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FAIA Inducts Its Youngest President, Addresses Vehicle Right to Repair Issue at Annual Conference

The Florida Automotive Industry Association (FAIA) has inducted Eileen Sottile, director of government relations at Keystone Automotive, as president of the association for a term of one year. At age 37, Sottile is the youngest person ever to receive this title, and only the second woman to head the association in its 50 year history. Sottile was inducted at FAIA's Golden Anniversary Celebration and Conference held in Orlando, Fla., in July.

ORLANDO, FL — The Florida Automotive Industry Association (FAIA) has inducted Eileen Sottile, director of government relations at Keystone Automotive, as president of the association for a term of one year. At age 37, Sottile is the youngest person ever to receive this title, and only the second woman to head the association in its 50 year history.

Sottile was inducted at FAIA’s Golden Anniversary Celebration and Conference held in Orlando, Fla., in July.

“I look forward to leading the Florida aftermarket in its quest to thrive and grow, especially in its fight against the carmakers for the Right to Repair,” said Sottlie. “Protecting the ability of the aftermarket to compete in the states has and always will be one of my main objectives. Therefore, I fully intend to breakdown any current and would-be monopolies that aim to endanger this effort.”

At the conference, FAIA educated its members on the Motor Vehicle Owner’s Right to Repair Act. Sandy Bass-Cors, executive director for the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), called for FAIA members to lobby hard for the Right to Repair Act. CARE leads a coalition of pro-consumer and automotive groups who are lobbying for the bill in Congress.

Just prior to the opening of the convention, the FAIA board of directors met with Tom Gallagher, CFO for the State of Florida, to discuss the concerns of the aftermarket.

For more information about FAIA, go to: www.faia.org.

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