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News   September 8, 2009   by Auto Service World

Industry Week Town Hall Takes On All Comers


Top aftermarket industry leaders representing key segments of the aftermarket will headline a panel to discuss how the many factors of 2009 affected their segment of the distribution channel and what’s in store for 2010 at this year’s AAIA Town Hall breakfast program in Las Vegas, Nev.

Hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and sponsored by NASCAR Performance, the Town Hall will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 a.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom in the Venetian Hotel.The event is part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week being held in Las Vegas, Nev, November 3 to 5, 2009.

Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO, will once again moderate the Town Hall panel, which will include

–Larry Sills, President, Standard Motor Produc

Bill Rhodes, President/CEO, AutoZone

Rusty Bishop, CEO, Federated Auto

Jim Dykstra, owner, Dykstra Auto Service

“What a year it has been for the aftermarket: dealerships closing, the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ folly, OE bailouts, high gas prices curtailing miles driven and major economic pressures and challenges,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. “Our distinguished panel representing manufacturing, distribution, retail and service and repair will discuss how their respective segment of the channel was impacted and how they coped during 2009. They will also share their thoughts and predictions about 2010.”


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