From June 7--10, the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) held its 2018 Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL.
The event attracted members eager to network with industry peers, engage in valuable learning opportunities and enjoy a relaxing time with family and friends.
According to AAAS Board of Directors Chairman Keith West, “This year’s event was exceptional, as the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast is celebrating its 80th year serving the automotive aftermarket. This year’s schedule of events included many opportunities to gather valuable information and network in a beautiful venue, as well as golf and deep-sea fish!”
The conference began on Thursday evening with a cocktail reception, which provided participants with a chance to meet or reconnect with other industry professionals in attendance. The following morning, The Relentless took a group out for a fishing expedition.
“We headed out on the water in hopes of catching Red Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, Trigger Fish and more. The trip provided a great morning of fishing, and the boat limited out on snapper and a record number of keepers,” said Joe Ward, AAAS first vice chairman.
AAAS hosted a reception for the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) on Friday night.
AAAS Director of Government Relations and YANG member Matt Ward shared, “YANG has given me a great avenue to network with and meet other industry peers, many of whom I consider to already be leaders in this industry. It is exciting to be in a room full of YANG members that are excited about what they do and the industry they work for. You cannot attend a YANG event and not be optimistic about the future of the automotive aftermarket.”
The educational portion of the conference took place on Saturday morning. One of the highlights of the morning was Tom Shay of Profits Plus Solutions presenting “Strategies to Win in a Challenging Economy” and “Characteristics of a Successful Business.” The presentations were sponsored by Highline Automotive.