LAS VEGAS (Nov. 21, 2013) — The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) has selected "Connected" as the theme for 2014 event, to be held May 20-21 in Rosemont, Ill.
"The word 'connected' speaks to our common bond as an industry and the opportunity that GAAS provides each year to bring the aftermarket together for networking and education," said Denny Welvaert, GAAS chairman.
"Our 2014 theme also looks at how automotive electronics, specifically telematics, are bringing the connected car to reality and how it will impact the aftermarket."
GAAS 2014, slated for the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, will feature breakout sessions covering topics such as training that impacts a new generation, trends in the heavy duty aftermarket and how to translate a strategic plan into action. General session topics will include a look at telematics and a global view of the Chinese aftermarket.
The 19th annual two-day symposium is geared for industry leaders and experts to examine the issues and trends affecting the worldwide automotive aftermarket and influencing its future.
Each year the net proceeds of GAAS are invested in the organization's scholarship fund to help students get their automotive aftermarket career started, the organization said. Additional scholarship funding comes from industry contributions from individuals, companies and foundations. To date GAAS, has awarded scholarships to more than 1,700 students representing $1.7 million in aid.
For more information on GAAS 2014, visit the event's website or phone 301-654-6664.