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The BB&T Weekly Aftermarket Intelligence Update, industry update with Capital Report, Kathleen counting down to AAPEX, what your car’s trying to warn you about with these smells, lessons in leadership from Steve Jobs’s boss, better ways to break bad news, and how to stay productive throughout the day.
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.”
AAIA members: Learn more about news affecting the automotive aftermarket industry in this week’s Capital Report:
- This Week in Congress
- Federal Reserve Asks U. S. Court of Appeals to Overturn Debit Card Ruling
- TPP Negotiators Hold Talks on Automobiles
- House Passes Water Resources Bill to Open and Improve Ports
- ITC Initiates Investigation into Alleged Dumping by China of 134a
- EPA Finalizes Rules that New Vehicle Refrigerant is Not a VOC
- Eight States Sign Agreement to Boost Sales of Zero Emissions Vehicles by 2025
- International Trade Commission Seeks Comments on Windshield Wiper Complaint
- New Blog Post: AAPEX Seminars Offer Timely Regulatory Assistance to Attendees
- AAIA Members: Please Complete our Legislator Relationship Survey
- Aftermarket State Legislation
With AAPEX around the corner and excitement in the air across the industry, this week, Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO, discusses this most important time of year for AAPEX buyers, exhibitors and attendees in her latest blog post. Be sure to subscribe to stay On the Road with Kathleen.
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.
New AAIA government affairs blog post: AAPEX seminars offer timely regulatory assistance to attendees
The AAIA government affairs team publishes a weekly blog to provide thoughts on what is happening in Washington, D.C., and in the states that could affect the aftermarket. This week, Aaron Lowe, vice president, government affairs, highlights three regulatory-focused seminars taking place at AAPEX next week. Each seminar will address a specific regulatory issue relevant to our industry, from healthcare reform to “wallet flushing.” View the complete post.
Car Care Council News
Online registration is now open for the 2014 Car Care Council Women’s Board Winter Meeting, Feb. 4 and 5, at the Renaissance Charleston in Charleston, S.C. Register now. A complete agenda will be available soon. For more information on the Women’s Board, visit the Car Care Women’s Board website or e-mail Gina Lemon.
The Car Care Council has released an infographic that outlines six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle. The infographic is based off a recent press release titled “Six Vehicle Warning Signs Your Nose Can Recognize” and a nontechnical approach to understanding when something may be wrong with your car. Learn more.
As co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell was one of the few people to be Steve Jobs’ boss. Bushnell says a key aspect of his leadership has long been to tolerate abrasive personalities as long as the people in question have the skills and expertise to justify their arrogance. “Sometimes when you’ve got a technical problem and the smartest guy in the room happens to be obnoxious, you really want him on your team,” Bushnell explains. CNNMoney/Fortune (10/22)
Every boss occasionally has to fire someone or end a business relationship, and while it’s always tricky to do so, it’s possible to handle such endings with dignity and compassion, say members of the Young Entrepreneur Council. Be direct and clear, explain your reasons, and remember that you’re dealing with a human being. “Endings are natural parts of life. Ending with kindness is a choice,” says Corey Blake of Round Table Companies. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/23)
Busy people offer advice in this article for staying productive, including by using Evernote to sync notes across all technology devices and by spending 30 minutes in the late afternoon to plan for the next day. Try turning off your computer and leaving your phone out of reach when you need to avoid distractions, Christie Mims advises. TheDailyMuse.com (10/22)
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
– Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish writer