Mark Finestone, executive vice president of merchandising for AutoZone, is the featured speaker for the “Customer Spotlight” at the upcoming 2019 AASA Vision Conference on Wednesday, April 3, at The Henry, Dearborn, Mich.
“Our Vision Conference ‘Customer Spotlight’ is one of the most popular segments of our annual event, and Mark’s insights will be particularly valuable to our supplier members at this time of transformation in the aftermarket industry,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief executive officer. “We’re looking forward to his viewpoint about the current state of the aftermarket and his comments about AutoZone’s strategies in the face of our industry’s challenges and opportunities.”
Finestone joined AutoZone in 2002 and has held his current position since 2015. He is an active supporter of aftermarket industry efforts and currently serves as chairman of the Auto Care Association. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. degree in applied mathematics and business.
Finestone’s commentary in the AASA Vision Conference “Customer Spotlight” is part of the segment, “New Roads: Building New Channels for Collaboration,” exclusively for AASA supplier members. The member-only segment, slated for the closing of the Conference, also will include “The Evolving Channel Model,” featuring a leader in automotive e-tailing.
The 2019 event opens on Tuesday, April 2, with an industry networking reception at The Henry Ford Museum. The Conference convenes the morning of April 3 with industrywide sessions examining critical aftermarket business issues, such as:
- Freedom of Choice and Access to Data
- The Great Tariff Debate
- How the Aftermarket Will Unfold in 2019-2020
- The “New Retail” Future of the Aftermarket (And How to Win)
- Repairing High-Tech Vehicles
- The Future Road to Success
In addition, the winner of the first-ever AASA Channel Excellence Award presented by Epicor will be announced at the Vision Conference. Details about the award are here; the deadline to enter is Tuesday, Jan. 15.
AASA Vision Conference supporters to date include premier sponsor Epicor and AutoNetTV Media, Corcentric, Experian, Gold Eagle, MontAd, Plante Moran, OptiCat, Surys and Tasco Sales Reps. For more information about promotional opportunities at the event, contact Ben Brucato.
More information about the AASA Vision Conference agenda, registration and hotel reservations is available here or at the "Quick Links" below. Members who experience any difficulty with registration should contact Nikki Rankin.