New to this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), Oct. 31-Nov. 2, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, is “Beyond Borders: Opportunities and Challenges in Today’s Global Market” – a seminar to broadly explore the potential of foreign markets for the aftermarket industry. The seminar will be held Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in room 303, and is free to AAPEX attendees and exhibitors; however, registration is required and may be done on the AAPEX Web site at www.aapexshow.com. This seminar will be presented by J. Scott Farber, assurance partner for Grant Thornton International, and will look at factors to consider when establishing overseas manufacturing, distribution and retail operations. Two other AAPEX seminars, sponsored by the Automotive International Association (AIA), will also focus on international issues and markets. Both AIA seminars are also free, but registration is required. Back by popular demand will be “Selling Parts for Imports: Did You Ever Consider Listening to Your Customer? The Installer’s View.” This seminar, which packed the room at AAPEX 2005, will present the viewpoints of three premier import specialist installers: Chris Coulter, Curry’s Automotive, Sterling, Va.; Chuck Hartogh, C&M Auto Service, Glenview, Ill.; and Mike Aronow, Sunset Auto Import Service, Las Vegas, Nev. Bill Guinard, Olympus Auto Parts, will represent the selling side of the industry and former AIA chairman Marty Gold, S-G Imported Car Parts, will moderate. The seminar will be held Oct. 31, from 7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. in room 303. AIA’s seminar, “Selling to the U.S. Aftermarket: Getting it Right,” returns for its sixth year at AAPEX. This popular session will be held on Nov. 2, from 7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. in room 303, and is a high priority for international parts suppliers, especially those wishing to begin or expand sales to the U.S. aftermarket. Industry expert Henry Allessio, Walden Consultants, will present this session. AAPEX 2006 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Due to heavy demand for exhibit space for the 2006 show, AAPEX exhibits this year will also occupy the entire Venetian Ballroom.