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Town Hall at AAPEX To Tackle Auto Repair Image

“Repairing the Auto Repair Image” will be the theme of this year’s Town Hall, which takes place on Nov. 3 during AAPEX in Las Vegas. NASCAR is the official sponsor of the popular breakfast event. Six individuals, representing a new car dealer, the world’s largest motorist membership organization, an independent shop owner, a retailer and manufacturers will comprise the panel on stage at the Town Hall breakfast event, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

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BETHESDA, MD — “Repairing the Auto Repair Image” will be the theme of this year’s Town Hall, which takes place on Nov. 3 during AAPEX in Las Vegas. NASCAR is the official sponsor of the popular breakfast event.

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Six individuals, representing a new car dealer, the world’s largest motorist membership organization, an independent shop owner, a retailer and manufacturers will comprise the panel on stage at the Town Hall breakfast event, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA’s president and CEO, will moderate the 2004 Town Hall. Panelists include: Susan Deegan, president, Engine Lab of Tampa; Paul Devers, owner, Vin Devers Dodge, Sylvania, Ohio; Michael Klein, CEO, Murray’s Discount Auto Stores; Larry McCurdy, primary advisor, Cypress Group; John Nielsen, director, Approved Auto Repair Vehicle Acquisition & Consumer Information, American Automobile Association; and Dennis Welvaert, president, North American Aftermarket, Mark IV Automotive/Dayco Products, LLC.

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The Town Hall breakfast meeting will be held from 7 to 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 in the Venetian Ballroom, adjacent to the Sands Expo Center. Early registration is recommended as last year’s Town Hall sold out early, with more than 1,000 attendees.

“While last year’s Town Hall was rated by attendees as the best ever, we are very excited about this year’s topic and the impressive mix of panelists,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. “The image of the auto repair profession and business is an issue near and dear to everyone in the aftermarket industry. Our panelists represent and will provide prospective from the consumer, the new car dealer, the independent, the retailer and supplier.”

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The cost per person is $60. A table of 10 costs $500. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the Town Hall button at www.aftermarket.org, or by calling 301-654-6664.

AAPEX will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 5 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW). For more information, visit: www.aapexshow.com.

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