Supplier executives from throughout the automotive aftermarket collected in Chicago last week to study all about the most up-to-date issues hitting the industry these times.
On April 11, the working day just before the formal start of the MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Eyesight Convention, the Company Know-how Council (BTC) held its Spring Assembly though attendees also bought to stop by and encounter I-CAR’s analysis and schooling abilities for superior driving guidance techniques calibration and servicing EVs. They were being also in a position to just take part in its blended actuality. That evening, attendees bought to blend and mingle during the networking reception that also featured a on line casino evening.
The conference then kicked off on April 12 with an opening act of Blue Brothers impersonators — fitting as Chicago played host to the convention.
Then it was down to enterprise as Paul McCarthy, president and CEO of MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers, welcomed attendees to the leading celebration the group hosts.
The 3 Dragons section has been regularly seen as the most popular segment at the celebration the place a authorities, Wall Street and aftermarket observer give their differing views on aftermarket incredibly hot subject areas. Liz Clark, automotive staff guide from the Workplace of Transportation and Machinery at the Worldwide Trade Administration (ITA), Bret Jordan, managing director of Jefferies, and Todd Campau, affiliate director of aftermarket options at S&P World-wide took element on the panel.
Aftermarket experts acquired to hear from Kevin Schimmelmann, handling director and associate, and Harrison Xue, associate, from the Boston Consulting Group. They looked at the impression of program-described cars on the aftermarket and who will obtain the most — and who stands to reduce.
There had been a series of other exciting panels. One targeted on supplier suffering points, which included Gino Amador, president of Snap-on Products, John Lerner, main business officer at Gojo and Cal Ganda, head of Americas automotive aftermarket at ContiTech Power Transmission Group.
An additional seemed at problems becoming confronted at the store degree and how suppliers can adapt. On the panel were Sheri Hamilton, govt director of the Midwest Vehicle Treatment Alliance, Dave Hinz, operator of Mastertek Auto Restore, Barry Neal, senior lover at consulting organization Roland Berger and Dave Smith, senior advisor at collision repairer Caliber.
The day wrapped up with 1 more panel, the Foreseeable future of Aftermarket Distribution, which provided Randy Buller, president and CEO of Components Authority, Todd Leimenstoll, president and CEO of Car-Wares and John Washbish, president and main government officer of the Aftermarket Auto Pieces Alliance.
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