RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Brent Windom, Uni-Select’s senior vice president, sales and marketing USA, will present the Customer Spotlight at the Fall Conference of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Technology Council (ATC) on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Marco Island, Fla.
“Uni-Select is looking forward to presenting to and networking with the supplier community at the ATC Fall Conference,” said Windom. “The networking is extremely valuable to us and to our suppliers because we view technology and e-commerce as essential elements of our going-forward strategy. Sharing information and connecting successfully with our suppliers helps us sell more of their parts.”
“The Customer Spotlight is one of the most-anticipated sessions during the ATC’s annual event. Brent has presented previously and is one of the highest-rated speakers from past conferences,” noted Chris Gardner, AASA vice president. “He will discuss Uni-Select’s view of technology in the aftermarket, its future role and the distributor’s planned e-commerce projects. This will enable suppliers to better understand how to service and grow business with this leading channel partner.”
The ATC Fall Conference 2012 is set for Sunday, Oct. 14, through Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Marco Island Marriott, Marco Island, Fla. This year’s event is focused on the theme, “Intersection of Business & Technology.”
“The annual ATC Fall Conference is the only event in our industry focused on the needs of aftermarket supplier technology professionals and their channel partners,” Gardner said. “Brent’s presentation and the information-packed agenda makes this year’s event a ‘must attend’ to benefit from the technology dialogue among channel partners.”
The event is designed for professionals working at automotive aftermarket suppliers responsible for their company’s customer service, business support, e-commerce, information services, cataloging, forecasting, supply chain, EDI, IT/IS and Web services.
Other confirmed speakers and presentations at the ATC Fall Conference include:
Keynote Address: “The Convergence of Business & Technology,” Bill Long, AASA executive vice president
“Aftermarket IT Spend and Trends,” Paul McCarthy, AASA vice president, industry analysis, planning and member services
Heavy Duty Breakout Session:
“State of EDI in the Heavy Duty Market,” Bill Burns, chief operating officer, HDA TruckPride
“Leveraging VMRS Codes to Streamline Communications and Increase Parts Sales,” Dave Reed, Arsenault Associates
“Understanding Commercial Vehicle Configurations: It’s not Make/Model/Year.” Michele Calbi , vice president strategic initiatives, Navistar Truck Group
Automotive Breakout Session:
“Global Vehicle Platforms: The Need for Global Data,” David Winter, vice president, sales and marketing, TecDoc
“Channel Visibility: Accessing and Utilizing POS Data,” Rod Bayless, director of industry solutions, Epicor Software Corp.
“Connecting with the Technician,” Stephen Sigg, e-business manager, ACDelco
“Aftermarket Match: Complete Visibility of Trading Partner Data Requirements & Capabilities,” Chris Gardner, vice president, AASA, and Scott Luckett, CIO, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)
“eBay & WHI- Strange Bedfellows or Synergy for the Aftermarket?,” Bryan Murphy, managing director of WHI Solutions and senior director of eBay
“Content is the New King!,” David P. Ortega, O’Reilly and Tim Martin, K&N Engineering
“Mobile Devices & Apps Panel: Opportunities & Pitfalls,” moderated by Brent Berman, e-business and content leader, Federal-Mogul
“Make the CEO Happy- Harmonizing IT & Marketing,” Jeff Peake, Abundance Analytics, and Hubert Sawyers, MontAd
“IPO Success Stories,” Manufacturer: Kevin Pentecost, Standard Motor Products; Channel Partner: Steve Gould, Auto-Wares
Manufacturer-only Sessions: Automotive and heavy duty suppliers discuss topics and issues addressed during the conference in separate, concurrent sessions
For more information on the conference agenda, click here.