The Meet-Up was hosted by A & Jay Automotive Warehouse and featured a presentation by Larry Pavey, President of Federated Auto Parts. Around 30 young industry professionals attended the Meet-Up to learn from industry veterans and gain their perspective on major issues impacting the aftermarket industry.
YANG Chair JR Bishop shared, “Networking is in our name. It is the core of this group. These events are what tie us all together in this great big industry.”
Pavey’s presentation covered current data such as the size of the industry, VIOs, miles driven and more. He also discussed the current distribution market in regards to brick and mortar retailers versus online sales, and shared his projections on how that will move over the next five years. Additional topics included hybrid vehicles and ride sharing, as well as how these will impact the aftermarket as millennials grow older.
Pavey believes, “During the next 10 years, we will see more change in the aftermarket than we have until this point altogether.”
The event received very favorable feedback from attendees.
Event host Alena Van Cleave of A & Jay Automotive Warehouse noted, “Participation in YANG Regional Meet-Ups that include an industry veteran with a proven track record of success like Larry Pavey is really one of the best ways to learn and stay informed as our industry adapts to a rapidly changing market. I always walk away from these events more informed and inspired.”
“It is very generous that the National Pronto Association has included YANG events in its conferences. Having YANG events tied to major industry conferences, sales meetings and trade shows gives the younger generation a place to gather together and get to know one another," added Courtney Hammer, Director of Job and Career Development for the Auto Care Association and YANG Liaison. "YANG is looking for energetic, passionate auto care professionals and companies to host an exclusive YANG Regional Meet-Up in their hometown. Hosts are supported by the YANG council and sent all the tools necessary for the event. For more information, visit www.autocare.org/yangevents."