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AAIA hosts European aftermarket leaders for global issues talks, what millennials want in a car, four tactics for encouraging younger employees to stay, three factors that set the best reps apart, AAIA receives award for office space design, and this week’s Capital Report…
To promote cooperation on legislative and technical issues of importance to the economic health of the independent auto care industry on a global basis, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association recently hosted leaders of several European and South African aftermarket organizations for weeklong talks. Among the issues addressed were Right to Repair, challenges posed by car company telematics systems and the common goals for the U.S./EU free trade agreement being negotiated.
Millennials are driving fewer miles, are less likely to have driver’s licenses and more likely to live in areas where car ownership is easier to avoid, Dave Mosher writes. How to win this generation over? By making safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly vehicles, Mosher says. Popular Science (10/14)
AAIA members: Learn more about news affecting the automotive aftermarket industry in this week’s Capital Report:
- This Week in Congress
- California Eases Burden of Frivolous Prop. 65 Lawsuits for Businesses
- AAIA, Industry Groups Denied Right to Intervene In EPA Ozone Lawsuit
- Shopping Center Group Poll Shows Growing Consumer Awareness of Online Sales Taxes
- American Chemistry Council Recommits to Toxics Reform
- New Blog Post: Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights at AAPEX
- AAIA Members: Please Complete our Legislator Relationship Survey
- Aftermarket State Legislation
Michael McGrath, president, vehicle service market-North America, at SKF since 2006, has died. He was well-known within the traditional distribution community and a regular attendee at the AWDA Annual Conference. He was also a featured presenter at the 2013 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium. McGrath’s services will be held in Chicago. View his obituary.
Join the Automotive Specialty Products Alliance for its Annual Luncheon Program at AAPEX on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at noon at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. This year’s luncheon features Ken LeBlanc, division merchandise manager-auto, Sears Holdings Corp., presenting “Sears’ Compelling Future Vision of Aftermarket E-commerce.” For more information and to register, go online.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association’s office has won the Inaugural Association Real Estate Award in the category of Large Trade Association. Sponsored by Studley Commercial Real Estate Advisors, in conjunction with ASAE Business Services, the purpose of the competition was to share what the best-of-the-best do with their real estate, and recognize organizations whose office space is designed to most effectively communicate and reflect their missions. AAIA will receive its award during a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the ASAE Conference Center in Washington, D.C. View the award-winning office space.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association is hosting a complimentary, 30-minute, members-only webinar, “How to Determine Full-Time Equivalents and Full-Time Employees,” on Thursday at 11 a.m. EDT. This is the third in a series of five webinars being hosted by AAIA this fall on different aspects of the Affordable Care Act. The webinar will be presented by Anita Baker, managing partner, employee benefit plans, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. The two September webinars in the series covered state/federal exchanges, subsidies and cost sharing reductions, and ACA’s impact on small employers. In addition to video archives of these webinars, AAIA members have access to more exclusive information on health care reform, and can register for a discounted health insurance and penalty report specific to their company via the AAIA website. Registration for the webinar is now available. For more information, contact the AAIA education department at 301-654-6664.
Nominations are being accepted for AAIA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Individuals interested in being considered for nomination or nominating others are encouraged to do so by Nov. 15. Nominees for the three-year Board terms (beginning July 1) of office must have served on an AAIA committee or segment committee for a minimum of one year and be employed by an AAIA member company in good standing. Candidates for the one-year Executive Committee terms (beginning July 1) of office must have served on the AAIA Board of Directors for a minimum of one year. If you are interested in submitting a name for consideration, please complete the appropriate form and e-mail it with an updated bio and photo to Meg Lewis. Go here for the Executive Committee form and go here for the Board of Directors form. All nominations must be received no later than Nov. 15 to be eligible for consideration. If you require additional information, contact Meg Lewis via e-mail or call 240-333-1020. The AAIA Nominating Committee will meet on Dec. 18 in Bethesda, Md., to review qualified nominations.
The AAIA government affairs team publishes a weekly blog post to provide thoughts on what is happening in Washington, D.C., and in the states that could affect the aftermarket. This week, Andres Castrillon, director, international trade, AAIA, details the process by which AAPEX exhibitors can file intellectual property claims at the show. AAPEX has a zero-tolerance policy toward intellectual property theft, but it is important to come prepared and be aware of all available mechanisms. View the complete post.
The average tenure of a millennial employee is barely more than half that of U.S. workers as a whole, meaning that employers must work harder when hiring and in retention, writes Spark Hire CEO Josh Tolan. Flexibility in work environment, hours and career path can help attract and retain talented people, he argues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/11)
The government shutdown provides a “powerful recruiting opportunity for hiring away top government workers,” John Sullivan writes. Technology workers in particular may be open to more stable employment, as many of them face uncertain funding for their projects and limited training budgets, he writes. ERE.net (10/11)
Top-notch salespeople tend to be forward-thinking individuals who don’t get hung up on past performance, writes Sean McPheat of MTD Sales Training. They are also committed to learning new things and choose to associate with other successful individuals. “People transmit their moods and attitudes all round, and if you associate with others, you are bound to be infected by what attitude they carry,” he writes. MTDSalesTraining.com (10/8)
“Nothing adds to a person’s leisure time like doing things when they are supposed to be done.”
– O.A. Battista, Canadian-American chemist and writer