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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:20

Industry Leaders Speak to CAWA Leadership in Napa

At the California and Nevada Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) leadership meetings held in Napa, CA in February 2014, industry leaders and experts made presentations to the CAWA leaders and members during the general session. Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) president, Kathleen Schmatz, started it off by re-introducing her organization as the Auto Care Association, which is more reflective of the aftermarket industry. The re-branding of the association was critical to a better understanding of the industry by policy makers and consumers. She discussed the various programs of AAIA and how, together with CAWA, they can be an asset to businesses, particularly in partnership with their respective government affairs program out west. Jim Grubbs of eBay Motors was the next speaker who discussed how his organization was impacting the traditional automotive parts distribution channel. Although they do not sell parts as an organization, eBay Motors electronically puts sellers together with buyers of auto parts and its growth has been significant and continues to be a factor in parts distribution. For more information, email Rodney Pierini or call him at 1.800.332.2292, ext. 1.

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