Nearly 1,800 heavy duty aftermarket executives and professionals attended Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’08 (HDAW) held in January at The Mirage, Las Vegas. In its third year, this annual business conference is the industry’s largest gathering of the independent heavy duty aftermarket. Although primarily North American in focus HDAW drew attendees from 17 different countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico and Russia. “HDAW ’08 was an action-packed conference that lived up to its theme: ‘Face-to-Face, Building Relationships in to the Future’ — thousands of Face-to-Face contacts were made,” said Jerry Weis, president, Ott’s Friction Supply Inc., and HDAW ’08 chairman. “From the ‘HDAW All-Industry Opening Reception,’ described as the largest-ever truck parts industry party in anyone’s memory, we were off to a flying start,” he added. “The opening session and the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Forum session were attended by more than 1,100 registrants; the HDAW Business and Technical Theater sessions and workshops were heavily attended – in some cases standing room only,” said Joe Mejaly, vice president and general manager, ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Business, and HDAW ’08 vice chairman. “We had a record 1400+ pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings, and 227 exhibitors in the 100,000 square foot HDAW Product Expo.” Planned and shaped by a group of more than 100 industry volunteers and association staffers, the elected leadership of Weis, Mejaly, education co-chairs Gene Damron of Vipar HD Parts and Don Reimondo of Affinia guided the group to its successful execution of the program. Most of the education session material is available to download from the conference Web site, www.hdaw.org. A separate DVD has also been produced and is available for purchase. The DVD covers the HDAW opening general session, including the MacKay and Co. “Heavy Duty Aftermarket Forum” and the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Industry Awards program. HDAW is presented by a joint operating committee comprised of industry leaders from American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS), Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN), Heavy Duty America (HDA), Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG), International Truck Parts Association (ITPA), Overseas Automotive Council (OAC), Power Heavy Duty, Service Specialists Association (SSA), Truck Pride and VIPAR HD Parts.