LAS VEGAS (Oct. 15, 2015) — The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Automotive Aftermarket Parts Exposition (AAPEX) will be highlighting new technology, automotive products and training seminars, Nov. 2-6, at two venues in Las Vegas.
The SEMA Show, which includes the Global Tire Expo--Powered by TIA (Tire Industry Association), will be held Nov. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The mega show is expected to feature more than 2,300 exhibitors and draw an anticipated 125,000 attendees. The show is not open to the general public.
AAPEX 2015 will be held Nov. 3-5 at the Sands Expo and is expected to feature more than 2,200 exhibitors and draw about 39,000 automotive aftermarket professionals. AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, a division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.
TIA will hold its annual meeting at the Tropicana Las Vegas, Nov. 2, during which new officers and board members will be installed. In the evening, TIA will host its annual Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony at the Tropicana Las Vegas, with a keynote address by Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc.
During the ceremony, TIA will induct five industry veterans into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame: Ross Fischer, the late owner of McCord Auto Supply; Herman “Hy” Freeman, retired technical services and training manager, Rema Tip Top North America; Paul Hyatt, chairman of Superior Tire & Auto; Bucky Stein, founder of Target Tire; and Raghupati Singhania, chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries Ltd.
TIA also will award Tom Klinge, managing director and co-founder of Klinge & Co., and Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's senior vice president of training, with the Ed Wagner Leadership Award.
Tire Business will present its annual Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award during the ceremony.
The SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo is offering about 60 education seminars, Nov. 2-6 at the LVCC. Seminars focusing on the tire industry and on social media include:
Mon., Nov. 2
- Customer Service & Sales: 7 Reasons You Need to Be Using Social Media as Your Customer Service Portal, with speaker Corey Perlman, eBootcamp.com
Tues., Nov. 3
- Using Digital to Your Advantage, Jamie Reutershan, Google Inc.
- Tires at 2: Successful Tire Dealers Share Their Secrets, presented by the winner of Tire Business Humanitarian Award and other dealers
- Truck Tires at 10: Road Service Safety, Kevin Rohlwing, TIA, and Laramie Sandquist, Federated Insurance
- TPMS at 10: New Developments in TPMS & Tool Technology, Sean MacKinnon, TIA; Mark Becker, Pacific Manufacturing Ohio Inc.; Jean-Christophe Deniau, Continental Automotive Systems Inc.; Scot Holloway, Bartec USA; Brandon Motney, ATEQ Corp; Benjamin Müller, Huff Automotive; and Carl Wacker, Schrader International Inc.
- Social Media Marketing: Staying Sane as a One Person Social Media Department, Michael Brown, The Brainzooming Group
Wed., Nov. 4
- Aftermarket Wheels and Tires—Right Sale, Right Fit. Powered by WTC and TIA, Wayne Williams, Exsell Marketing, and Sean MacKinnon
- Management at 2: Training More Than Tires, Kevin Rohlwing
- Truck Tires at 10: TPMS for Trucks, Matt White, TIA
- Women Driven: WOMEN ONLY: Women in Business—Shattering the Glass Ceiling! Powered by SBN and TIA, Freda Pratt-Boyer, TIA president; Michelle Krebs, Autotrader Inc.
- Global Retread Symposium, Marvin Bozarth, TIA; David Stevens, Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau; Brian Hayes, Purcell Tire & Rubber Co.; Ruud Spuijbroek, BIPAVER; Salvador Pérez Lucena, Grupo Soledad; and Aldo Bastos, ALARNEU
- Keynote & Coffee: How Expectations Are Changing the Sales Experience for Millennial Women, Powered by SBN, Bridget Brennan, Female Factor Corp.
Thurs., Nov. 5
- Using Social Media to Connect, Convert, and Create an Amazing Customer Experience, Nicole Kroese, Likeable Local Inc.
- Serving the Self-Sufficient Mobile Customer, Jeff Hasen, Gotta Mobilize
- Keynote & Coffee: Why it Pays to Be Likeable: 7 Simple Social Concepts to Drive Business Results, Dave Kerpen, Likeable Local
The AAPEX General Session, Nov. 4, will feature a keynote address by Louis Efron, head of global employee engagement and leadership development for Tesla Motors.
Mr. Efron will discuss: What purpose is and why it is important to an attendee's business and the auto care industry; how a business can revitalize its talent pool and retain the best talent; the power of knowing one's organizational “what,” “where” and “why;” and the road to changing the world.
AAPEX will host the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Fall 2015 General Meeting, Nov. 4, at the Venetian hotel. The meeting will include a session on “SAE J2534-1 v5.00: The Benefits for OEMs, Technicians and Tool Makers.”
AAPEX will debut its ExpressEdu sessions this year to offer attendees a close-up look at how new technology is currently being used in the automotive aftermarket industry and what to expect in the future. Each session is about 30 minutes in length followed by a Q&A session with the presenters.
Sessions designed for auto service professionals include:
- Disruptive and Emerging Technologies: Which Ones will Impact the Aftermarket? Jim Klimkowski and Christopher Wetmore, McGladrey L.L.P.
- Leveraging New Training Technology for Repair Shops, Bob Pattengale, Robert Bosch LLC
- Mobile Payments: Current Retail Trends and Future Expectations, Mike Martinez, DME Automotive
The expo also is offering more than 50 seminars as part of its AAPEXedu program. The sessions will be accredited by the University of the Aftermarket toward the AAP and MAAP professional designations. Seminars related to retail, aftermarket and service professionals include:
Mon., Nov. 2
- Maximizing the Value of Your Business: What To Do Before You Buy or Sell a Company, with speaker Kevin Ramsier, Vesticor L.L.C.
- The Automotive Supply Industry: Aftermarket and OE Consolidation and Merger Trends, Dietmar Ostermann, PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P.
- Succession Planning Strategies and Why They Matter in Your Business, Kevin Ramsier
Tues., Nov. 3
- 2016 Aftermarket Outlook, David Portalatin, NPD Group Inc.
- Aftermarket Dynamics and the Road Ahead: 2016-2018, Jim Lang, Lang Marketing; Timothy G. Nash, Northwood University; and Ron Rossi, Auto Care Association
- How to Best Connect... and Sell to the Millennial Buyer, Jim Pancero, Jim Pancero Inc.
- How to Profit From Content Marketing, Bob DeStefano, SVM Marketing Solutions
- How to Put Your Online Marketing Toolbox to Work, Bob DeStefano
- Telematics Support for Independent Shops, Colin Sutherland, Geotab Inc.; Jim Dykstra, Aftermarket Telematics Technologies; Mike Simmons, Automatic; Derek Kaufman, Schwartz Advisors; and Mike Martinez, DME Automotive
- Will You be Able to Attract the Best Millennials to Your Sales Team?, Jim Pancero
- How Old is Your Business Model? Benson Garner, Innovation Principle L.L.C.
- The New DIFM Market: Technology, New Models and Opportunities, Jay Burkhart, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association
- Commercial Vehicle Trends (GVWs 3-8)—Where is the U.S. and Canadian Commercial Vehicle Market Headed?, Gary Meteer, IHS Automotive
- How to Design Compelling Value Propositions, Benson Garner
Wed., Nov. 4
- Repair Shop Roundtables, Rick White, One Eighty Business Systems L.L.C.
- Amazon Can't Do That, Lee Peterson, WD Partners
- Decoding the New Consumer Mind, Kit Yarrow, Golden Gate University
- Selling in the Age of Disruption: Relevance is the New Mandate, Dirk Beveridge, 4th Generation Systems
- Telematics and the Independent Vehicle Service Industry, Greg Potter, Equipment & Tool Institute
- Connected Vehicles: The Future of Transportation, Debby Bezzina, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute; Walt Fehr, U.S. Department of Transportation; and Michael Blicher, MCBNetwrx
- Gen Y Decoded: Insights and Tactics for Managers, Leaders and Coaches, Kit Yarrow
- Selling Value to Maintain Margins in a Price Conscious World, Dirk Beveridge
- 2016 Aftermarket Outlook (also presented on Nov. 3)
- Five Trends in Five Minutes: Key Trends Affecting the Aftermarket Environment, Mark Seng, IHS Automotive
- You Know Your IQ, But What's Your CQ? Develop Your Change Intelligence to Lead Organizational Transformation That Gets Results, Barbara Trautlein, Change Catalysts L.L.C.
- New Safety Technology: Does it Work? Kim Hazelbaker, Highway Loss Data Institute
- Overcoming Resistance and Engage for Change, Barbara Trautlein
- Traditional Supply Chains to Undergo Radical Transformation by 2025, Scott M. Sopher, Deloitte Consulting L.L.P.
- Young Professionals Program — YANG Town Hall, Bill Maggs, National Pronto Association; Jeffrey Koviak, Tenneco Inc.; John Bunting, Fuse-5; Chase Baxley, The Parts House; and Jim Dykstra, Aftermarket Telematics Technologies
Thurs., Nov. 5
- Auto Services and the Digital Driver, Michael Coccagnia and Neil Halpin, Google
- Real-World Service Programming, Rick Burgard, AC Delco
- Selling Diagnostic Services for Maximum Profits, Jeremy O'Neal, Advisorfix
- Reduce Emissions Control Comebacks with Advance Diagnostic Skills and Strategies, Kris Lewis, Tenneco Inc.
- Service Advisors: Key to Business Success, Rick White
- The Repair Shop Jungle: Moving Forward and Leaving the Insanity Behind, Bob Greenwood, Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre Ltd.
- Connected Vehicles: Have You Lost Connection with Infotainment? Rick Burgard
- Reprogramming with J2534, Brian Herron, Drew Technologies
- Synthetic Oils: What, How and Why — Plus a Look at Future Trends, Boris Zhmud, Bita Trading/Bizol, and Frank Scandura, Frank's European Service
- Top 10 Reasons Brakes Differ from the Past. Wally Marciniak, Brake Parts Inc.