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Record Setting Attendance, Celebrity ‘Sightings’ at OAC Global Reception During AAPEX

Date: 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. Reception participants took photographs with lifelike figures of top celebrities during the evening of global aftermarket comradery.

“OAC is dedicated throughout the year to facilitating networking with top-level international and domestic business people active in the export market, and we are pleased to add the additional ‘star power’ at this year’s AAPEX event,” said Ben Brucato, AASA director of membership and executive director of the OAC. “The 2017 OAC Global Reception is just one example of our activities, and it certainly lived up to our tradition as one of the best global networking events during AAPEX,” he added. 

The 2017 OAC Global Reception was supported by these sponsors:

Federal-Mogul Motorparts and WELD MOMO Group

Baccus Global, Elgin World Trade, Fram Group, MANN+HUMMEL Filtration International Sales, OEC Group, Standard Motor Products and Temel Gaskets

American Hammered, Champion Laboratories, Cloyes Gears & Products Inc., EMG International, Gates Corp. and JDS Worldwide

About OAC

The Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) is the international aftermarket council of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), which is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. The Council promotes the sale in foreign markets of automotive and heavy duty products manufactured in North America. Those products include components, accessories, chemicals, hand and power tools, service maintenance and repair equipment, and paint and body supplies for both cars and trucks. OAC has more than 350 members in more than 40 countries. More information is available through its Web site,

About AASA

AASA ( exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports 871,000 American jobs. AASA is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry”

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