North Richland Hills, TX, September 28, 2016 - The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced a strategic partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), which is co-owned by Auto Care Association and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), a division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), to promote and support ASA's 2016 regional training initiative for automotive service facility owners and repair professionals. ASA's largest regional education program of 2016 will take place during AAPEX in Las Vegas, NV at the Venetian from Monday, October 31 - Tuesday, November 1.
"The partnership and ongoing collaboration among the associations is a defining moment for the industry," said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. "Working together and leveraging each other's strengths will benefit service repairers, suppliers and consumers. We are committed to continue exploring ways to deliver value to our members and helping the industry."
Shop owners and managers attending the two-day training sessions will receive credit from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) toward earning their Automotive Accredited Manager (AAM) designation. All sessions during this two-day management training are AMi-approved for credit. The cost is only $150 total for the two days, which includes free admission to AAPEX/SEMA.
The program will feature some of the top speakers in the industry, including:
• Bogi Lateiner
• Greg Marchand
• Amy Mattinat
• Bob Ward
• Jeremy O'Neal
• Bob Greenwood
• Donny Seyfer
• Jorge Antico
• Bill Haas
• Jude Larsen
Sessions focus on vital topics for managers to run and grow their business, including profitability secrets, targeted marketing, succession planning, effective leadership, servicing connected cars, data management, process improvement & LEAN, selling maintenance, growing your customer base, hiring processes, and more!
"Delivering quality education and training at convenient times and locations for repair shop owners and managers is more important than ever," said Bill Hanvey, Auto Care Association president and CEO.. "Faced with rapidly developing vehicle technology, advanced management systems and higher customer expectations, these professionals must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to run efficient and profitable businesses.. We look forward to collaborating with ASA on this and other initiatives to further enhance educational opportunities for the auto care industry."
For the complete agenda and information, please visit or call 817-514-2900.
With sponsorship inquiries, please reach out to Robert Martin, 832-646-0176 or
"The service environment is the aftermarket's focal point where emerging consumer technologies, complex vehicles and new diagnostic/repair processes are converging," said Bill Long, president & COO of AASA. "Maintaining the nation's 260 million passenger vehicles and connecting with changing consumer habits requires professional training, and our new partnership will deliver it. We're excited to combine the AAPEX brand with ASA's training initiatives."
About the Automotive Service Association
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry. ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. For additional information about ASA or to join, go to or visit ASA's legislative website at
About the Auto Care Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has more than 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. Visit
About AASA
AASA ( exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products which support 710,000 employees in the United States. AASA is a recognized industry change agent - promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues and serving as a valued resource for members. AASA is the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
"AASA, The Voice for the Automotive Aftermarket Supplier Industry."
AAPEX represents the global aftermarket auto parts industry, and is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). For more information, visit or e-mail:
ASA Regional Events are produced for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) by Stone Fort Group, an integrated media company specializing in live events, print and digital media. For 2016 exhibit or show information, contact ASA's show management team at:
Stone Fort Group
(832) 932-7868
12335 Kingsride Lane, #420
Houston, TX 77024
For additional event information, visit