AAPEX 2017 Starting Today! Visit Our Booth!

At last the day of the show is here! There’s amazing things to see and believe us when we tell you that it’ll be hard to decide what to do once you get here because there are many, many things to see. One of the highlights of course: out booth. Come down to booth #6042 and learn what we’re all about!

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) is a not-for-profit trade association based in Bethesda, MD. AAIA’s 23,000 members and affiliate companies manufacture, distribute, sell and install motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials, supplies, and services. Representing suppliers, distributors, retailers, service providers, program groups, manufacturers’ representatives, educators, and publishers, AAIA is the largest and most comprehensive trade association for the automotive aftermarket. The organization was established in July 1999 upon the consolidation of the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association (APAA) and the Automotive Service Industry Association (ASIA). Kathleen Schmatz leads AAIA as president and CEO.

Moreover the AAPEX 2017 Service Professionals Program will feature an all-new Service Professionals Summit, “Emerging Technology: How Will the Aftermarket Prepare?” The Town Hall style program will include an industry panel made up of an automotive repair shop owner, an automotive technician and an industry trainer who will share their perspectives on the impact new technologies will have on the aftermarket.

AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and is held annually at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. More than 15,000 automotive repair shop owners and technicians will be attending AAPEX 2017, and approximately 158,000 automotive professionals from 140 countries will be in Las Vegas during the event.

The Summit panel will include: Ryan Clo, multi-shop owner, Dubwerx, Cincinnati, Ohio; Matt Fanslow, technician, Riverside Automotive, Red Wing, Minn.; and Dave Hobbs, lead technical trainer and program developer, Delphi. Carm Capriotto, Remarkable Results Radio Podcast, will moderate the discussion on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Venetian, with a reception for service professionals immediately following the event.

For the first time, the Service Professionals Program also will include the Technology and Telematics Forum V5.0. The Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) – sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) – and the Auto Alliance will present the forum from 9 a.m. to noon, on Nov. 2.

In addition, AVI and ASA will offer their management and advanced diagnostic training during AAPEX. Sessions will include: Leveraging Technology to Streamline Diagnosis and Repair (offered twice); Future Power: Battery & Stop/Start Technology (offered twice); Diagnosing Today and Tomorrow’s Turbos (offered twice); Motorists Want Their Car Fixed the Same Day – Reality or Myth?, and Heat Exchange Products and Services for Automotive and Truck Aftermarket Personnel.

The Service Professionals Program, sponsored by MAHLE, is part of the AAPEXedu and is included in the AAPEX online attendee registration fee of $40 (U.S.) through Friday, Oct. 13. To register, visit: www.aapexshow.com/news.

AAPEX is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public. Registration for approved and credentialed media is free and can be completed at www.aapexshow.com/media.

AAPEX 2017 is expected to feature 2,200 exhibiting companies and nearly 50 AAPEXedu sessions. It will take place Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Thursday, Nov. 2.

AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). For more information, visitwww.aapexshow.com or e-mail: info@aapexshow.com. On social media, follow AAPEX at #AAPEX17.

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