Business and technology leaders representing several dozen manufacturers and distributors attended the event.
McCarthy comes up through AASA’s top leadership, where he had served nearly three years as second in command and executive vice president to AASA’s previous president and COO, Bill Long.
“Intellectual property protection in the automotive aftermarket has never been more important, yet we have never organized a cross-industry effort to combat the myriad issues surrounding IP,” said Chris Gardner, AASA senior vice president.
During his three-year board term, Long will help oversee the Hall of Fame’s financial direction and help preserve the mission of the prestigious organization.
Attendees participated in more than 130 meetings with legislators and Trump-administration officials, with the goal of helping them understand the impact of tariffs and other issues as well as how decisions in Washington affect businesses across the country.
The supplier industry has been unified in its argument that a strong North American trade deal and a stable supply chain are essential to allow U.S. businesses to remain competitive in a global marketplace.
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Taps Bill Long to Lead Organization During Critical Time
The MEMA board of directors selected Long after a national search conducted by Egon Zehnder to replace former MEMA President and CEO Steve Handschuh, who retired in December.
The agenda for the 2019 Global Summit focused on growth opportunities in Latin America, China and the Middle East.
Gardner’s responsibilities in her new position at AASA will include membership growth and retention, identifying member needs and potential new association services, and building relationships and relevance with sponsor-partners of AASA events and special programs.
Auto Care Association CEO Bill Hanvey: Major Initiatives Include Data Access, Global Vehicle Identifier
Bill Hanvey: “We’re involved in advocacy at the state and federal levels to legislatively guarantee the consumer’s right to be able to access and control their vehicle’s data.”
The conference will take place May 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Car Care Council North America has been created through partnerships with the national trade associations in Canada and Mexico.