The Alliance kicked off its’ Annual Summer meeting with derby flair by welcoming more than 450 people to Louisville, Kentucky, this week. Monday’s general session began with a “Call to the Post” by the official bugler of Churchill Downs, Steve Buttleman.
The general session consisted of Alliance headquarter presentations ranging from product analysis and reviews, information technologies, sales and marketing initiatives to general group matters. Monday’s agenda concluded with a blue grass reception featuring Kentucky fare.
“Just like our shareholders, I look forward to our Summer Meeting every year but this year is extra special for me,” says John R. Washbish, president and CEO of the Alliance as well as a Louisville native. “It is great to welcome everyone to my hometown and work together to reinforce our position as the world’s leading aftermarket group.”
Members representing the Alliance’s 50 shareholders from the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Canada, joined 100 manufacturers over three days this week to further develop their membership programs, and discuss industry and business trends, product reviews, new IT advancements, upcoming marketing promotions, as well as national accounts and certified service program efforts. The meeting wrapped up Wednesday.