Auto Care Insider Volume 91 - (Page 2)
AN OUTSTANDING YEAR
AS the sun sets on 2014, and I reflect
on the association's achievements, I
must say this past year has been one
of the best, if not the very best ever.
There's not enough room on this page to
elaborate on them all, but I'm delighted
to highlight a few key successes.
Thank you to
and our supportive
After a decade-long battle over the
Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair
Legislation, we secured a landmark
Memorandum of Understanding with
the car companies that will ensure
that all information, tools and software
available to new car dealers to repair
vehicles will be affordably available to
the independent auto care industry.
The rebranding initiative, which
changed our name to the Auto
Care Association and introduced
the term auto care industry, has
been very well received inside
and outside of the industry.
The Car Care Council reported the
largest number of industry-hosted
vehicle check-up events during April
and October car care months and the
highest level of overall involvement in
the Be Car Care Aware campaign.
AAPEX 2014 was the most
successful ever, based on attendee
feedback regarding expanded
education sessions, quality of
buyers, record AWDA attendance
and one-on-one meetings, the
new Wednesday morning General
Session with Steve Forbes, and
other show enhancements.
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We significantly expanded our
international activities on behalf of
members through hosting a U.S.
pavilion at an international trade
show, co-hosting industry summits
in China and Europe, establishing
strategic relationships with automotive
associations around the world,
participating in foreign trade missions
and working more closely with
the Department of Commerce to
create and implement a strong trade
promotion program aimed at helping
members find new international
business partners and markets
for their products and services.
We established a place at the
association table for young
industry professionals - our future
leaders - called the Young Auto
Care Network Group (YANG).
The association has taken a
leadership role in the battle to ensure
that the independent auto care
industry has access to embedded
vehicle telematics systems,
spearheading the formation of the
Telematics Task Force. Composed of
all of the major trade groups and many
interested auto care companies, the
task force is developing technological
and policy solutions that seek to our
industry will be able to compete for
access and use of the vast amounts
of repair data being transmitted
wirelessly by vehicles.
Auto Care Association
President & CEO
We saw record attendance at
Spring and Fall Leadership Days by
volunteer leaders, demonstrating
support for the association's initiatives
and a desire to be involved.
We began creating a first-of-its-kind
auto care industry career website
with information and resources about
working in our dynamic industry
(launching in early 2015 - more
information in the next Insider!).
Clearly, this sampling doesn't do the
year's work justice, but you get the gist.
Thank you to our talented and
dedicated professional staff and our
supportive and engaged volunteer
leaders. We are looking forward to
an exciting and productive 2015. I
will share some of our goals in my
next Auto Care Insider column.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Auto Care Insider Volume 91
Association News: A Century of AEA
Best of the Best
Association News: YANG 2015
Auto Care Insider Volume 91