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Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:21

AAAS 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show Proves To Be Exceptional

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A group of anglers enjoyed a morning of fishing aboard The Relentless. A group of anglers enjoyed a morning of fishing aboard The Relentless.


Tom Tucker, director of state government affairs for the Auto Care Association, delivered “a compelling and informative presentation on the state of the auto care industry and the opportunities AAAS members face now and in the near future. Tucker’s discussion included emerging technology and regulations,” West recounted.


“Technology and legislative issues are quickly having a profound effect on the aftermarket industry. Perhaps now more than ever, it is essential for aftermarket businesses to stay informed and ready to work with each other and similar organizations to ensure that the aftermarket remains a free, fair and competitive industry.


"Attendees were able to visit with the guest speakers and learn from the many vendors in attendance throughout the morning and during breaks between speakers.”

Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of relaxation, with many participating in the Annual Golf Tournament at Baytowne Golf Club. The tournament was sponsored by Federated Insurance, with proceeds benefitting the association’s foundation (AAASF). 

According to AAAS President Randal Ward, “The weather was ideal; the players enjoyed themselves, and money was raised to fund scholarships and other great causes.”

Saturday evening concluded with dinner and a silent auction that also benefitted the AAASF and was hosted by Michael Morgan, chairman of AAAS Foundation Board of Trustees. 

West stated, “As usual, AAAS members stepped up to raise funds for a great cause. AAASF awarded 23 scholarships this year to deserving students pursuing technical certifications and post-secondary degrees. Several members and sponsors donated auction items, and many more enjoyed the fun, camaraderie and atmosphere by bidding generously. At the end of the evening, AAASF trustees raised over $6,000 for the foundation.”

During the evening’s events, West recognized Steve Kampwerth, president and CEO of Auto Electric and Carburetor, with the title of Director Emeritus, the highest honor given to AAAS volunteer leaders. 

West shared, “Steve has served in numerous AAAS board and leadership positions since 2002. Kampwerth served as the Chairman of the AAAS Employee Benefit Fund during a time of tremendous turmoil as changes in health insurance regulation shook the foundations of group health insurance nationwide. He worked diligently with the board members, legislators, regulators and staff to navigate the health program through the toughest years it had ever faced. As a result, the AAAS Employee Benefit Fund did not just survive, but instead is stronger than ever and a cherished, invaluable benefit for our members.

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