According to YANG’s Michael Rukov, senior executive account manager for RepWorks Marketing, “This event is always well attended and is open for all CAWA and YANG members. In fact, YANG members are able to participate in all CAWA activities free of charge.”
Rukov said this year YANG decided to hone in on networking. The organization was able to get leaders within the industry to network with future leaders.
“Everyone enjoyed the extra time to network on a more private level,” Rukov said. “Every YANG Regional Meet-up is different, and there are multiple reasons for this. In general, we want to make sure that YANG members build relationships with their peer group and continue helping each other grow. This is similar to any of our industry networking activities geared toward future leaders.”
YANG’s Regional Meet-ups provide an outlet to bring young industry professionals together to voice their input for the industry. Rukov pointed out, “Most of the YANG members have not yet reached high-level positions in their companies that would allow them to be exposed to the industry at large, and yet, these industry events dictate what the future will look like in our industry.”
The event went better than anticipated with the dialogue flowing naturally. Rukov stressed, “CAWA is the first line of defense in the automotive industry because many things that happen on the California Hill leaks out to the rest of the country. Our battles here are real, and that is why these leadership meetings are so important. YANG Regional Meet-ups at CAWA will continue to improve and will help guide the future of the industry and our association.”
For more information about YANG and its future events, visit autocare.org/yang.