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AWDA: Leading the Way
For the past 64 years, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) has been leading the way for warehouse distributors (WDs) and manufacturers to further professional relationships and conduct top-notch business during their annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
Held immediately prior to AAPEX, the AWDA conference is ideally positioned to kick off the industry’s annual week of celebration. The only venue where the whole industry comes together, at one time, in one place, has unparalleled value and demonstrates the power and scope of the industry to all AWDA and AAPEX participants. “Walking the aisles of AAPEX, I am reminded of how well the aftermarket works together to provide quality solutions and tremendous value for vehicle owners, and it makes me very proud to be part of such an important industry,” said Rusty Bishop, AAP, CEO, Federated Auto Parts Distributors Inc. “As one of the largest trade shows in Las Vegas, AAPEX showcases how our industry is an integral part of the economy.”
transportation and when things break we can really help them out. Most people are not happy when their car breaks – but we can get them back on the road.” “Our industry is unique in that we have fared better through these economic times than many other industries,” said Mike Lambert, president, Automotive Distribution Network (ADN). “I believe we all take pride in that fact. Our industry is still hiring counterpeople. We are still looking for good technicians. One clear signal that our business is different than others. Just read the paper!” “You can share experiences and challenges with other distributors that you may never have an opportunity to meet,” said David T. Segal, AAP, president, Automotive Supply Associates, Inc./2010-2011 AWDA chairman. “As you walk the multiple floors of AAPEX, you can feel how large and important the aftermarket to the global economy.”
the conference’s unique structure allows for efficient meetings with several vendors, and allows participants unprecedented access to high-level connections and a broad view of the entire marketplace.
structure allows for efficient meetings with several vendors, and allows participants unprecedented access to high-level connections and a broad view of the entire marketplace.” The number of participants in the one-on-one meetings, the cornerstone of the AWDA conference, has almost
“The automotive aftermarket is a great place to work,” said Bill Maggs, president, National Pronto Association. “The AWDA conference is built around “Overall there is a feeling of satisfaction meeting face-to-face in a quality in helping our customers – help car environment,” said Larry Northup, owners. Everyone depends on their executive director, AWDA. “Its unique
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider Issue 72
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Doing Your Industry Proud!
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