Wednesday, March 29


8:00 a.m.  –  2:00 p.m.

IPC Meeting

Sponsored by DSS


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

AASA Board Luncheon


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

AASA Board of Governors meeting


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Vision Experience / Welcome Reception

A unique networking experience and cocktail reception.


7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

AASA Board Dinner

Sponsored by Corcentric


Thursday, March 30


7:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



8:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

Loyola ROTC Color Guard & National Anthem


8:05 a.m.

Welcome  Things I know for sure…and other myths: Piecing the puzzle together

AASA President & COO Bill Long

The traditional assumptions and knowns regarding the aftermarket are or will be challenged –  but a new, more dynamic aftermarket is also being born.

This conference will help put the pieces together, not just on the much of the rhetoric on mobility or technology, but each aspect that drives our industry…and not just a long term strategic view, but we will touch on what we must do NOW or in the near term to be successful.

Reality #1:  President Trump…and Policies that Affect the Aftermarket

8:20 a.m.

Trump Effect: The Big Picture on Government Policy and What to Expect

Moderator: Paul McCarthy, Senior Vice President, MEMA/AASA

Panelists: Daron Gifford, Partner, Plante Moran Financial Advisors; David Hamill, Partner, Arent Fox LLP; Ann Wilson, Senior Vice President, MEMA

New policies for trade, taxes and borders – what and how will things change and what this means to suppliers and our industry.

Reality #2: Consumer Habits, Influences, and Service Decisions Have Changed…and are Changing

9:00 a.m.

  • Online: The Fastest Growing Channel
    Insights into online strategies by a leading e-tailer

  • The Power of the Ever – Connected Consumer
    Online forums, dongle – based vehicle information, social media and other mediums are enabling consumers to play a larger role in vehicle – servicing decisions, which will drive change in the industry and create new opportunities to succeed in the new channels.

Moderator: Josh Meyer, Director of Strategic Planning, Robert Bosch


9:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Reality #3:  Technology Will Change our Industry…but When?

10:15 a.m.

Insider’s View of Technologies that Will Change the Aftermarket

Moderator: Brian Daugherty, CTO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Panelists: Tim Corcoran, Director, Strategy and Vision, ZF Services; John Waraniak, Vice President of Vehicle Technology, SEMA

Technology insiders put the pieces together on technologies that will directly impact the aftermarket –  including cybersecurity, EVs and hybrids, mobility models, connected and ADAS –  and what this means for suppliers.


11:00 a.m.

Can You Fix My Car?


Jim Fish, Chief Innovation Officer, Robert Bosch

Donny Seyfer, Co-Owner of Seyfer Automotive Inc.; Immediate Past Chairman, Automotive Service Association (ASA)

Bob Stewart, General Director, Global Product, General Motors

ADAS, connected car, telematics and cybersecurity technologies are already affecting how vehicles are diagnosed and serviced. We will present the truth about who (and what) repair outlets can fix…and what it means to our industry. What can suppliers do to support the independent repair community?

11:45 a.m.

Lunch & Learn: Putting the Pieces Together

Michael Robinet, Managing Director, IHS Markit Automotive

Automakers’ Tomorrow Will Not be Like their Grandfathers’ Automaker

Automakers Tomorrow…Trends to Watch  

Sponsored by ZF Aftermarket

Things to Consider:  Possibilities that Could Change the Industry as We Know It
1:15 p.m. Chairman’s Perspective

Joe Pomaranski, Vice President & General Manager, Tenneco Aftermarket, Chairman AASA Board of Governors

1:20 p.m.

  • Made in America!
    Drew Conkling, MiX Chairman, Gates Corp.

    Will “Make America Great Again” inspire a movement to favor ‘made in America” products?

  • New “Outsiders” shaping our industry’s future. What does this mean?
    What are the real motivations for Google, Apple, Faraday, Mobileye, Here, Samsung and other technology companies?


  • Motorists want their car fixed same-day. Really?
    Ryan Devine, MiX Member, Dana Corp.

    Are consumers fixed on same-day service, or are they willing to forgo some convenience for lower costs? A MIX survey of millennials reveals interesting insights to the philosophies of the next large buying block.

Reality #4: The Economy…and how investors view our future

2:10 p.m.

Economic Outlook

Jim Baird, Chief Investment Officer, Plante Moran Financial Advisors

An insightful look at the economy under President Trump


2:40 p.m.

Investor’s View of our Future?

Bret Jordan, Managing Director & Treavor Hill, Assistant Vice President, Jefferies LLC  

How does the investment community view our industry’s future in the wake of of these new realities?


3:15 p.m.

The Completed Puzzle

Bill Long, President & COO, AASA; Paul McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Insights, MEMA

The picture on the changing industry and opportunities for suppliers is now clear, but what it looks like depends on the lens through which you are peering.


3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

AASA Member-Only Session & Puzzle Piece #5: Focus on the Customer

4:00 p.m.

Customer Town Hall

Bill Long

AASA members hear from one of the largest and most influential aftermarket channel partners


4: 45 p.m.

Bill Long, President & COO, AASA; Paul McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Insights, MEMA

  • Talk From the Top: Key Learnings and Paradigm Shifts
    A unique deliverable on channel partners is provided exclusively to AASA members attending Vision.

  • Conclusion: Bright Future (if you act) and Here’s Why
    Understanding emerging mobility technologies and the new Trump – influenced environment is critical, but do not forget the blocking and tackling (optimizing fill rates, servicing your brands, etc.) that are essentials for success in the dynamic and exciting aftermarket.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Closing Networking Reception

Sponsored by Pricedex Software

Friday, March 31
AASA Vision Conference: Connected Councils


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

FMC Board Meeting


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Connected Council Continental Breakfast


8:00 a.m. –  3:30 p.m.

AASA Technology Council Spring Meeting

Premier Sponsor: Pricedex Software


8:30 a.m.  –  3:30 p.m.

Marketing Executives Council Spring Meeting


8:30 a.m.  –  3:30 p.m.

Filter Manufacturers Council Spring Conference


12:00 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Putting the Pieces Together