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Advance Auto Parts and Worldpac wrap up training event, STX 2024

Supplier & Training Expo offered three days of training for entire repair shops plus an expo, featuring industry-leading OE and aftermarket parts manufacturers.

Nashville, Tenn.—Advance Auto Parts and Worldpac concluded its 2024 Supplier & Training Expo (STX) with record-breaking participation from repair shop owners, auto technicians, supplier partners and other attendees.

Nearly 3,400 registrants attended STX, which was hosted in Nashville from April 24-28 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Attendees participated in three days of automotive training totaling 24 hours of class time, a best-in-class supplier expo, motivational keynote speakers and networking before a celebratory event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, featuring an exclusive concert by multiple-time award-winning country music group, Little Big Town.

Snapshot of STX 2024:

  • 2,390 repair shop owners, service writers, technicians and students attended training courses, including 138 students from Lincoln Tech in Nashville and multiple schools from the Metro Nashville Public School system (attendance sponsored by Worldpac)
  • 392 training classes (from beginner to master-tech level) performed on topics such as EV high voltage and hybrid systems, ADAS technologies and diagnostics, plus business and financial management for repair shops
    • 80 business management classes
    • 52 hands-on classes with full vehicles or portions of vehicles in class
    • 203 classes focused on emerging technologies
  • Sessions were led by nearly 180 instructors from Worldpac Training Institute, Carquest Technical Institute, global supplier partners and OEs, with instructors hailing from the United States, Canada, England, Germany and Denmark
  • More than 160 global supplier partners participated in the expo, including premier-level supporters: Denso, Bosch, AC Delco, AP Exhaust Products, Liqui Moly and Motorcraft
Bob Cushing, Advance’s executive vice president, professional and president of Worldpac.

“It’s an 18-month effort to make STX happen, so first, a big thank you to everyone at Advance, Worldpac and our incredible supplier partners who worked tirelessly to make it happen,” said Bob Cushing, Advance’s executive vice president, professional and president of Worldpac. “This is a critical event for our industry – our seventh STX – as we bring together shop owners and their team members from across North America for quality training. Shop owners who invest in the future of their teams to attend STX are ahead of their peers. We’re all energized after this week thanks to the high energy our customers and suppliers bring to each STX event and we’re already looking forward to STX 2026.”

Other STX Program Highlights

  • STX 2024 featured a lunch specifically for women attendees, celebrating their contributions to the aftermarket and highlighting the importance of connection and community with a keynote by Dr. Michelle Rozen
  • STX attendees also enjoyed an interview discussion led by decorated U.S. Navy SEAL and best-selling author, Marcus Luttrell
  • Worldpac sponsored 138 students from local Nashville schools and hosted a dinner for them where they learned from various automotive experts on the strength of our industry and its promising future along with what it takes to build a career in the industry
  • Worldpac also partnered with NASTF to host their spring meeting which was open to all STX attendees

Worldpac also announced that its next STX will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside of Washington, D.C., in National Harbor, Md., from Aug. 19-23, 2026.

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