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Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, will be the keynote presenter at the AAIA Town Hall breakfast during AAPEX in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, the Town Hall, sponsored by Polk, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 a.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom in The Venetian Hotel. “Everyone is eager to hear Gary’s take on the synergies between the consumer electronics industry and the auto care industry, as well as his ‘killer strategies’ for successful businesses,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. Tickets for the 2013 AAIA Town Hall include a full buffet breakfast. To register, visit the AAIA website and select “Town Hall.” Individual tickets are $100 for AAIA members and $115 for non-members, and a table of 10 is $850 for AAIA members and $1,000 for non-members.
AAIA and BB&T Capital Markets have teamed up to provide a unique report available through AAIA. This report, AAIA/BB&T Weekly Automotive Aftermarket Intelligence Update, is published every week in AAIA SmartBrief and provides a comprehensive and timely report including trends about the aftermarket and the relative performance of companies serving the industry, including manufacturers/suppliers, distributors, retailers, service and repair, and collision. The recently upgraded report format provides more visual graphics on such topics as current 12-month automotive aftermarket stock performance, recent quarter sales growth, miles driven and price per gallon of gasoline and commentary regarding “What We are Hearing from the Road.”
Advance Auto Parts announced that it is purchasing General Parts International in a cash deal worth $2.04 billion. “This transformational transaction provides a compelling strategic opportunity for Advance to expand our geographic presence and commercial capabilities to better serve customers,” said Advance CEO Darren Jackson.
Last week, AAIA welcomed international visitors in the aftermarket (auto care) industry for meetings on issues of mutual interest across the global industry. Find out who was there and what was discussed in the latest blog posting from Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO, and be sure to subscribe to stay On the Road with Kathleen.
AAIA is pleased to present digital volume 84 of its award-winning magazine Aftermarket Insider. This issue features all things AAPEX, providing a preview of this year’s event, Nov. 5 to 7, in Las Vegas, and the full schedule of the AAPEX Learning Forum, which features a record number of sessions this year. This issue’s Toolbox walks you through all the tools available to maximize your AAPEX experience. Read the full issue online.
Nominations are being accepted for AAIA standing committees for a three-year term commencing January 2014. These committees primarily meet two times a year in conjunction with AAIA Leadership Days in the spring and fall, throughout the U.S., to provide direction and develop plans for the association. Some committees may meet an additional time and/or schedule various conference calls/webinars. There is a limited number of openings for each committee. Criteria, goals and missions for each committee are listed online. If your job responsibility coincides with any of the committees mentioned and you are interested in becoming more involved in AAIA, please complete a nomination form, and include your relevant experience and qualifications. E-mail the form, along with an updated bio. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 15.
Come in and enjoy a cup of coffee or check your email at the AAIA Member Center at AAPEX, located on the first floor of the Sands Expo Center, Rooms 201 to 203 in Las Vegas. Hours of operation are Monday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are now being accepted for the AAIA Member Center’s private meeting rooms. To reserve your meeting space, fill out the online form on AAIA’s website or contact Courtney Carbone.
The workforce in 2020 will be more global, collaborative and technology-driven, and employers will need to adjust the way they recruit by tapping into resources such as RemarkableHire or SwoopTalent, writes Michael George of Appirio. RemarkableHire, for example, can analyse a job seeker’s contributions to online communities in order “to validate proficiency of a particular set,” George writes. Wired.com (10/10)
Your sales training may not generate the results you want unless you coach your representatives in a way that reinforces key lessons, writes Nick Stein. The best managers provide coaching on a regular schedule, focus on accountability and show their reps that their work is valued. MTDSalesTraining.com (10/15)
New employees spend their first day wondering why they were hired, whether they will like the company, who they might become friends with and who they can go to with questions, Eric Chester writes. Helping them figure these things out will go a long way in creating a good first impression, he writes. Reviving Work Ethic (10/3)
“The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.”
– Benjamin Jowett, British theologian