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News   August 12, 2011   by Auto Service World

U.S. Heavy Duty Aftermarket Legislative Summit Keynote Speakers Announced

Congressman Jim Gerlach, R-Penn. and Anne S. Ferro, administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will be the keynote speakers at the first-ever Heavy Duty Aftermarket Legislative Summit that will take place Sept. 20-21 in Washington, D.C., summit sponsors announced recently.
The Legislative Summit is a major component of the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Annual Aftermarket Distribution Summit.
Rep. Gerlach, a Republican in his fifth term in the U.S. Congress representing the sixth district of Pennsylvania, will discuss the agenda for the current Congress, focusing on tax issues that are likely to come up for the House Ways and Means Committee of which he is a member. Rep. Gerlach has been a long-time friend of the motor vehicle aftermarket and a co-sponsor of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act.
Anne S. Ferro is the administrator of FMCSA, which is the lead agency under the Department of Transportation charged with ensuring safety of large trucks and busses on U.S. highways. Prior to her appointment to FMCSA, Ferro led the Maryland Motor Truck Association as its president and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2009. Previously, she served as Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administrator. Ferro will highlight some of the near and long-term priorities for FMCSA in promoting safety of the commercial trucking industry.
Sponsored by the Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA) and CVSN, the Heavy Duty Legislative Summit will provide attendees the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their elected officials and staff to discuss industry issues from their own perspective. The first day of the summit on Sept. 20 will include an issue briefing from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., where attendees will hear from Rep. Gerlach and Ferro, and be fully briefed on the issues that will be discussed with the legislators. Attendees will then spend the next day, Sept. 21, meeting with their elected officials.
For additional information on the Heavy Duty Legislative Summit and how to register, visit

About CVSN
CVSN (, with close to 75 members and over 500 warehouse locations across North America, is the voice of the independent heavy duty aftermarket distributor. The mission of CVSN is to strengthen its members’ businesses and the relationships between members and their supply partners across North America.

About HDDA
Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA) is a segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) that serves aftermarket distributors and manufacturers of parts and services for heavy duty and commercial vehicles in North America.

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