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First-ever BMC and FMSI ‘Brake Weekend’ to Feature Industry Insights from John Washbish and Brent Windom
April 25, 2018
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The first-ever “Brake Weekend – The Gathering of Brake Experts,” presented by the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC), a product council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and the Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI), will celebrate the automotive brake industry. True legends within the brake business will gather to be honored and to... READ MORE
AASA’s Work Group Envision Marketplace-Based Solution to Ensure Vehicle Data Access
March 22, 2018
Leaders Charley Johnson and Tim Corcoran discuss the challenges in accessing vehicle data and the Vehicle Data Work Group’s vision of a neutral marketplace solution at the 2018 AASA Vision Conference CHICAGO – Access to vehicle data is critical to the automotive aftermarket’s ability to diagnose and service advanced technology vehicles. Leaders of the Vehicle Data Work Group of the Automotive... READ MORE
MEMA Leads Call for Greater Freedom for Consumer Choice in Auto Repair
March 15, 2018
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and two of its divisions, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing, have again requested exemptions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would protect consumer choice in both automotive replacement components and service. The exemption MEMA, AASA and... READ MORE
Marc Blackman of Gold Eagle Is New Chairman of AASA Board of Governors; Jens Schueler of Schaeffler Is First Vice Chairman
March 1, 2018
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Marc Blackman, chief executive officer of Gold Eagle Co., and Jens Schueler, president, Schaeffler Group USA Inc. will serve as the 2018 chairman and first vice chairman respectively of the Board of Governors of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA... READ MORE
Marylou Hornung of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Joins the AASA Technology Council Board
February 22, 2018
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Marylou Hornung, director of sales operations, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, is the newest member of the Board of Governors for the Technology Council (ATC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). “The ATC Board of Governors and the ATC membership are fortunate to have Marylou join the board,” said Chris Gardner, AASA vice president... READ MORE
Advance Auto Parts President and CEO Tom Greco to Present Keynote Address at 2018 AASA Vision Conference on March 22
February 14, 2018
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Tom Greco, president and chief executive officer of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Vision Conference, presented by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), on March 22, at the Loews Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, Ill.  Advance is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both... READ MORE
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Sends the Trump Administration Recommendations on How to Improve but Save NAFTA
January 24, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its on-going effort to communicate the motor vehicle parts supplier industry’s position on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has sent a letter to the Trump administration outlining ways that NAFTA could be successfully improved while preserving the agreement. “MEMA urges the administration... READ MORE
AASA Announces Promotion of Ben Brucato to Senior Director, Membership and Sponsorship
January 4, 2018
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) announces the promotion of Ben Brucato to senior director, membership and sponsorship, effective Jan. 1, 2018. “Ben is and has been an asset to the AASA and our members since he joined us in 2014,” said Bill Long, AASA president and COO. “His experience at automotive aftermarket supplier companies gives an... READ MORE
Q3 2017 AASA Supplier Barometer Survey Shows Suppliers Expect Significant Electric Vehicle Impact
November 17, 2017
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Many AASA supplier members believe that the electrification of vehicles will impact their businesses within the next 10 years – and, of those expecting an impact, the majority expect that impact to be negative, according to the results of the Q3 2017 Supplier Barometer survey conducted by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). Each quarter, AASA... READ MORE
MEMA’s Ann Wilson Recognized with 2017 Northwood University Education Management Award
November 3, 2017
​LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Ann Wilson senior vice president of government affairs of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), was honored with an Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award, presented here on Oct. 31 during AAPEX. The Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award is given annually to industry leaders throughout the country who have... READ MORE
Registration Now Open for 2018 AASA Vision Conference: ‘Exceeding Expectations, Driving Growth’
November 3, 2017
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The dates are set and registration is now open for the 2018 Vision Conference, presented by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – online registration is at www.aasavision.org.    The one-day Vision Conference will take place on Thursday, March 22 with a kick-off reception the evening before and concurrent council meetings. The entire event... READ MORE
Overseas Automotive Council Announces 2018 Global Summit
November 2, 2017
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), the international export council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), announces its first annual Global Summit on Thursday and Friday, January 25-26, 2018, in Miami, Fla. The OAC Global Summit is a forum for suppliers and channel partners to explore international opportunities and collaborate to... READ MORE
Record Setting Attendance, Celebrity ‘Sightings’ at OAC Global Reception During AAPEX
November 1, 2017
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The annual Global Reception, presented by the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) on Oct. 31, drew record attendance at its 2017 AAPEX event in Madame Tussauds at The Venetian. Attendees enjoyed international networking and “appearances” by notable celebrities, athletes and legends at the event’s exciting venue.... READ MORE
Kevin Pentecost of Standard Motor Products Joins the AASA Technology Council Board
October 12, 2017
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Kevin Pentecost, information security manager for Standard Motor Products, is the newest member of the Board of Governors for the Technology Council (ATC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). “Kevin has been an active ATC supporter for several years. With his addition to the ATC Board, we are well positioned to enhance member value and... READ MORE
Norman “Norm” Young Appointed Chairman of the AASA Overseas Automotive Council
October 12, 2017
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Norman “Norm” Young, president and CEO of WELD Racing LLC, has been appointed chairman of the board of governors for the Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). “Norm has been a valuable member of the OAC Board and an active Council supporter,” said Bill Long, AASA president and COO. “We look forward to his... READ MORE
AASA Opens Annual Technology Conference with Announcement of Donation to Support the Industry’s Victims of Recent Hurricanes
October 3, 2017
The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association challenged the record crowd of 200+ Aftermarket Professionals to support the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation’s effort to help industry partners and employees impacted by the 2017 hurricanes. CLEARWATER, Fla. – The 2017 Technology Conference, hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), opened here on... READ MORE
AASA’s Bill Long: Collaboration, Vision and Planning Vital to Success in the New Aftermarket Reality
September 14, 2017
AASA President and COO Bill Long addressed the new aftermarket realities, mega trends and where the industry goes from here at the annual MAPA Industry Day on Sept. 13 in Flint, Mich. RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – In the face of advanced technologies and increasingly complex vehicles, the automotive aftermarket needs new strategies for continued growth, AASA President and COO Bill Long told... READ MORE
Top CV Distributors to Discuss Digital Data at AASA Technology Conference
September 12, 2017
Great Dane, Drive Train, Southeastern Freight Lines and VIPAR will address “Digital Data and Selling More Parts” as part of the popular Heavy Duty Technology Track at the 2017 AASA Technology Conference RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Leading commercial vehicle aftermarket distributors will discuss “Digital Data and Selling More Parts” as part of the Heavy Duty Technology Track at the 2017... READ MORE
Second MEMA Policy Breakfast Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd to Discuss Best Approach to NAFTA Renegotiation
August 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) hosted a policy panel discussion, “NAFTA and the Automotive Industry: What Will Keep America Competitive?,” on Aug. 9 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Bruce Hirsh of Tailwind Global Strategies, former U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC and former chief international... READ MORE