Around the Industry: AAPEX Debuts New Service Professionals Program at 2014 Event
In response to the increase in the number of service and repair professionals and independent shop and store owners participating in the annual Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), the co-owner associations recently announced a new Service Professionals Program for the 2014 event, slated for Tuesday, November 4, through Thursday, November 6, in Las Vegas.
“Service professionals attend AAPEX each year for the opportunity to see the newest products and latest technology, gain valuable industry knowledge and management tips, and network with industry leaders,” said Bill Long, president and chief operating officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). “We’ve joined with our partner association, the Auto Care Association, to provide additional value to this important AAPEX constituency.”
“AAPEX has evolved far beyond a traditional trade show to a premier industry event, known for its quality educational opportunities for repair and store owners and managers, jobbers and professional technicians,” said Kathleen Schmatz, Auto Care Association president and CEO.
“As auto care industry professionals find the demands on their time to attend trade shows, conferences and events on the rise, the AAPEX business model is gaining traction for busy businesspeople at all levels,” Schmatz said. “Recent focus groups of service and repair professionals resulted in requests for more education and training, which we are delivering.”
AAPEX 2014 will feature a customized program specifically designed for service professionals. The 2014 AAPEX Service Professional Program will include:
• Expanded AAPEXedu education track sessions including:
• Branding, mobile apps, and relationship and digital marketing
• Management training to increase repair shop profits
• Best practices for mobile diagnostics in the shop and diagnostics for connected cars
• Facilitated roundtable discussions:
• Dialogues on common challenges and best practices
• Networking and peer problem solving
In addition, in-booth technical demonstrations on the AAPEX tradeshow floor will focus on new products, diagnostics and new vehicle technologies. Shop owners and managers also will have the opportunity to attend unique events hosted by leading aftermarket companies and network with the industry’s leaders during AAPEX.
AAPEX will partner again with the AVI Training Conference, set for Monday and Tuesday, November 3-4, during the event. The 2014 AVI Conference will feature more than 20 high-end technical classes and management classes, all designed to give attendees a competitive edge.
To register for AAPEX, visit: www.aapexshow.com/register