AAPEX Blogs

  • Turning 2020’s ‘We Missed AAPEX’ Into 2021’s ‘Can’t Miss AAPEX’

    By Vic Tarasik, managing partner, Shop Owner Coach

    Although we might look back on 2020 as the year to forget about many things, we can always find positives if we look closely enough.

    And AAPEX is one of those things to take a look at.

    The year 2020 was to…

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  • How Did We Get Here?

    By Brian Plott, executive director, Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI)

    There is little need for me to reiterate the obvious that the industry is changing. It has been changing. It continues to change! Or maybe the better statement would be that it continues to evolve. We are all connected to this evolving industry, each…

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  • Safe, Secure, Standardized and Direct Access to Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Data on Display at AAPEX 2021

    By Joe Register, vice president, Emerging Technologies, Auto Care Association

    Our entire industry triumphed when we secured the Right to Repair vehicles in 2014. In 2020, the battle continued as the days of open access to the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port dwindled. Today, repair and diagnostic data is being transmitted…

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  • AAPEX Shapes and Strengthens Our Collective Future Success

    By Bill Long, president & CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

    I’ve lost count of the number of years I’ve attended the show, going back to the days at McCormick Place in Chicago. 

    But what is clear is the significant transformation of AAPEX that I’ve seen over the years…

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  • Drivers Deserve the Decision on Where to Repair Their Vehicles – You Can Help Ensure It

    By Aaron Lowe, AAP, senior vice president, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Auto Care Association

    Up until recently, anyone wanting to repair a vehicle would simply plug into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port, located under the steering wheel, and download the fault codes from the in-vehicle modules. Armed with that diagnostic…

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  • Young Leaders: The Building Blocks of the Future

    By Ben Brucato, senior director of Engagement, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)

    Essential, resilient, adaptable and innovative are just a few of the terms used over the past 18 months to describe the automotive aftermarket industry. Thanks to hard working, dedicated and highly capable individuals, the industry has made it…

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  • AWDA Conference Draws Warehouse Distributors to AAPEX

    By Larry Northup, AAP, executive director, AWDA

    Customers make AAPEX successful. Without people and companies to purchase the products on display, there would be no reason for exhibitors to attend the show.

    Fortunately, AAPEX draws a huge number of buyers to Las Vegas each fall and among the most important…

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  • From Ambition to Meaning: Finding Your Why in a World Filled with Who, What, When and Where

    By Bill Nalu, president, Interstate Auto Care, Madison Heights, Mich.

    The year was 1987- President Reagan spoke the words that were heard for generations to come: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Dirty Dancing and Lethal Weapon were at the top of the box office chart, while WrestleMania 3 packed…

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  • Trade and the Competitiveness Agenda – What’s Next for the Automotive Aftermarket

    By Ann Wilson, senior vice president of Government Affairs, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)

    President Biden based much of his White House campaign on an agenda to restore jobs and manufacturing in the U.S. Although few Americans officials disagree with the vision, there are wide differences on how to get…

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  • A Homecoming

    By Carm Capriotto, podcast host, Remarkable Results Radio

    I’ve spoken to so many in the last month about the desire to gather with industry peers. I recently attended an event, and it was an elixir of networking and discovery.

    AAPEX 2021 is giving us the opportunity to gather as in…

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