The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) and the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) hosted their second annual Automotive Aftermarket Industry Summit on February 26 at the Westin Hotel in San Diego.
CAWA Past Chair Tim Gerrity and ASCCA President Dennis Montalbano facilitated the event, which was a two hour round-table style discussion of issues the aftermarket industry is facing.
“It was very high energy, people were frank and forthright in the discussions,” said CAWA President Rodney Pierini. The meeting had very good turnout with about 85 attendees.
Attendees represented all facets of the aftermarket industry; parts store owners, warehouse distributors, manufacturers, vendors and repair garage owners.
Issues discussed ranged from training to warranties, products to supplier expectations. The group also discussed why the public does not know that the aftermarket industry is a truly green industry.
There is also a working group between the two hosting organizations that will continue to work throughout the year to improve the industry and communications through the industry.
The annual event will return next February; the first meeting was in 2010 and was really an acquaintance style meeting, whereas this year some real dialogue was had, according to Pierini.
“Attendees were able to evaluate the meeting at the end and a lot of them found it to be very valuable dialogue,” said Pierini.
Armstrong & Associates and Preferred Insurance Co. sponsored the Summit Reception and Dinner.
More information can be found at www.cawa.org or www.ascca.com.