACS. … some of the buying services have significantly reduces costs. This year we joined the Partnership Shipping Program and have saved over $9,000 in shipping costs. Attending the Super Regional and local shows provides me with an opportunity to grow educationally through the courses offered. The benefits of a High School Store joining MACS are numerous and include opportunities for advanced education directly related to our industry, networking with amazing professionals and more economical and efficient purchasing.
NANCY GUSTITIS /MANAGER
MALVERN PREP SCHOOL /PHILADELPHIA, PA
MACS is a great organization to belong to if for no other reason than the amount of information available from all the other stores within MACS and the willingness to share that information. In 35 years I have received numerous answers and ideas to aid our store. I have also made many personal contacts that will last a lifetime long after I retire.
ED BIERTEMPFEL /MANAGER, UNIVERSITY BOOK CENTER
CLARION UNIVERSITY /CLARION, PA
MACS helps us stay connected with our customers, the trade shows allow us to meet with our buyers, present new products, and network in a relaxed environment. Although our sales reps see stores often during the year, the MACS Trade Show enables Church Hill Classics to get to know our buyers personally and hear the specific challenges they face. This helps us tailor our products and programs to their needs.
HELEN TAYLOR /NATIONAL SALES MANAGER / CHURCH HILL CLASSICS
Attending the MACS annual meeting has always been a must for me; and not just for the trade show. I found out that there was a lot of value in attending the educational sessions. I was able to take away information that helped me understand more about our industry. In servicing my bookstore customers, I found that the more I knew about their job, the better partner I could be in their success.
COLLEEN HEILES/ REGIONAL MANAGER / BALFOUR
I feel the trade shows are important because they help me meet with more of my customers then I can sometimes see in the course of a year due to a large sales territory. At the trade show I can show them our new products and take the time to review show specials. Local networking is also the most terrific part of MACS for both vendors and stores. CHUCK SHORTER/SALES REP/ HAMILTON BELL
My very first industry meeting was a MACS Fall Meeting, and at that meeting, I met other managers with whom I have been friends for my entire 33 year career. It wasn’t long before I got involved on a committee, became a committee chairperson, and eventually was honored to serve as MACS President in 2003-2004. Along the way, I made many more MACS friends, shared the ups and downs of this industry, and each other’s careers, and served the MACS members together in every way. I credit MACS with having the greatest positive influence on my career and the development of my professionalism, among all the other organizations with which I’ve been involved. MACS is my ‘home’ within the college store industry. Is it yours?
FRANK L. HENNINGER M.A. , CCR / DIRECTOR VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SHOP