Aftermarket Insider Issue 82 - (Page 3)
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Big Changes for AAIA’s Upholstery and
Trim International Segment
In September 2012, AAIA’s
Trim segment changed its name to the
Upholstery and Trim International
(UTI) segment to reflect the broad
array of products marketed by its
members. The UTI segment represents companies that manufacture or
distribute, primarily through wholesalers, interior and exterior fabrics
and hardware and products used
in the aftermarket for the repair or
the restoration of cars and trucks.
Now the segment is preparing for
its annual convention, which also
is undergoing major changes. Most
importantly, the convention, which
has been held for decades in March
or early April, will this year be held
Sept. 18-21 in Nashville, Tenn. The
move to the fall was at the request of
members, and hopes to better reflect
the marketing cycle of the industry.
The mainstay of the UTI Convention
is the highly successful one-on-one
meeting format, which permits
distributors and wholesalers to meet
privately in hotel rooms in order to
conduct business. Previously, all
one-on-one meetings were arranged
on the first day of the convention.
However, for the first time, attending
wholesalers will be able to take
advantage of an Internet-based system
that will permit them to make their
appointments with exhibitors online
from the comfort of their offices. This
new system will permit attendees
to know their one-on-one schedule
before they arrive at the convention.
Other highlights to look forward
to at the convention include:
• Roundtable discussions for wholesalers on Wednesday afternoon
to discuss industry-wide issues.
• Wednesday night – Chairman’s
Reception and Dinner honoring Mark
Goldstone, Spradling International,
with the Lifetime Achievement
Award for his contributions to the
segment and to the industry.
• Thursday luncheon – John Zoellner,
a veteran merger and acquisition
business consultant, will share
insights on preparing a business
for succession or acquisition.
For the UTI segment, the convention has been more than just a
meeting, it has been the scene of
many long-term business and personal
relationships that have endured for
decades. With the major changes to
both the segment and the convention, UTI is on target to continue its
success for many years to come.
For more information on the UTI
segment, visit www.aftermarket.org
or contact the UTI segment liaison
Aaron Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the convention will be sent out in June and will
also be available on the website.
For the first time,
attending wholesalers will be able to
take advantage of an
that will permit them
to make their appointments with exhibitors
online from the comfort
of their offices.
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