LAS VEGAS -- It's time to start marking your schedules for the many Industry Week events. Here are some highlights regarding what SEMA, AAPEX and CARS have planned at this year's extravaganza. For up-to-date information, as well as information on registering and hotels, visit each show's Web site.
The show has organized displays into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase will feature more than 1,100 newly introduced parts, tools and components, say organizers.
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The SEMA Education Week Luncheon will be held Monday, Nov. 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton. A Ford Motor Co. representative will present the keynote address.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) Breakfast with the President, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. at the Paris Hotel. Sponsored by Cooper Tire, the breakfast will also feature a presentation of the Hall of Fame Awards.
Dr. Kerry Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the SEMA Businesswoman's Network Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7:15 a.m.
The Silent Auction has been a part of the SEMA Show since 1993, and proceeds benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Presented by the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN), the Silent Auction features collectibles and memorabilia. This year, the auction will be on the sky bridge above the South Hall lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Bids will be taken Tuesday through Thursday during show hours. Bidding closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, and all winners must claim their winnings by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.
The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW)/Overseas Automotive Council (OAC) Reception is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the Treasure Island Hotel.
The Car Care Council's Women's Board will hold its seventh annual reception on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. in rooms 106 and 107 of the Sands Expo Center. The reception will include presentations to the Aftermarket Woman of the Year recipient, Automotive Communications Awards winners and the winner of the Women's Board scholarship.
In "Service Information Rules, Updates and Future Developments," Holly Pugliese of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Allen Lyons of the California Air Resources Board will present progress so far in making critical diagnostic tools and information affordable and conveniently accessible to independent technicians. The one-hour session on Nov. 2 at 8 a.m. will focus on future federal and state regulatory initiatives related to the vehicle aftermarket including an extension of the service information requirements for heavy-duty vehicles.
The AIA Industry Awards Presentation will take place at the Sands Expo Center on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m.
Four Executive Sunrise Seminars will be held at the Sands Expo Center.
* On Tuesday, Nov. 2, John Force of John Force Racing will present "Building Winning Teams" at 7:45 a.m. At 9 a.m., Ron Hutchinson, vice-president, Parts and Accessories, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., will present "Building Brand Identity."
* On Thursday, Nov. 4, Bram Johnson, executive vice president, FedEx, will lead the session "Efficiencies in Distribution," at 7:45 a.m. Marc Linster, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Avicon, will present "The Risks & Rewards of RFID in the Aftermarket" at 9 a.m.
"Repairing the Auto Repair Image" is the theme of this year's Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 3 at the Venetian Hotel at 7 a.m. Moderated by Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA's president and CEO, the keynote panel includes a new car dealer, a motorist membership organization, an independent shop owner, a retailer and manufacturers.
Robert O' Connor of RLO Management Solutions will present two sessions on shop management, "As An Owner Start Earning the Income You Want" and "Advanced Techniques for Acquiring Preventive Maintenance Business" on Nov. 3 and 4.
Service professionals will be recognized at AAPEX on Thursday, Nov. 4, designated "Service Professionals Day." Show organizers will welcome service professionals at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. in front of Hall C at the exhibits' entrance.
CONGRESS OF AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR AND SERVICE (CARS)
As a prelude to this year's CARS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a special session to discuss the implementation of the original equipment manufacturers' service information Web sites. The session will take place Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Flamingo. Several OEMs will be present to provide live demonstrations of their Web sites. In addition, EPA will present its plan for a formal audit of all the automakers' Web sites.
The Fall NASTF Meeting is scheduled for Nov. 3 at the Flamingo at 1:30p.m. The five current NASTF committees on service information, training, tools and equipment, vehicle security and communications will provide reports and discuss future plans.
The International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN) and the Automotive Service Association (ASA) will jointly sponsor the third annual Service Professionals Industry Reception Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Sunset Ballroom of the Flamingo.
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Miller's "Personal Accountability and QBQ" formula for eliminating blame, complaining and procrastination in attendees' lives will be incorporated throughout the address.
ASA's Washington, DC representative Bob Redding will be the featured speaker during breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 6, and he will discuss legislation and regulations affecting the service industry.
Seven OEM New Product Technology Sessions will be offered on Nov. 4 by DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, Isuzu, Toyota and Volkswagen. The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) will hold three management seminars. Susan Christopherson will present "Women are Customers, Too;" Bob O'Connor will lead "How to Get Your Share of the Highly Profitable Fleet Business;" and Chris "Chubby" Frederick will present "Relationship Marketing Systems." In addition, seven technical training sessions are offered, including Mode $06 diagnostics and Ford 7.3L Power Stroke diagnostics.
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This year's "Celebration of Excellence" event, a special evening dedicated to honoring the achievements of ASA members and other industry leaders, will be held Friday, Nov. 5, in the Sunset Ballroom of the Flamingo Las Vegas, at 7 p.m.
The program will include a graduation ceremony recognizing those who have earned the Automotive Management Institute's Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation. The evening also will include ASA's annual awards ceremony, a sit-down dinner and entertainment.