BETHESDA, Md. (Jan. 16, 2015) — The Automotive Electric Association (AEA), a segment of the Auto Care Association (ACA), will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month.
The association is marking the event by hosting a banquet from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Portofino Ristorante in the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas.
Former AEA Chairman Dale Larson, chairman and CEO, UESCO Warehouse Inc., will be the guest speaker at the event, the AEA said, which is being held during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2015.
“AEA has been a part of ASIA, and then AAIA and now the Auto Care Association, and we still maintain our uniqueness and individuality,” said Steve Kelshaw, AEA chairman.
“We want to thank our members for their ongoing support and look forward to working with our younger members to grow the organization.”
The AEA was founded in 1915, according to the association, with the purpose to protect manufacturing suppliers of original electrical equipment from a web of patent ligation that stemmed from the rapidly growing demand for vehicles on home soil and abroad during World War I. Throughout the years, AEA has helped in the standardization of engineering design with the cooperation of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the standardization of business methods and cost accounting in cooperation with Federal Trade Commission and the auto care industry, the AEA added.
All current AEA members are welcome to attend the banquet. For more information about the event, networking opportunities, market research or legislative initiatives, contact Courtney Hammer, AEA staff liaison, at 301-654-6664 or via email at [email protected].