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APA Holds its Annual National Conference

The Lenexa, Kan.-based Automotive Parts Associates (APA) held its Shareholders/Manufacturers Annual Conference in New Orleans last weekend. APA President Dan Freeman addressed the APA membership at last weekend's national convention in New Orleans.

by Michael Freeze
Managing Editor, Counterman


APA President Dan Freeman addresses the APA membership at last weekend’s national convention in New Orleans.

The Lenexa, Kan.-based Automotive Parts Associates (APA) held its Shareholders/Manufacturers Annual Conference in New Orleans last weekend.

During the conference (March 10-12), which was held at the historic Hotel Monteleone, the shareholders were recognized and appreciated for continuing to strengthen the program group. After a Thursday morning of recreational golf at TPC of Louisiana, the group members, as well as the manufacturers in attendance, were treated to a welcome reception dinner.

A day later, the first full day of APA business was underway with a shareholders-only meeting. During the Friday session, the program group announced its 2005 board of directors candidates.

The board announcement was followed by a key note speech from Donald Cooper, MBA, from the Donald Cooper Corp., titled “The 90-minute MBA…10 things you absolutely must know about your customers…and your life!”

Later that afternoon, shareholders met for one-on-one meetings with attending manufacturers. When the business was done for the day, conference members and guests were treated with a parade through the French Quarter to the world famous Pat O’Briens restaurant for a private engagement.

Saturday began with a general session between manufacturers and shareholders followed by the first of two “Breakout” sessions. Counterman publisher Jon Owens and Vice President of Marketing for Motormite/Dorman Bill Hanvey led a presentation titled “Analysis of the OE Dealer,” which discussed the state of the aftermarket industry as well as the threat, strengths and weaknesses of the OE dealer.

After the shareholders/manufacturers luncheon, the second session featured Gary Garberg, coordinator of S.I.P.S (Survival of Import Parts Specialists) from Las Vegas, Jos

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