The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance convened its Summer Meeting in grand style in San Diego at the Lowes Coronado Bay Resort.
More than 450 individuals representing 50 shareholder companies joined with over 100 supplier channel partners, making it one of the largest such events in the organization’s history.
The four-day meeting is devoted to collaboration among members and staff to further develop the group’s many award-winning programs and initiatives. The activities ranged from small work groups taking deep dives into specific issues to presentations from industry experts and headquarters staff that enlighten membership to global trends that will impact them.
“Our summer meeting is an event that enables our shareholders to engage with one another and address the myriad of serious issues and opportunities facing our group,” said John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance. “It gives us the opportunity to put our heads together and push our group forward, as well as celebrate some of our accomplishments.”
The meeting started on Sunday with a variety of standing committees engaged in brainstorming to develop plans on a broad range of subjects including products, branding, national accounts, e-commerce and global expansion.
On Monday, the full membership met in a closed session to learn about several critical initiatives that have been under development since the last group gathering. Presentations included the introduction of a comprehensive new foreign nameplate program, the introduction of two new shareholder members and a battery of marketing, distribution and new product/vendor programs and updates.