According to JC Washbish, YANG's Vice Chair, "Through YANG's coordinated events, members have the opportunity to bridge that gap between stranger and acquaintance to expand their professional network while making lasting business connections."
Throughout most of the day, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., YANG provided complimentary professional headshots just steps from the show floor.
Washbish explained, "Having a professional headshot has become as necessary as having a professional resume, thanks to the growing reliance on online business communication."
During YANG's Town Hall at the Venetian Hotel, experts discussed "Get in the Driver's Seat: The Three Keys to a Successful Auto Care Career." The panelists were Corey Bartlett, President and CEO of Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc.; Angie Oleson, Director for Bridgestone Retail Operations; KYB Business Development Manager, Aaron Shaffer; and Laura Soave, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Federal-Mogul Motorparts. The discussion was moderated by YANG Council Dave Shapiro.
The purpose of the Town Hall was to cover some core tenets young auto care professionals can use to jumpstart their careers. The panelists shared how these concepts have aided them in advancing their careers, growing their networks and enhancing their reputations within the industry. These tenets included Willingness to Grow, You Are Who You Are, and Learning to Lead.
Courtney Hammer, YANG Staff Liaison, shared, "The YANG Town Hall panel of industry experts really gave some great advice to the younger generation about making great first impressions and growing in your career. Corey Bartlett, President and CEO of Automotive Parts Headquarters, talked about the importance of sending handwritten thank you notes to acquaintances and new contacts after seeing them at events such as the AWDA Conference and AAPEX Show. He noted that it is worth its weight in gold to spend 30 minutes on the plane ride back from an event to write some thank you cards."
After the Town Hall, YANG hosted a Networking Happy Hour at LAVO in the Palazzo.
"More than 230 people attended the YANG Networking Happy Hour at LAVO, and more than 70 members took advantage of the complimentary headshots. New this year, YANG had a booth in the lobby of the second floor of the Sands Expo," Hammer said. "The booth served as an avenue for members to say hello and meet YANG Volunteer Council [members] staffing the booth, as well as sign up for membership. Many of our current members brought a co-worker to the booth who might either be new to the industry or unfamiliar with YANG. They signed up on the spot."
YANG’s booth also provided an opportunity to encourage industry professionals over 40 years old to become mentors through the Mentor Pin program.
Hammer explained, "The YANG Mentor Pin program was designed to provide a platform for over-40 professionals to engage and share ideas with auto care's newer members for the mutual benefit of both parties."