AKRON-The massive Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) shows scheduled for Oct. 24-27 in Las Vegas promise to offer something for practically everyone-including independent tire and service dealers. In response to a growing demand for more professional seminars and workshops geared to tire dealers, organizers said 10 new seminars have been added to the trade show sponsored by the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA), and Automotive Service Industry Association (ASIA).
The following sessions will run each day, from 8-9:30 a.m., in the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas:
Tuesday, Oct. 24-
``Tomorrow's tire-Future design and technology through the year 2000,'' presented by Phil Pasci, product information specialist, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
``Tire failure analysis-What is and is not adjustable,'' by Craig DeWald, Michelin Americas Small Tires (MAST) training manager.
``How to find and keep quality employees,'' by Wes Stephenson, a Big O Tires Inc. franchisee and president of the Big O Dealers of America Association.
``Managing a successful and profitable service shop,'' with Dave Denmon, Automotive Management Systems.
Wednesday, Oct. 25-
``Tomorrow's wheel-Future design, fitments and applications,'' with Rick Pruden, vice president, sales and marketing, American Racing.
``Repairing high performance tires-Liability or reliability?'' with Edward J. Wagner, president, Tire Technical Service.
``Managing a successful and profitable service shop,'' (same as above).
``Computer technology-Preparing for the year 2000,'' with Edward Molkenbuhr, vice president/general manager, Triad Systems, and Mary Winter, president, Progressive Computers.
Thursday, Oct. 26-
``EPA & OSHA-What they can and will do to you into 2000,'' with Dr. David Augenstein, president, Environmental Development Corp.
``Lifestyles of the rich and famous tire dealers,'' by John Wagner, president, Tire Marketing Service.
``Computer technology, preparing for the year 2000,'' (same as above).
``Forecasting the future of today's dealer,'' with Jim Davis, editor, Tire Review.
The MEMA/APAA/ASIA event, being touted as the groups' biggest show ever, will feature more than 1,348 exhibitors occupying 4,038 booths. In addition to seminars and workshops, it includes a new product and packaging showcase and live product demonstrations throughout the show.
Running concurrently with that show is the Specialty Equipment Market Association's SEMA/AI aftermarket trade show held in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Thus far, SEMA said it has more than 3,400 booths and 1,100 exhibiting companies, including major original equipment manufacturers. Kicking off the show will be ``Innovations Day,'' Monday, Oct. 23, featuring presentations by automakers.
The SEMA show also will have a number of seminars of particular as well as general interest to tire dealers, including the following:
``Tire dealers: Building repeat business,'' 8-9:30 a.m.
``How and when to sell your business,'' 8-9:30 a.m.
``The retail environment,'' 10:30 -11:30 a.m. (repeats Oct. 25 & 26)
``What does your customer expect?'' 1-2 p.m. (repeats Oct. 25 & 26)
``How to merchandise,'' 3-3:30 p.m. (repeats Oct. 25 & 26)
``What happens when Wal-Mart comes to town?'' 6-8 p.m.
David Schaub, president and chief executive officer of Michelin Americas Small Tires, will deliver a keynote address on ``The dynamics of the replacement and performance tire business,'' from 8-9:30 a.m.
``Profitability for today's independent tire dealer,'' 8-9:30 a.m.
``Tire dealer: Focus on the future,'' 8-9:30 a.m.
``Tire dealer: Competitive pricing,'' 8-9:30 a.m.