The University of the Aftermarket is presenting a special leadership seminar prior to the opening of the 2005 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) in May. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 1:30 pm to 5 pm the session will be led by Dr. John Passante, whose seminar "Leadership Lessons from the Past, Leadership Perspectives on the Future," will examine the role that leadership has played in the automotive aftermarket over the past 20 years. The seminar is a pragmatic approach to leadership for aftermarket executives. It is ideal for presidents, CEO’s, executive vice presidents, and/or anyone responsible for the person who manages the sales and marketing function for automotive warehouse distribution, retail, and manufacturing companies who want to understand the challenges of the WD/retailer sales force. Topics will include: how to build and maintain trust in an organization through leadership; the characteristics of a strong and effective leader; how to implement various leadership styles in your company, and how leaders communicate vision and mission for their organizations. The program costs $265 and registration for the Symposium is required in order to attend this event. Registration for the pre-Symposium seminar is handled separately from the Symposium and is available from the University of the Aftermarket at: www.univaftmkt.org, phone 800-551-2882, fax 989-837-4439, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and registration forms for the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium are available at www.globalsymposium.org. Participants can save $200 by registering before Friday, March 25. This year’s Symposium will mark the event’s 10th anniversary. The first Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium was held Sept. 25-26, 1996, at the Hyatt Regency Deerfield Hotel in the suburban Chicago area. From its humble beginnings, the Symposium has grown to be the industry’s leading educational forum. All of the net proceeds from the event go toward funding industry scholarships. The anniversary year will mark a significant milestone when the Symposium surpasses $1 million in scholarship funds awarded to more than 1,000 students. Details about the GAAS scholarship program are available at www.automotivescholarships.com. The GAAS program is a joint professional education effort of the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Tire Industry Association (TIA) and University of the Aftermarket.