Friday, 24 March 2017 18:58

Kentucky Association Announces August AutoVision Conference

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Dave Tatman
KAIA Executive Director Dave Tatman


Speakers, panel discussions and the “Spark” Conference will all be part of AutoVision, the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association’s (KAIA) annual automotive summit.

It will take place this year on Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, Kentucky. More than 200 attendees from the automotive manufacturing sector in Kentucky and the southeast region are expected to attend the annual event.


“AutoVision is a very forward-looking event,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of KAIA. “Subject matter experts will share their views on the automotive landscape and give us an idea as to what they see to be key innovation trends and product developments going forward.” There will also be seminars on emerging manufacturing technologies.


One of the new features that will be included as part of AutoVision this year is the annual SPARK Conference, previously held in May. SPARK is a supplier development event designed to "spark" business relationships between automotive goods and services providers with the state's large OEMs and Tier One suppliers. Participants will have the opportunity to schedule numerous 15-minute introductory meetings with purchasing representatives from those firms to discuss their company and exchange business cards for later follow up.


KAIA was formed a couple of years ago to better represent the interests of the automotive manufacturing sector in the state, and to serve as a common voice on topics of importance for the success of these businesses. Tatman said the objectives are four-fold: branding, advocacy, leadership and workforce development. 


“KAIA continues to be very busy in representing the interests of Kentucky's automotive manufacturing industry in the many venues throughout our state, including workforce development initiatives, awareness seminars, and even in the halls of our state capitol in Frankfort, working on legislation to keep our state competitive in this highly-competitive world,” said Tatman.


More information about KAIA can be found online at Registration information and a full agenda for AutoVision will be posted on the website soon.

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