The Future of MEMA with Bill Long

The Future of MEMA with Bill Long

Bill Long, MEMA president and CEO, outlines a forward-looking strategy focusing on advocacy, sustainability and competitiveness in the evolving automotive landscape, as the association celebrates its 120th anniversary milestone and legacy.

As MEMA commemorates its 120th anniversary, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s profound impact on the automotive aftermarket.

Founded on March 2, 1904, MEMA has evolved from a modest gathering of parts manufacturers in Cleveland to a pivotal force in the global automotive landscape.

Over the decades, MEMA has been at the forefront of several key initiatives, including: the introduction of credit reporting services in 1914 to ensure financial stability within the industry; the co-sponsorship of the inaugural automotive service industry show in 1933, paving the way for what would become the AAPEX events; the establishment of divisions and market segments within MEMA to cater to the diverse needs of its members, from heavy-duty manufacturers to the aftermarket suppliers; and the advocacy for critical legislative measures, including the National Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the USMCA in 2019 and today’s battle for the Right to Repair.

From advocating for fair trade policies to fostering young talent through leadership councils, MEMA’s efforts have consistently aimed at advancing the business interests of its members and the industry at large.

In this episode of AMN Drivetime, sponsored by AISIN, Bill Long, president and chief executive officer, discusses MEMA’s recent reorganization to better serve its members amidst industry transformations, reflected on his 11 years at MEMA and highlighted efforts in advocacy, sustainability, U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and global trade expansion.

Episode Overview

  • Introduction to MEMA’s 120th anniversary, the founding of MEMA in 1904, and its original directors and members. (00:56)
  • Expansion of MEMA’s membership and the evolution of its purpose, highlighting key historical moments and contributions to the automotive industry. (02:56)
  • Significant milestones in MEMA’s history, including the introduction of credit reporting services, co-sponsoring the automotive service industry show, opening the DC office, and the formation of various market segments within MEMA. (04:53)
  • Reflections on personal experiences and meaningful moments within MEMA over the past 11 years. (08:05)
  • Discussion on the organizational changes in MEMA, aimed at better positioning the association for the future. (11:03)
  • Future plans and focus areas for MEMA, including strengthening the supplier voice in Washington DC, addressing manufacturing competitiveness, and expanding global trade. (14:21)
  • The “Lightning Round” of quick questions. (19:00)

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