RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Top aftermarket leaders will discuss the state of the aftermarket at the first-ever Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Executive Breakfast, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, just prior to the start of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX). The event, organized by AASA, the aftermarket segment association of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is nearly sold out.
AASA was created in 2002 by MEMA as one of several aftermarket market segment association to serve manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment and related products.
The breakfast will include presentations from several industry leaders including:Terry McCormack, president and CEO, Affinia Group Inc.; Richard “Dick” Morgan, president and CEO; Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.; Harry Yanowitz, CFO, Pep Boys and Peter Zaglio, CFA, senior vice president of Gabelli/Gamco Investors Co.
The industry leaders will discuss trends, opportunities and challenges from the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and service points of view and discuss how their companies are adapting to those dynamics. Zaglio will provide an overall industry view from the investment community and review the key factors affecting the health of the aftermarket as the industry heads into a new year.
MEMA Chairman Michael Cardone Jr., chairman and CEO of CARDONE Industries, will also present the Triangle Award, MEMA’s most prestigious award, to O. Temple Sloan Jr., chairman and CEO of General Parts Inc., Raleigh, NC.
The breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 8:30 a.m., allowing manufacturers plenty of time to get to their exhibits. The event will take place at the Venetian, in Palazzo D-E, and will include a sit-down breakfast.
“The annual AAPEX event has always lacked a formal kick-off event, but AASA will change that this year,” said AASA President Paul Foley. “The AASA Executive Breakfast is a first-time event that we hope will become the official kick-off to the world’s largest annual aftermarket trade event. We hope the industry embraces this event and helps give AAPEX the kick-off it deserves.”
Individual tickets are $50 and tables of 10 can be reserved for $500. Space is limited so RSVP today by calling JoAnn Roberto at 919-549-4800, ext. 880 or by e-mailing her at [email protected]. The event is sponsored by Ernst & Young.