The Auto Care Association (ACA) hosted its 2020 Fall Leadership Days virtually, Sept. 23-25.
“The event was successful and extremely collaborative, even in its virtual format,” said Michael Barratt, ACA's senior vice president of meetings and events. “Fall Leadership Days is a gathering of our volunteer leadership, and the purpose of this event is to bring together volunteers, association members and professional staff for meetings aimed at discussing issues and initiatives that are currently affecting our membership and the industry at large.
“The goal of the association’s twice-yearly Leadership Days events is to gain insights and receive feedback from our volunteer members to help set the direction of the association," Barratt said. "Now more than ever, it is crucial for our association to have that stewardship. We need to make sure we are providing the right support, resources and tools to ensure our membership are informed and equipped for the current business environment."
During the three-day event, in addition to participating in community and committee meetings, ACA members attended an Executive Industry Briefing, which featured ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey, as well as Mike Wall, executive director of automotive analysis for IHS Markit.
Hanvey and Wall provided an update on “the latest news on the vehicle data battle in Massachusetts; the impact of COVID-19 on the aftermarket industry and the economy; the latest available information on the upcoming Virtual AAPEX Experience; new ACA data and resources to assist with navigating the pandemic; and recognition of industry innovators in the association's award program,” Barratt recalled.
“Kicking Advocacy into High Gear!,” a special Revolutionary, Educational and Visionary (REV) Talk session focused on the value of advocacy, was presented by Corey Bartlett of Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc. and U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN.) Explaining why building relationships with elected officials is important, Emmer and Bartlett discussed cars, politics and engagement, as well as how the ACA is “equipping our member companies to make an impact with policymakers,” according to Barratt.
The ACA also presented its 2020 awards during the Fall Leadership Days, recognizing excellence in education, innovation and the next generation in the auto care industry.
The winner of the 2020 Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award was Bo Fisher, CEO of Fisher Auto Parts.
The Auto Care Career and Education (ACE) Award was presented...