The AAPEX grand opening keynote breakfast took place Tuesday, Oct. 30 and was sponsored by Interstate Batteries. It also included a welcome from U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), and a state of the automotive aftermarket industry address by Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, and Bill Long, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). JC Washbish, director of marketing, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, introduced Rove to the AAPEX audience.
Hanvey and Long spoke about the tremendous transformation taking place in the automotive aftermarket and encouraged audience members to become engaged in the industry and the political process. Both organizations offer legislative summits, with the 2019 MEMA Legislative Summit taking place April 30--May 1, 2019, in Washington, D.C., and the Auto Care Association Legislative Summit being held in conjunction with Fall Leadership Days, Sept. 18--20, 2019, also in Washington, D.C.