Thousands of business people sharing a keen interest in anything related to the automotive aftermarket will be descending on Las Vegas from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 for the annual Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) collection of trade shows.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will sponsor the Performance Tires & Wheels Show in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall. The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association will host the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX) Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Sands Expo Center. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) will conduct its 2007 Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS) Nov. 1-3 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
The International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) will run Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center with a four-day educational conference and a three-day exposition.
The following is a schedule of the shows and a number of seminars that may be of interest to tire dealers and automotive service shop operators.
The SEMA Show expects to host more than 2,000 exhibitors showcasing their wares on more that 1 million square feet of floor space. More than 100,000 attendees from more than 100 countries involved in the automotive, truck and sport-utility vehicle, marine and recreational vehicle markets are expected to visit the 11 market-based sections and view the debut of about 1,400 products in the trade show's New Products Showcase.
The SEMA Show also offers educational seminars, product demonstrations and special events.
The Performance Tires & Wheels Show is expected to include about 350 exhibitors, most of which will have booths in the South Hall section of the convention center.
During the week's events, TIA will present ``Tires at Two'' workshops at 2 p.m. with a panel of tire dealers sharing their ``secrets of success'' Oct. 30-31, and manufacturer forums discussing trends in tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
During the trade show, TIA also will offer a members lounge at its Booth #41109, where its members can relax, network and check e-mail.
SEMA plans to present several programs for international visitors, including a full-service Center for International Commerce, educational programs, social functions and networking opportunities. SEMA also will distribute an international buyers' guide and multilingual signs and present seminars about selling in international and U.S. markets.
AAPEX attracts manufacturers, wholesalers, warehouse distributors, jobbers, retailers, independent service providers and technicians. Last year the show hosted more than 2,067 exhibitors.
The AAIA is sponsoring its annual Town Hall meeting during the show to showcase major corporate executives of Fortune 500 firms who are expected to share ``relevant successful strategies that are transferable to the aftermarket.'' CBS journalist and ``Face the Nation'' host Bob Schieffer will headline the event at 7 a.m., Nov. 1, at the Palazzo Ballroom in the Venetian Hotel. Tickets are $90.
NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs will attend AAPEX on NASCAR Celebrity Day Oct. 31 and throughout the AAPEX event as invited guests at various exhibitors' booths.
The ASA expects to lure more exhibitors to its CARS event than in previous years. The exhibitor showcase, which included more than 60 exhibitors of mechanical repair products and services last year, will take place Nov. 1 during the Service Professionals Industry Reception and on Nov. 2 during the CARS Luncheon.
The ASA will offer 12 technical courses and four management seminars Nov. 1-3 to help attendees increase shop efficiency and profitability. The ASA's Washington representative, Bob Redding, will provide attendees with a legislative update.
NACE will offer 57 conference sessions with tracts in auto glass, estimating, jobber, management, vehicle repair and general sessions for dealer and insurance professionals. For the first time, the conference will offer a women's professional development tract with four sessions designed to augment the skills and careers of women in the auto service and collision repair industries.
The schedule of SEMA/TIA show events and seminars-all in the Las Vegas Convention Center, unless otherwise noted-includes:
Monday, Oct. 29
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
``Customer Service Excellence: How to Win and Keep Customers,'' seminar with Sam Allman of Allman Consulting.
``Hottest Trends in Search Engine Marketing,'' seminar with Rebecca Lieb of the ClickZ Network.
``How to Develop a Strong Team,'' seminar with Bob Negen of WhizBang! Training.
``Making Change Happen-Fast: New Tools for Implementation,'' seminar with Jerald Jellison of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
``Signage Can Be a Secret Weapon,'' seminar with Rick Segel, veteran retailer and marketing expert for Staples.com.
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
``Essential Online Solutions: Five-Step Formula for Small-Business Success,'' seminar with Mr. Segel.
``Get Maximum Bang for Your Marketing Bucks with Little or No Money,'' seminar with Mr. Negen.
``MAP, Resale Price Program & Related Distribution Issues,'' seminar with Barbara Sicalides of Pepper Hamilton L.L.P.
``Profit Strategies for Retailers,'' seminar with Mr. Allman.
``What is the Connection Between Leaders and Followers?'' seminar with Dr. Mardy Grothe, psychologist and management consultant.
TIA annual meeting, Florentine II at Caesars Palace.
Education Week Luncheon and Keynote Address, Las Vegas Hilton.
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
``Boost Your Company Image, Sales and Profitability with Good Product Data,'' seminar with Scott O'Toole of Motor State Distributing.
``Electronic Marketing Secrets Techies Don't Tell You,'' seminar with Mr. Negen.
``Performance Diesel Marketing,'' panel discussion.
``Sales Effectiveness: Improve the Effectiveness of a Sales Organization/Build Sustainable Performance,'' seminar with John Kaplan of Force Management.
``Seven Deadly Sins of Management and How to Avoid Them,'' seminar with Dr. Grothe.
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
TIA Welcome Reception; Tickets are $50 and open to all show attendees; Neptune Poolside at Caesars Palace.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
6:45 a.m.-9 a.m.
TIA Breakfast with the President features keynote speaker Jim Ports, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); presentations by outgoing TIA President Paul Hyatt and incoming President Peggy Fisher; TIA's Hall of Fame inductions; and presentation of Tire Business' Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award. Tickets are $35 and open to all show attendees; Palace I ballroom at Caesars Palace.
7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
SEMA New Product Awards Breakfast, Las Vegas Hilton.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
PTW/SEMA Show exhibit hours
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Vehicle Technology Briefing Seminar: ``Connected Vehicle Technologies and the Aftermarket'' with John Waraniak of SEMA and Steven Underwood of the Center for Automotive Research.
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Vehicle Technology Briefing Seminar: ``Aftermarket Mobile Electronics Integration'' with Chris Cook of Peripheral Electronics and Michael Blicher of Immersion Corp.
Technical Seminar: ``Royal 4 Systems-Voice for Warehouses.''
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Technical Seminar: ``Amsoil-Advancements in Full Flow Oil Filtration for Auto and Light Trucks Applications.''
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Technical Seminar: ``Weight Distribution & Trailer Sway Control Installation and Usage'' with Dawn McConnachie.
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tires at Two: ``Successful Tire Dealers Share Their Secrets,'' moderated by Ron Lautzenheiser of College Tire Inc. and Tom Wright of Wright Tire Service. Panelists include: William Jarvis of Midwest Tire & Auto Repair Inc.; Jeff Burke of Terry's Tire Town; Scott Koldenhoven of Big O Tire Colorado Springs; Chip Huber of Q Fix Truck Service; Dave Crawford of American Car Care Centers Inc.; and Mike Berra Jr. of Community Tire and Retreading.
Tire at Two: ``TPMS Vehicle Manufacturer Presentations,'' with moderator Kevin Rohlwing of TIA. Panelists from General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. will discuss the current state of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for their new models, recommend practices for servicing and maintenence, and answer audience questions.
``Motorsports by the Numbers,'' seminar with SEMA's Megan McKernan.
``The Future of Inventory Control-RFID,'' seminar with Doug Jacobs of Restylers' Choice.
``Understanding Your Brand and How It Can Work for You,'' seminar with Dan Martens of MISIX Inc.
``Use Electronic Marketing to Increase Profits and Decrease Costs,'' seminar with Brian Offenberger, marketing consultant.