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2011 a aIa town hall AAPEX NEWS Take Three: Town Hall 2011 Features Top Presenters Town HAll 2011 and consumer trends, insight and analysis at this year’s AAIA Town Hall at AAPEX in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), the Town Hall, sponsored by Polk, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom in the Venetian Hotel. The Town Hall program will switch from the traditional panel discussion to three separate presentations by: • Mario Gabelli, Chairman and CEO, GAMCO Investors, Inc. • Tim Rogers, President, Polk • David Portalatin, Executive Director of Industry Analysis, The NPD Group Tickets for the 2011 AAIA Town Hall include a full buffet breakfast.* Individual tickets are $100 for AAIA members and $115 for non-members, and a table of 10 is $850 for AAIA members and $1,000 for nonmembers. For ticket information, visit www.aftermarket. org and click on “Meetings/Events.” Mario Gabelli, Tim Rogers and David Portalatin will present the latest financial, industry maRio J. gabelli Chairman and CEo, GAMCo Investors, Inc. Mario J. Gabelli is chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed company that is a widely recognized provider of investment advice to alternative investments, mutual funds, institutional and private wealth management. Gabelli founded the firm in 1977 as an institutional broker-dealer. It has since grown into the diversified financial services corporation it is today. Gabelli is also chairman of LICT Corporation, and a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University Graduate School of Business; the Board of Trustees of Boston College; the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University; and a trustee of Trustee of the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, E.L. Wiegand Foundation in Reno and a member of The Economic Club of New York. Gabelli is a frequent commentator on CNBC, CNN, Fox Business and Bloomberg News, is often referenced in the financial print media including Barrons, Institutional Investor, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, Money and Changing Times, and was named Money Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor for 2011. Gabelli is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University and holds an MBA degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and Fordham University. Tim RogeRs President, Polk s P o n s o R E d BY: Tim Rogers is president of Polk, an operating unit of R. L. Polk & Co., and is responsible for the division’s strategy, operational fulfillment and customer outcomes. Polk focuses on developing and supporting key marketing and operational strategies for automotive companies in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. His professional career is built on more than 30 years of successful leadership in top level executive roles. Prior to joining Polk in 2010, Rogers led the automotive practice at Maritz - a privately held marketing services company - serving client needs in the areas of marketing research, performance improvement and incentive travel. He also served as president and CEO of Maritz Research, a global top 20 marketing research firm serving the automotive, financial services, technology, telecommunications and hospitality industries. Today, Rogers leads Polk business units that are at the forefront of providing premier automotive information and marketing solutions to help customers understand their market position, identify trends, build brand loyalty, conquest new business and gain a competitive advantage. DaviD PoRTalaTin Co n T R I B u T I n g s P o n s o R s : Executive Director of Industry Analysis, The nPD Group, Inc. * At press time, limited tickets are still available. David Portalatin is the executive director, industry analysis, for The NPD Group’s automotive aftermarket division. He has observed that the American consumer’s dependence upon the automobile is a key driver impacting how their dollars are spent. Prior to joining NPD in 1999, Portalatin held various positions in petroleum marketing, convenience retailing and foodservice wholesale distribution. He is often a featured speaker at industry events, such as AAPEX, the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS), Convenience Retailing Conference and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and corporate meetings with retailers and manufacturers in the automotive aftermarket, motor fuels and convenience retailing industries. He is a media source for articles on gas prices, consumer driving behavior and aftermarket topics, and his comments have appeared in USA Today, CNBC, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and other national recognized media outlets. AFTERMARKET INSIDER | VOLUME 72 | 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider Issue 72

Aftermarket Insider Issue 72
President's Message
Doing Your Industry Proud!
Segment News
Campaign Update
Toolbox: AAPEX Website
Association News
AAIA Market Intelligence: Don’t Do Business Wit hout It!
Market Intelligence
Green Highlight
Technology Update
Inside Legislation

Aftermarket Insider Issue 72