Held in conjunction with the Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days, the event was hosted by NAPA and attracted nearly 100 young industry professionals.
Sam Palmer, senior data analyst for the Genuine Parts Company, NAPA’s parent company, shared, “I thought the event was a great success! It was a great time to unwind and enjoy others in the industry. I know personally that the majority of my colleagues and some suppliers I work with already were there. It was enjoyable to exchange ideas of what we are working on while enjoying a drink while mingling with the next generation of the automotive industry.”
Attendees enjoyed the networking opportunities that the event provided, allowing them to interact with suppliers and others in the industry who they normally would not see on a regular basis.
“Everyone I have talked to at GPC loved the event. We’ve all been talking about how great it was,” Palmer stated. “The purpose of any YANG Regional Meet-Up is to network and have fun doing it. This type of event allows industry professionals to create great connections and build trust in a different way than they may feel comfortable doing during a formal conference, and NAPA’s involvement demonstrates our support in what YANG is all about and trying to accomplish.
“I am a unique circumstance where my company was the sponsor of the event, so I got the chance to socialize with my co-workers, directors and senior director in ways that I normally wouldn’t. We had a great moment at the end of the night where we realized AutoZone, O'Reilly’s and NAPA were all together having fun. It was funny at the time because we are rivals, but there in the middle of Atlanta, we were laughing about how ‘we’re ALL here together! Well, except Advance.’ I really believe that in order for the auto industry to really flourish, we need to work together as a dysfunctional family. We may bicker and think we are right over the other company, but at the end of the day, we are a family. Events like these [provide] a laid-back environment for us to build lasting industry connections.”
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