AAPEX will open Oct. 30 with a keynote session, "Breakfast with John King and Karl Rove: How Trade and the Elections Could Impact the Aftermarket," at the Venetian hotel, Palazzo Ballroom.
Mr. Rove was a senior adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000-07 and is an author of weekly op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News Channel contributor. Mr. King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of the network's Inside Politics program.
The session will begin with a State of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry presentation by ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey and AASA President and COO Bill Long.
AAPEX is expanding several programs this year to spotlight the impact of technology on the automotive aftermarket, including:
Mobility Garage, which debuted in 2017, has expanded to two sections, both offering hands-on demos and technology-focused training sessions. The Shop Equipment and Technology section will offer 20 sessions, while the Electric Car and Alternative Fuel/Energy section will offer 24 sessions.
The Technology of Tomorrow exhibitor section will showcase technologies that are not yet available, but are being tested and discussed. This section will feature a demo of Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI), sponsored by the ACA.
Let's Tech features 20-minute presentations on topics such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and the need for calibration, using technology to service more customers and technology for inventory optimization.
AAPEXedu offers 18 educational sessions, including trends in the industry and emerging technologies, radar sensors in modern chassis systems and battery tester innovations.
New Product and Packaging Showcases will highlight the latest technology, tools and equipment critical to attendees' businesses, as well as new packaging designs.
Women in Auto Care, an ACA community, has a number of events planned, including: Women in Auto Care Awards, Oct. 30, 4 to 5 p.m., Venetian Hotel, Casanova Room 505, followed by a reception from 5 to 6 p.m.; and a networking lunch, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Buddy V's Ristorante at Palazzo Shoppes.
The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association will hold its annual membership meeting Oct. 29 at the Venetian Palazzo/Rooms 3202-3205, starting at 4:30 p.m., with a networking reception to follow.
On Nov. 1, nearly 5,000 Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper automotive professionals are expected to conduct an organized walk from the Mirage hotel to the Sands Expo to attend AAPEX.
The event is expected to shut down Las Vegas Boulevard temporarily along the route starting at 8:30 a.m. (PDT). A marching band will lead the employees, including parts store operators, shop owners, technicians and service writers, wearing their corporate yellow shirts.
Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper are part of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, a global distribution and marketing organization for parts and service for parts stores and certified service centers.
The visit to AAPEX 2018 coincides with the Alliance's Aftermarket Jackpot Convention taking place Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at the Mirage.