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News   October 7, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

University of the Aftermarket & AASA Announce Global Leadership Program


The University of the Aftermarket in collaboration with the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) has announced “Leadership 3.0: The Global Aftermarket,” a unique leadership education program focused on the growing opportunities in the global automotive aftermarket The inaugural session is slated for Saturday, June 3 through Friday, June 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China.

The 2017 Leadership 3.0 course will include university-level leadership sessions designed to enhance aftermarket professionals’ international business skills and knowledge. In addition, there will be numerous aftermarket site visits and networking with Chinese aftermarket leaders and peers, all designed to provide first-hand insight into a fascinating, dynamic and growing Chinese aftermarket. The entire program will be conducted in English. Attendees will receive 6.0 CEUs toward their AAP or MAAP designations.

“Our aftermarket and the automotive industry as a whole is truly global,” said Bill Long, AASA president and chief operating officer. “Relationships are quickly being established in virtually every country to produce and/or distribute parts to meet the growing opportunities in international markets. Participating in the global marketplace presents special leadership challenges. AASA is proud to partner with The University of the Aftermarket to prepare current and future leaders for success in an increasingly global business environment.”

“With China offering the largest long-term growth potential for the automotive aftermarket, it is fitting that the University of the Aftermarket is kicking off its new Leadership 3.0 in Shanghai,” said Jay Burkhart, AASA vice president and chief strategy officer. “AASA is pleased to work through our China Aftermarket Forum (CAF) in Shanghai to provide professional networking opportunities for those participating in the program as well as local site visits with AASA member companies doing business in the China aftermarket.”

Leadership 3.0 will provide participants with vital global aftermarket business skills, including:


* Managing and leading cross-cultural teams

* International business practices

* International sourcing

* Global economics

* Global aftermarket trends

* International networking and business relationship norms

* Legal and governmental issues

* Developing market opportunities/threats


The program is $5,495, (US) and includes everything except air travel and lodging. Special travel stipends are available for the first 18 registrants. More information and registration details are available at the University of the Aftermarket website, in the “Course Calendar” section.