BETHESDA, Md. (Aug. 16, 2005) — Four veteran staff members of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) have been promoted to new positions.
Rich White, vice president of marketing and member relations and an AAIA staffer since it was established in 1999, has been named senior vice president, marketing and member relations. He oversees the Bethesda-based association's marketing, public relations and media relations efforts, its publications and Web sites, and most recently its Car Care Council and “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign.
Michael Barratt, senior director of meetings, has been promoted to vice president, meetings. Mr. Barratt, who has been with AAIA for nine years, oversees all meetings and conferences for the group and its segments, committees and managed associations. Those include the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, Automotive Communication Council, Aftermarket eForum and Women's Board. His responsibilities include meeting planning, site selection, contract negotiation and on-site logistics, according to the AAIA.
Dan Kaplan, senior director of market research, has become vice president, market research. With the association for more than five years, Mr. Kaplan oversees its market research department and the production and marketing of its various research reports and studies, which include the AAIA's research publication, Aftermarket Factbook.
Dedra Selby, executive assistant and manager, human resources, has been promoted to director of administration. A nine-year AAIA veteran, she manages all human resources activities for the group, assists its president and works closely with its board of directors and executive committee. Ms. Selby oversees all human resources functions, including payroll, employee benefits, recruitment and retention, as well as staff policies and procedures. She also serves as office manager, overseeing some of the AAIA's administrative staff.
The AAIA has more than 7,566 member companies and affiliates that make, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Through the group's membership, it represents more than 54,000 repair shops and parts stores.