The Great Tariff Debate: Hear Different Perspectives at Upcoming Vision Conference

Date: March 14, 2019

Your view of tariffs often depends on where you sit – but regardless where you sit, your engagement can make a difference. “The Great Tariff Debate” discussion at the 2019 AASA Vision Conference on Wednesday, April 3, at The Henry, Dearborn, Mich., will show you how to get involved.

Ann Wilson, senior vice president, government affairs, MEMA, will kick off the presentation with an update on the tariffs aimed at the aftermarket. She then will moderate an exchange of unique perspectives on these critical political/business issues, with insights from suppliers on different sides of the debate. Debaters are Jay Burkhart, president, North American Aftermarket, TRICO Group and Frank Olivetto, vice president sales and marketing, Americas, Util Group.

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 at The Henry with industrywide sessions examining critical aftermarket business issues, such as:

  • The Road to Achieving Freedom of Choice for the Aftermarket
  • How the Aftermarket Will Unfold in 2019-2020
  • Repairing High-Tech Vehicles
  • Three Competing Views of How the Aftermarket Will Unfold in 2019-2020

The Conference will close with an AASA member-only segment, which will feature Mark Finestone, executive vice president of merchandising for AutoZone, as the “Customer Spotlight” speaker, and also includes a presentation by Adam Goetsch director of automotive for Amazon.

AASA Vision Conference supporters to date include premier sponsor Epicor Software Corp. and APA Search, AutoNetTV Media, Corcentric, Experian, Gold Eagle, IHS Markit, Interact One, MontAd Media, N.A. Williams, OptiCat, Paramount Data Management GmbH, Plante Moran, Snap36, Surys, Syndigo 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.


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