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‘Both Sides Now’: Mark Thorpe of Nissan to Share His Experiences in Aftermarket and OES Channel at Upcoming AASA Special Summit

Date: May 2, 2019
Mark Thorpe, director, aftersales – business planning and development, Nissan, will describe his experiences as an executive in the independent aftermarket and the OES channel in his unique presentation, “I’ve Seen Life from Both Sides Now,” at the 2019 AASA OES Special Summit. The event is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 14 at The Henry Ford Conference Center, Dearborn, Mich.
The OES Channel is positioned to grow in magnitude and reach, and many AASA members are preparing to take advantage of this growth. Thorpe’s presentation and the other discussions at the Special Summit will advance members’ business interests by identifying specific strategies for new business opportunities through OE dealer parts and services business, OEM-branded parts for the independent aftermarket (IAM) and dealer networks, collision and dealer sales to the IAM.
AASA OES Special Summit attendees will include AASA members, non-member suppliers, OE dealers, OEMs and solution/data providers to this channel. Confirmed speakers and presentations to date include:
  • David Williams, director, original equipment service group, DENSO Products and Services Americas, and chairman of the AASA OES Steering Committee, facilitating a panel discussion exploring the nuances and uniqueness of supplying the OE dealer channel
  • Mario Clementoni of NADA, discussing the current OE dealer business model trends
  • Dave Versical, chief of editorial operations, “Automotive News,” facilitating a discussion among OE dealer fixed ops managers about parts and services strategies
  • Dave Mestdagh, general director of global product development, General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales, addressing “OEM: Aftersales Product and Brand Strategies”
The AASA OES Special Summit will conclude with a roundtable discussion among attendees of the trends, challenges and objectives that will provide the basis for launch of a new AASA group: OES Council.
More information, including registration and hotel accommodation links, is available here.
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