Dynamic 2014 APA Conference Recaps Successes, Builds For The Future; Group Bids Fond Farewell To Outgoing President Dan Freeman
Automotive Parts Associates’ (APA) 33rd Annual Shareholders’ & Manufacturers’ Conference, held March 20-22 in Houston, Texas, kicked off in typical upbeat fashion with 307 attendees taking part in networking and information sessions galore, despite undertones of sadness in bidding farewell to the group’s longstanding and beloved president, Dan Freeman.
Dan Freeman, who’s been at the helm of Automotive Parts Associates (APA) for 25 years, looks back on his storied and successful career, and looks forward to giving back to the industry in his well-deserved retirement that begins this month.
Successful 2013 APA Conference Delivers Networking Opportunities and Business-Building Tools, Awards Vendors
Automotive Parts Associates’ (APA) 32nd annual Shareholders’ & Manufacturers’ Conference, held March 14-16 in St. Augustine, Fla., boasted 310 people in attendance, building on the momentum of last year’s successful event.
More than 1,000 attendees experienced a lively dialogue on the presidential election from political pundits, combined with trends facing the aftermarket from Polk, and exclusive data from Google about the aftermarket shopper and the impact of consumers keeping their vehicles longer.
With 311 people in attendance, APA shareholder member networking, and interaction between those members and APA manufacturers, was in full force throughout the conference, demonstrating the power of the APA group in achieving great things for their respective businesses.
Successful event extends commitment to help customers succeed.
AAIA Town Hall hits on aftermarket’s ability to embrace change and capitalize on opportunities.
The event, which took place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt resort, provided plenty of time for networking opportunities between APA shareholders and vendors, several chances for those buyers and sellers to forge business relationships or strengthen existing ones, and discuss new products and programs, and the opportunity for industry friends and acquaintances to relax, have fun and celebrate all of the past year’s successes.
The resounding message echoed among panel members was that the economic reset that resulted from the recent recession has prompted an industry reset that will position the aftermarket for growth, but they cautioned that we should not forget the lessons we learned the past year.
The event, which took place at the JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Resort, gave APA management the opportunity to recap a year’s worth of successes and accomplishments, and outline goals and objectives for 2010 and beyond.
A distinguished panel representing manufacturing, distribution, retail and the service and repair sectors discussed how their respective segments of the channel were impacted by the economic recession, and shared their thoughts and projections for the year ahead.
Successful event supported customers through specialized training.