Automotive Industry Leaders address growth and collaboration.

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On May 8, at Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, panel of industry leaders from manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service sectors will discuss how rapidly changing automotive aftermarket impacts global sourcing, collaboration in industry, and customer relationships. Panel discussion titled Do You Know Where You Are Going To? will explore how changing customer demands have affected traditional supply chain as well as how to promote more collaboration among supply chain partners.



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Automotive Industry Leaders to Address Growth and Collaboration at the 2007 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium



Research Triangle Park, N.C. - A panel of industry leaders from the manufacturing, distribution, retail and service sectors will discuss how the rapidly changing automotive aftermarket impacts global sourcing, collaboration in the industry and customer relationships on Tuesday, May 8, at the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, Ill.

"There are many challenges inherent in today's automotive aftermarket," said Steve Handschuh, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the panel moderator. "We have truly become a global industry and changes and transitions are happening with almost blinding speed."

The panel discussion, "Do You Know Where You Are Going To?," will address the long term impact of the rapid escalation of global sourcing, explore how changing customer demands have affected the traditional supply chain and discuss how to promote more collaboration among supply chain partners.

Panelists include:
Rusty Bishop, president, Federated Auto Parts
Larry Magee, CEO and president, BFS Retail & Commercial Operations LLC
Peter Morse, president, Morse Automotive
Dave Mueller, executive vice president, merchandising and marketing, Advance Auto Parts

About GAAS
The net proceeds from the event go toward funding industry scholarships. In 2006 the GAAS scholarship fund awarded a total of 159 students with $1,000 scholarships, bringing the total number of recipients to more than 1,150 students which represents over $1.1 million in funding in its 12-year history. Details about the GAAS scholarship program are available at www.automotivescholarships.com.

The GAAS program is a joint professional education effort of the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada, Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association (APRA), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Tire Industry Association (TIA) and University of the Aftermarket.

Contact
Emily McConnell, Communications Manager
919-406-8811 emcconnell@mema.org

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