Keynote & Government Advocacy Sessions

Watch key aftermarket sessions

The Virtual AAPEX Experience’s Keynote Session will present the state of the aftermarket while exploring the possibilities of the future. Day 2’s Government Advocacy Town Hall will take a deeper dive into legislative issues and what election outcomes mean for our businesses and industry. Two renowned industry leaders will join forces over two days, reveal coveted insights, recognize industry accomplishments, and highlight opportunities for positive change.

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Bill Hanvey is president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, which represents the entire supply chain of the automotive aftermarket: manufacturers, distributors, retailers and shops. Bill has spent his entire 35+ year career in the aftermarket, previously serving as senior vice president of at AASA and in sales and marketing leadership roles at Tenneco, FleetPride, Dorman and Schaeffler.

Paul T. McCarthy is president of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), which connects suppliers of aftermarket parts, chemicals, tools, diagnostics, and technologies to industry analysis, peer forums, customer and technology trends, global insights, and government advocacy. Paul has over a quarter century of experience in the automotive industry, with prior experience as MEMA senior vice president and leader of the Automotive and Industrial Products Strategy Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 3 at 12 pm EST

On the first day during the Keynote Session, you’ll hear from high-level executives in “What to Expect on the Road Ahead,” a roundtable discussion that will explore the future of auto care. Other top issues of discussion include the effect of COVID-19 on current and future business and much more. Panelists include:

  • Sue Godschalk, President, Federated Auto Parts
  • Eric Sills, CEO, Standard Motor Products
  • Duncan Gillis, CEO, BBB Industries
  • Tom Greco, President & CEO, Advance Auto Parts
  • Greg Johnson, CEO, O’Reilly Auto Parts

Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy will also cover topics including:

  • Auto care as an essential industry
  • Collaboration across industry associations
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Grassroots advocacy support
  • Tech participation and activation
  • What to expect for AAPEX 2021

DAY 2: Wednesday, November 4 at 2 pm EST

During Wednesday’s Government Advocacy Town Hall, the conversation will continue with not one, but two roundtable discussions. The first will cover the previous day’s groundbreaking Massachusetts vote on Right to Repair. Panelists include:

  • Bill Hanvey, President and CEO, Auto Care Association
  • Aaron Lowe, SVP, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Auto Care Association
  • Ray Pohlman, President, Coalition for Auto Repair Equality
  • Michael Borr, President of Allied Auto Parts
  • Tommy Hickey, Spokesperson for the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee
  • Rich Benoit, Shop Owner, Electrified Garage

The second discussion will explore “What the Election Means for Our Business,” where panelists will dive into the presidential election and how each outcome will affect your bottom line. Additional topics include economic growth, regulatory impact, federal legislation, the importance of grassroots involvement, and more. Panelists include:

  • Aaron Lowe, SVP, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Auto Care Association
  • Ann Wilson, SVP, Government Affairs, MEMA/AASA
  • David McKinney, VP, Government and Community Relations, AutoZone
  • Ian P. Musselman, SVP, Government Affairs, LKQ

Bill Hanvey and Paul McCarthy will also discuss pressing advocacy issues and what the future holds after the presidential election, as well as other key decisions—specifically the Massachusetts referendum. Topics will include:

  • The government’s role in the industry
  • How policies may change in the future
  • What the election results mean for key aftermarket issues
  • The continued impact of tariffs, tax cuts, and government stimulus
  • The importance of association collaborations moving forward

You do not need to be registered for the Virtual AAPEX Experience to watch the Keynote Session or Government Advocacy Session. Both will be livestreamed on