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Affinia’s David Overbeeke Joins AASA Executive Breakfast Panel

Panel discussion falls under event theme of “Under the Hood: How Private Equity Is Changing the Automotive Aftermarket.”

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – David Overbeeke, president, global brake and chassis, Affinia Group Inc., will bring the perspective of an automotive aftermarket company owned by private equity to a panel discussion that will take place during the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Executive Breakfast at AAPEX. The AASA Executive Breakfast is scheduled to take place from 7-8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Ballrooms G-I of The Venetian in Las Vegas.
“David’s experience at Affinia, which has operated with private equity investment for many years, adds a diversity of viewpoints to our panel,” said Steve Handschuh, president and COO of AASA. “Our breakfast, ‘‘Under the Hood: How Private Equity Is Changing the Automotive Aftermarket’ now includes the full spectrum of PE in the aftermarket – from PE investors to executives experienced in working with PE. Our Breakfast theme this year was selected due to the interest private equity has shown in the automotive aftermarket – and because private equity’s interest is growing with PE investment in more than 100 aftermarket firms, according to BB&T. That’s certainly understandable, considering the aftermarket was a stellar performer during the economic downturn compared to other industries – both automotive and other retail/consumer sectors.
“The AASA Executive Breakfast will open a dialogue between the leaders of the automotive aftermarket and top private equity firms active in the aftermarket,” Handschuh added. “The discussion by our panelists and the breakfast attendees can benefit aftermarket companies whether private equity investment is in their future or not.”
The AASA Executive Breakfast will feature moderator Tony Cristello of BB&T Capital Markets Equity Research, in a panel discussion with representatives of top private equity firms. Other panelists will include:
  • Mark Barnhill of Platinum Equity, owner of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. and Wheel Pros
  • Terry Theodore of Wynnchurch, owner of VistaPro Automotive
  • John Tudor of Friedman Fleischer and Lowe, owner of Transtar Industries
The AASA Executive Breakfast during AAPEX audience will include executives from top North American automotive aftermarket suppliers and management teams from the leading aftermarket resellers and distributors. Attendees can earn 0.1 CEUs through the University of the Aftermarket.
Ernst & Young is the exclusive sponsor of the AASA Executive Breakfast during AAPEX. SPX is the official sponsor of the coffee station where breakfast attendees can fill up a “to go” cup before going to the show floor.
Tables of 10 can be reserved for $750; individual tickets are $85. Tables and tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.