On June 6-9, the Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Southeast (AAAS) held its 2019 Conference and Trade Show at the Sandestin Village of Baytowne Wharf in Destin, FL.
According to Randal Ward, executive director of AAAS, “The annual AAAS Conference and Trade Show was once again a tremendous success! AAAS members and staff met for a weekend full of networking, fun and educational events, including exciting activities like deep sea fishing and golf.”
On Thursday, June 6, attendees enjoyed their opportunity to network and gather with industry friends and colleagues during the opening night reception sponsored by CARQUEST.
On Friday, June 7, AAAS Chairman of the Board Keith West, Employee Benefit Fund Chair Danny Durbin, and AAAS’s Matt Ward joined Carm Capriotto for a podcast of Remarkable Results Radio. Ward shared, “Carm’s weekly production, called the Town Hall Academy, is a platform designed to showcase aftermarket success stories and industry insights. The podcast was streamed on a host of social media pages, allowing people from all over the country to hear from AAAS members about their experiences working in and owning businesses in the aftermarket industry. This was a fun and unique experience for everyone involved!”
Attendees had the option of participating in a deep sea fishing expedition aboard the Relentless, sponsored by Federal Insurance. Other attendees enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on the beach. Later on, AAAS hosted a reception that doubled as a regional meet-up with the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). “YANG regularly hosts various meet-up networking events throughout the country, and this is a great way for younger industry employees to get to know one another,” Ward said.
In addition to a tabletop trade show, Saturday, June 8, commenced with a Welcome and State of the Association Reports delivered by Chairman West before two guest speakers took the stage. Ward recounts, “Ray Pohlman, president of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, started off the morning by giving a thorough presentation on the state of the automotive aftermarket and some of the challenges and opportunities the industry is facing now and in the future.